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Report finds embattled state psychiatric hospital needs more staff, treatment options

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Following allegations of  "patient dumping" at the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas, the state of Nevada called on two nationally recognized experts to appraise the state-run hospital.

The results of that study were made available on Thursday.

Dr. Joel Dvoskin and Dr. Kenneth Appelbaum spent time at the facility, speaking with staff and patients in preparation for the report.

Rawson-Neal and the state came under fire when it was alleged the facility placed one or more patients on busses to neighboring states without friends or family waiting for them.

According to the report, the doctors received unfettered access to the facility and found the staff helpful, competent, friendly and committed.

The chief recommendation in the report is the need to hire additional staff. The doctors also recommended an increase in high-quality, evidence-based psychiatric and psychological treatment beyond the use of psychotropic medication.

Gov. Sandoval issued a statement following the release of the report. It reads, in part: 

"Nevada is committed to ensuring that vulnerable members of society are treated with dignity and care. At my direction, the state brought in nationally recognized experts to evaluate how Nevada currently treats mentally ill individuals at Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital.

We are committed to implementing the recommendations in this report, and I am confident doing so will help improve the services the State of Nevada provides to the mentally ill."

To read the report in its entirety, click here.

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