CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada officials say an $11 million grant from the federal government could help them reduce suicide attempts and improve school performance among children with mental illnesses.
Disruption at Rawson-Neal following the busing scandal has caused a backlog of psychiatric cases at local emergency rooms. Last week, University Medical Center declared an "internal disaster" due to the large volume of mentally ill patients. The state placed a psychologist at the hospital to help manage the influx. Is it enough? And how can the hospital help open beds for patients with physical problems?
BY AMY KINGSLEY -- Monday, Gov. Brian Sandoval publicly acknowledged that the state had put ten psychiatric patients on buses and sent them out of state, to places where they had no family members or arrangements for treatment.
If you've been following the debate about mental illness and guns, or the saga of embattled Assemblyman Steven Brooks, you've probably heard the term "Legal 2000." That's the law that allows the state to involuntarily commit someone to a mental institution, if that person is a danger to himself or others.
According to some statistics, 1 out of 4 families is affected by mental illness. Do you know someone who is depressed or bipolar? How has mental illness affected your life? Family members and those with mental illness join us to tell their stories. Send in your questions, and share your stories with us, here.