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Mental Health Clinic to Close, Doesn't Meet Guidelines

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LAS VEGAS -- New federal guidelines are forcing the closure of a walk-in state mental health clinic in Las Vegas.

Behavioral Health Clinic, which opened its doors in July 2013, is attached to Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital, served an average of 16 days patients a day during the month of January. It will close on Friday. The facility took some of the patient load off local emergency rooms flooded with mental health patients.

Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services operates the clinic and recently submitted two Plans of Correction to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS. New guidelines require a full emergency room facility if a health clinic accepts walk-in patients.

State officials say the clinic is not designed to operate as a medical emergency room and therefore can't meet the requirements to stay open.

The walk-in clinic was part of the governor's and legislature's plan to fix mental health coverage in the midst of the patient dumping scandal.

Governor Brian Sandoval said he is disappointed the clinic is closing.

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