Sandoval says he'll funnel $3.5M to mental health

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada state mental health services would get a $3.5 million boost from tobacco settlement money under a proposal that Gov. Brian Sandoval says he's taking to the administration's Interim Finance Committee on Thursday.

Sandoval said Tuesday he wants the state Department of Health and Human Services to act on five recommendations from his Governor's Behavioral Health and Wellness Council.

Just under $2 million will go to provide resources to address needs of children in crisis.

Other proposals include putting officials with police on the streets, and adding funds for housing through Mental Health Court programs to identify and treat frequent mental health services users.

Sandoval is calling for increased capacity at the short-term Westcare community triage center in Southern Nevada, and increased Medicaid reimbursement rates for inpatient psychiatric medical care.

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