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Clark County approves funds for intensive mental health services for children

Mental Health
Posted at 9:57 PM, Apr 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-20 15:16:31-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Clark County commissioners approved a contract that allows care to be provided to youth struggling with mental health and behavioral issues, the county announced in a press release on Tuesday.

The $1.9 million contract with Henderson-based Silver State Pediatric Behavioral Services passed in a 7-0 commission vote on Tuesday. County leaders say its approval means children in custody of the county’s Department of Family Services will have access to long-term inpatient care

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“Today, there are children in foster homes and at Child Haven who need more intensive supervision and care,” said Commission Chairman Jim Gibson. “Being able to provide these children with a program designed to deal with their behavioral and mental health conditions in an inpatient setting is necessary and provides for the appropriate level of care. We need to make sure the children in our care are getting the help they need and deserve.”

According to the Clark County Office of Public Communications, the contract will last through June 30 and includes the option to extend the contract through 2023. Silver State Pediatric Behavioral Services will provide up to six beds for inpatient treatment for those developmentally delayed, intellectually delayed, or diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or neurodevelopmental disability.

The county added that anyone interested in learning more information about becoming a foster parent can do so by calling 702-399-0081.