Behavioral Health and Wellness Council recommendations

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s mental health system has fended off some of its most embarrassing crises, but experts say there’s still plenty of work to be done to fix the system.

Members of the governor’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Council are expected to get an update Tuesday on changes they’ve recommended for the system, including more beds for inpatient mental health care and higher salaries for psychiatrists.

A report from the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities shows that Nevada ranks 50th in the nation for the number of psychiatrists per 100,000 residents. The shortage makes it difficult for people to access care, even if the recent Medicaid expansion means many are newly covered.

Nevada psychiatrists earn an average of about $177,000 a year, below the national average and $52,000 below Arizona’s average rate.


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