CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A panel of state lawmakers has approved $3 million to expedite the addition of psychiatric beds in Nevada to ease overcrowding at state run facilities and reduce the logjam of psychiatric patients in hospital emergency rooms.
Thursday's approval by the Legislature's Interim Finance Committee will allow renovation of the Stein Hospital in Las Vegas, adding 58 beds, 42 of which are planned for patients in legal custody. The others would be available for overflow from the adjacent Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital.
But lawmakers were told those renovations won't be complete until 2015.
The push to upgrade psychiatric facilities comes as Nevada's mental health system is under intense scrutiny following allegations of patient dumping and poor recording keeping.
Rawson-Neal and Dini-Townsend hospital in northern Nevada are under investigation by federal regulators.
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