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Mental Health

The mental health agencies of Behavioral Health provide a safety net of services and programs, designed to assist those coping with mental illness. Services are provided on a sliding fee basis and Medicaid is accepted.

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Services

Psychiatric Hospitalization
Hospitalization is the most intensive form of treatment provided for people in an acute episode of their mental illness. Generally, it is the service of last resort for those consumers who are a danger to themselves or others. Length of stay is usually a few days to three months.

Service available at: NNAMHS, SNAMHS

Outpatient Psychiatric Services
Often referred to as Medication Clinic, this service provides psychiatric medication and monitoring, education and pharmacy services to consumers with a wide variety of diagnosed mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Clinics are staffed with Psychiatrists, Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurses, Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians. Consumers are living in the community.

Service available at: NNAMHS, SNAMHS, RS

Outpatient Counseling
Group and individual therapy sessions, depending on the needs of the client, teach consumers how to manage their impulses and emotions.

Service available at: NNAMHS, SNAMHS, RS

Consumer Assistance Program / Drop-in Centers
Peer run programs offer people with mental illness the opportunity to connect with others who are on the path of recovery. Specially trained consumers run groups, provide education, and teach advocacy. The drop in centers, run by the consumer services assistants, provide a location for people recovering from mental illness to connect with one another and build relationships. They also provide an entry point to other services. This program is partially funded by Community Mental Health Services (CMHS) Block Grant.

Service available at: NNAMHS, SNAMHS, RS

Mental Health Court
Mental Health Court is a collaboration between Mental Health and the Criminal Justice system. This program provides opportunity for people with misdemeanor and minor felony criminal charges who would benefit from psychiatric treatment to be diverted from the standard criminal justice system if they participate in treatment. It is a service coordination model with caseload size of 1/25, ensuring consumers obtain benefits, comply with court ordered treatment, medication and substance abuse recovery.

Service available at: NNAMHS, SNAMHS, RS

Mobile Crisis Team (MCT)
This specialized unit works with Las Vegas area hospital emergency departments. The Team is comprised of licensed clinical social workers who travel to local Emergency Rooms (ER) to evaluate patients on involuntary holds and when feasible, develop safe discharge plans to allow the ER to discharge the person back to the community. This service averts unnecessary psychiatric hospitalizations, saves ER personnel time and reduces the numbers of psychiatric patients in the ER.

Service available at: SNAMHS

Mobile Outreach Safety Team
This is a specialized program, staffed with two LCSW’s from NNAMHS, in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies (Reno, Sparks, Washoe County) to offer psychiatric services to homeless mentally ill and those with mental illness who bring themselves to the attention of law enforcement. This helps prevent increasing numbers of mentally ill from being housed in the jail and assists with enrolling them in appropriate services.

Service available at: NNAMHS

Psychosocial Rehabilitation
Designed to assist consumers to recover their ability to perform activities of daily living, social activities and employment related skills.

Service available at: NNAMHS, RS

Residential Support
Offered in conjunction with other services, the goal of this program is to assist those living with severe mental illness to remain in a community living situation. The program includes rent and utility assistance and assistance with activities of daily living based on the individual consumers' particular needs. This program is funded in part by the HUD Shelter Plus Care Grant and also the Olmstead Grant (the Olmstead Grant is received by the Nevada DHHS Director's Office and then given to MHDS through a contractual arrangement). The remaining resources come from general fund.

Service available at: NNAMHS, SNAMHS, RS

Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Grant
This program targets homeless, or those at risk of becoming homeless, individuals access mental health services, apply for housing assistance, and/or maintain current housing. This program is funded through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). MHDS contracts with three private providers throughout the state to meet the program objectives.
Service Coordination
This service assists people with mental illness in obtaining the benefits and coordinating the services available to them throughout the community. The Service coordinator offers coaching and supports to keep the consumer engaged in treatment and recovery. The caseload guideline is 1/35.

Service available at: NNAMHS, SNAMHS, RS

Intensive Service Coordination
This is similar to service coordination, but is limited to serving people who have a mental illness and have committed a felony offense, those deemed incompetent to stand trial, as well as those released from the corrections system after they have served their sentence. Clients are provided coordination of care specific to housing, medication management, obtaining benefits, and community resource assessment. This service is funded primarily with State General Funds.

Service available at: SNAMHS

Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT)
This Program for Assertive Community Treatment ervices is based on the Evidence Based Practice (EBP) developed in Wisconsin and implemented across the globe. Sometimes described as a hospital without walls, this service provides intensive support to people (caseload ratio of 1/12) with mental illness who have a history of high use of emergency, hospital and law enforcement services. The teams work in an interdisciplinary manner to support consumers in living in the community, adherence to their medication program and employment rehabilitation.

Service available at: NNAMHS, SNAMHS

Senior Mental Health Outreach Program
This service provides case management and outreach to seniors with a diagnosed mental illness. This is currently funded by an Independent Living Grant.

Service available at: NNAMHS

Co-occurring Disorders Programs
Specializes in services for people with both mental illness and substance abuse problems. Includes group treatment and education and coordinates with outpatient psychiatric services. The NNAMHS model is integrated into the outpatient services and includes an Intensive Day Treatment Program. The SNAMHS model is funded by the MHDS SAPTA agency and is contracted out to a community provider.

Service available at: NNAMHS, SNAMHS

Community Triage Centers
MHDS's Community Triage Centers are operated by a private non-profit provider, and funded through a cooperative agreement between MHDS, the counties in which they operate (Washoe in the north, and Clark in the south), and also local hospitals. The centers provide short-term (maximum three day) residential and medical services primarily for individuals with alcohol/substance abuse problems. The purpose of the centers is to serve as an alternative to local emergency rooms for individuals who do not meet the criteria for involuntary commitment but require brief detoxification and assessment/referral for co-occurring disorders.

Service available at: NNAMHS, SNAMHS

Forensic Mental Health Services
Lake's Crossing Center (LCC) facility provides statewide forensic mental health services in a maximum security facility to mentally disordered offenders who are referred from the court system so their competency can be restored. LCC is Nevada's only facility for this purpose and, therefore, serves people from throughout the state. On the MHDS Campus in Sparks, evaluations are done to determine capacity for restoration of legal competency to stand trial and for treatment of clients adjudicated Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) so they may return safely to the community. LCC also staffs the Sex Offenders' Certification Panel and the Community Tier Reconsideration Panel with a licensed Psychologist. LCC is also charged with certifying all Forensic Examiners throughout the state. LCC is largely funded by State General Funds, with a small amount coming from county reimbursements. LCC also provides fee-based assessments to consumers in detention facilities.
Psychiatric Residency
This program is run in conjunction with the University of Nevada Medical School. Residents in psychiatry complete educational and clinical practice rotations at the Dini Townsend and Rawson Neal Hospitals, as well as in SNAMHS outpatient clinics. The majority of psychiatrists who come to work for these facilities have previously been residents.

Service available at: NNAMHS, SNAMHS