Lawmakers are working through Saturday to try to finalize budget cuts for hospitals and counseling services for the mentally ill.

Members of an Assembly panel concerned about the impact on some of Nevada’s most vulnerable citizens are retooling the budget for most of the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services.

Proposed changes call for reducing capacity at hospitals for mentally ill criminals, making counties pay for services for mentally disabled children and restructuring treatment programs for children with autism.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval announced earlier this week he wants to add $46 million back to health and human services programs.

The add-backs include $1.7 million for substance abuse and treatment programs and $1.25 million to keep open triage centers for mentally ill people detoxifying from alcoholism or drug addiction.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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