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More beds planned for psych patients in Las Vegas

More beds planned for psych patients in Las Vegas

CREATED Aug 28, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials say there will soon be more hospital beds for psychiatric patients in Las Vegas, after state officials doubled the Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rate for mental health treatment.

An aide to Gov. Brian Sandoval and a Valley Health System spokeswoman in Las Vegas said Thursday that hiking the rate from $460 a day to $944 a day will allow Valley Hospital to add a 48-bed behavioral health unit by December.

Sandoval Chief of Staff Mike Willden says that'll help relieve crowding at hospital emergency rooms at other for-profit hospitals in the Las Vegas-area.

The Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital is the only state adult psychiatric hospital in southern Nevada.

It is usually full.

It opened in 2006 with 190 beds, and has been the focus of patient-dumping allegations.