Camalot Todd, Nevada Current | 06/29/2022

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services launched a new virtual mental and behavioral health pilot program Wednesday with 11 law enforcement agencies in the state through a $3.8 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

There are 3.1 million people across Nevada spread over 110,567 square miles, which “adds a unique challenge” for providing coordinated behavioral health services in rural counties, Gov. Steve Sisolak said. “Challenges include lack of access to providers, timeliness of crisis response and barriers of transportation to access services.”

The three year Virtual Crisis Care program aims to help reduce the burden on law enforcement in rural and frontier counties in the state by connecting people with virtual telehealth experts.

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