Mental health became a focus of the Nevada Legislature in a very personal way this session because of expelled Assemblyman Steven Brooks’ public difficulties.
When James began hearing voices, the unseen others would simply call his name. Then they began to feed his fears. James, now 19, thought people were following him to his Las Vegas high school. To avoid detection, he began leaving his house as early as 5:30 a.m.
The Review-Journal takes an in-depth look at Nevada’s broken system for helping those who have a mental illness and a new approach that could help ease the crisis.
Nevada health authorities might get a new tool to deal with mentally ill people who appear to be a danger to themselves or others: a court order committing them to outpatient care and regular medication.