Sandoval Creates Nevada Mental Health Council

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is creating a new council to examine the state's mental health system.

The first-term Republican governor announced the Behavioral Health and Wellness Council on Monday, established by executive order.

It follows a series of investigations by The Sacramento Bee newspaper that detailed incidents of patients at Nevada's primary psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas being provided one-way bus tickets.

On Sunday, the Bee reported that in recent years the busing of patients often led to crime and tragedy in other cities around the country.

The 20-member council will include state administrators as well as representatives of both public and private mental health providers, law enforcement, the judicial system and patients or family members of mental health patients.

The council will submit reports to the governor twice annually.