Nevada lawmakers consider $2.1M for mental health

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Updated: 8/06/2013 6:04 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are considering fast-tracking money to improve much-scrutinized mental health programs in the Las Vegas area.

The Interim Finance Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning in Carson City to discuss a $2.1 million shot of funding aimed at improving inpatient services and reducing a backlog of psychiatric patients in hospital emergency rooms.

Gov. Brian Sandoval called for the committee to speed up the funds after an independent agency announced Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital would lose its accreditation.

State officials said they wouldn't appeal that decision, which was based on an inspection in May, but want to seek the voluntary accreditation from the Joint Commission again soon.

Rawson-Neal has been under fire after discharging patient James Brown in February to a bus to Sacramento, where he knew nobody.

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