[Hpn] Reno, NV - Thousands of Nevadans with mental problems not being served - RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL -- June 18, 2002 -

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Thousands of Nevadans with mental problems not being served
20,750 people may be homeless at any given time

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Associated Press -- RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL -- June 18, 2002

Thousands of Nevadans with mental problems arenít being served because of gaps
in the stateís treatment system, a new report says.

The study by the state Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services says
high priorities should be placed on more hospital beds for the mentally ill,
psychiatric emergency services, counseling, medication and services to the
homeless.

The state hasnít estimated how much it would cost to make the improvements.
Division administrator Carlos Brandenburg said the study provides the agency
information it will use to build its upcoming biennial budget.

The report, called the ď2002 Needs Assessment,Ē was written by Laura Valentine,
a researcher for the division. It estimates that 5.4 percent of the stateís
population ó about 83,000 people ó suffer from serious mental illness. Of that
total, 25 percent (20,750 people) may be homeless at any given time, it said.

A National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors study ranked
Nevada 35th in total and per-capita spending for mental health programs,
Valentine said in the study. The state ranks 47th in per-capita spending for
state mental hospitals, the study said.

The division has a budget of $134.3 million this fiscal year. Thatís scheduled
to grow to $143.4 million on July 1, the start of a new fiscal year, according
to legislative fiscal analysts

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