Governor Sandoval creates 'Behavioral Health and Wellness Council'

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Updated: 12/16/2013 10:37 am
CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Governor Brian Sandoval Friday signed an executive order establishing the Governor’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Council.

The Council will examine ways of improving and strengthening the systems of support and delivery of services to those living with behavioral health conditions in Nevada. An analysis of Nevada’s mental health system, which began in May, will also be evaluated by this council.

The council will submit a report to the Governor on or before May 31 and December 31 of each year, will also be divided into regional subcommittees and be subject to open meeting law requirements.

In a news release Governor Sandoval said, "As we work to improve the delivery of mental health services in Nevada, we have spent the last few months analyzing our current system. There is a need to examine the relationships between state and local behavioral health providers, law enforcement agencies, and community partners... This council, comprised of members of the Legislature, law enforcement officials, national experts, and providers of behavioral health services in Nevada among others, will assist in closing gaps in services and offer policy recommendations to help improve the quality of life for those individuals living with behavioral health conditions in our state.”

The Department of Health and Human Services will provide administrative support, follows a recently completed DHHS analysis which provided recommendations to improve the delivery and availability of high-quality behavioral health services to individuals, their families, providers, communities and the state of Nevada as a whole.
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