New facility to aid the mentally ill

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Updated: 7/11/2013 12:08 am
Sparks, NV (KRNV & -- A new facility in northern Nevada is aimed at helping individuals with mental health conditions learn to live on their own.

The Dove House hosted a grand opening celebration today, July 10, 2013 in Sparks. The new facility will officially open its doors to residents next week.

The Dove House program manager, Denise Abbey says, the new facility is an effort to decrease mental health hospitalizations, jail detentions and emergency room visits and even homelessness in the state of Nevada. Abbey also says the facility that can house up to 16 people will save taxpayer money.

In 2011, a health division study shed light on a sub-group of the mentally ill population who have fallen through the cracks. The Dove House will hopefully help close the gap and keep mentally ill individuals out of mental hospitals and jails.

Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (NNAMHS) and Westcare Nevada will be helping the residents of The Dove House with medication management, substance abuse and various therapies.

Susan Deriso, a Sparks Justice Court Judge says she is looking forward to being able to refer people to the new program, "Everyday we see at least one case where you could refer them and they would be helped here, to know that there is going to be a resource is so exciting."

While living at The Dove House each resident will have their own treatment plan, some residents may stay for three months, while some could stay for up to a year.

Abbey says, "It's really exciting, because it's a collaborative effort and also it will actually save taxpayer's money." Abbey says the cost of housing someone in a mental hospital for just one month can cost upwards of $26,000. According to Abbey, The Dove House will reduce the number of people staying in mental hospitals, therefore saving the taxpayer money.

If you are interested in learning more about The Dove House you can call Denise Abbey at (775) 688-2017.
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NVAdvocate - 7/11/2013 11:18 AM
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Sixteen beds? Recent studies show safe, affordable housing has a greater positive impact on people with mental health labels than medications do. Imagine how much safe affordable community housing you could offer for what this mini-institution will cost. I whole-heartedly support treatment for substance abuse and thought disorders, I just believe it can be accomplished much more effectively (for both individual and taxpayers) in community.

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