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Some Mental Health Services Increase in Use, Others See Decline

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LAS VEGAS -- A snapshot of some of the state's most frequently used mental health programs for each July over the past eight years shows some gained popularity while others declined, according to data from the Nevada Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services.

The mental health courts, which were in their infancy in 2005, had 192 participants that July and peaked at 304 in July 2007, but still had 260 in July 2012.

Residential services, which include group homes, supervised apartments and supportive living arrangements, had 1,189 clients in July 2012, well ahead of the 837 individuals served in July 2005 but still behind the peak of 1,336 in July 2009.

Outpatient counseling declined from 4,484 participants in July 2005 to 3,331 last July. Service coordination, which involves helping people with mental illness obtain benefits and enroll in programs, had 1,570 clients in July 2005 and 1,869 the following July but only 1,277 in July 2012.

The Program for Assertive Community Treatment provides assistance to people with mental illness who have a history of emergencies and law enforcement services. There were 226 clients served in July 2005 but only 159 last July.

Use of the state's medication clinics has had its ups and downs in terms of caseload, with 11,682 clients seen last July, barely more than the 11,258 served in July 2005. The peak, though, came in July 2010 when 12,630 were served.

 

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