Sandoval Names Mental Health Council Members

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Gov. Brian Sandoval has appointed 18 people to a mental health council that will recommend ways to improve Nevada's mental health system in the wake of ongoing criticism.

Dr. Joel Dvoskin, a forensic psychologist at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, will chair the panel. Retired Clark County District Judge Jackie Glass is vice chairman.

Other members announced Thursday include state mental health administrators, legislative leaders, doctors, social workers and representatives of law enforcement and the legal community.

Sandoval established the Behavioral Health and Wellness Council by executive order following a new round of claims involving allegations that Nevada bused mentally ill patients out of state, many to California.

Last weekend The Sacramento Bee reported that the busing of those patients often led to crime and tragedy elsewhere.