Feds Find NV Failing Children With Behavioral-Health Disabilities
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
The U.S. Department of Justice said the State of Nevada unnecessarily institutionalizes children with behavioral-health disabilities, and the problem is severe enough to violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Justice Department announced its findings Tuesday, after an investigation found hundreds of children are stuck in hospitals or group homes when they should be living at home and getting community-based mental health services.
Dr. Tiffany Tyler-Garner, executive director of the Children's Advocacy Alliance, said the situation is troubling.
"Literally, the situation is so dire that they are surrendering their children to the child welfare system, in hopes of getting them mental-health services," Tyler-Garner observed.
The report showed in 2020 more than 1,700 children were admitted to the hospital for psychiatric care in Nevada and 480 ended up in residential facilities, often staying 9-12 months, and some were sent out of state. The problem is partly due to a severe lack of providers at all levels, exacerbated by low Medicaid reimbursement rates.
Tyler-Garner emphasized out-of-state placements are extremely traumatic for children and parents.
"That fragmentation that ensues as a result of it, can be crippling," Tyler-Garner stressed. "If you think about that journey of coming back together as a family. "
Gov. Steve Sisolak noted in a statement Nevada recently dedicated more than $80 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan to the public child behavioral-health system.
Tyler-Garner acknowledged the new investments is a good first step.
"The need is great," Tyler-Garner asserted. "Short-term pandemic or relief funding isn't going to cure it for us. Yeah, we need to find the money."
Sisolak has vowed to train more mental-health professionals and work with the Justice Department to remedy the situation. If the state does not show significant improvement over time, the federal government could file suit.
get more stories like this via email
2022 was a banner year for women elected as governor. Nearly one-third of America's governors will be women next year, which is a record. Iowa …
Residential water rates in Michigan are soaring, with an estimated one out of ten households without access to or unable to afford clean water…
Fracking is a very water-intensive industry, and a new study dives into the impact of unconventional oil and gas drilling on aquatic ecosystems in …
A Bellingham man who supports people with dementia has received one of the most prestigious awards for volunteerism in Washington state. The …
Native American tribal communities and conservation groups got a big win Wednesday as President Joe Biden announced he intends to create a new nationa…
A decision could come today on Nevada's bid to become the first state in the nation to hold a Democratic primary in 2024. The Democratic National …
Snow is on the ground in much of Minnesota, but the state is coming off another warm season with notable drought conditions. Those who monitor …
By Ray Levy Uyeda for Yes! Magazine.Broadcast version by Mike Moen for Greater Dakota News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-…