Dept. of Health and Human Services responds to recommendations for Rawson-Neal

      CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & -- The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today responded to the release of the recommendation report produced by hospital consultants for Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital. The recommendation report was produced by hospital consultants Dr. Ken Appelbaum and Dr. Joel Dvoskin.

      This is the statement the Department of Health and Human Services released:

      "We appreciate the time and effort Dr. Appelbaum and Dr. Dvoskin gave to thoroughly review and analyze Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital," said Mike Willden, DHHS Director. "The doctors' positive findings and meaningful recommendations will help us strengthen the services we provide and help us improve mental health programs within our state. Moving forward, I believe we will have a much stronger organization to help us provide greater care to those we serve."

      To gather their findings, Dr. Appelbaum and Dr. Dvoskin say they spent a week on-site at Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services and conducted an in-depth review of policies and practices.

      The state has taken action to improve services and has proposed more than $16 million to fund mental health programs and initiatives including an innovative home visiting program, community based-outpatient mental health services, additional long-term care beds at SNAMHS, and a housing assistance program for those with mental illness. These recommendations have largely been approved by the Legislative Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means committees.