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Detention Center Provides Mental Health Services But at a Cost
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Detention Center Provides Mental Health Services But at a Cost

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police spent slightly more than $2 million last year to provide mental health services to inmates at the Clark County Detention Center.

More than $1.8 million covered the cost of 13 full-time staff positions, including a mental health coordinator who is a licensed clinical social worker, eight mental health nurses, two psychiatrists and two psychiatric nurse practitioners.

The balance, $212,000, paid for psychiatric pharmacy costs.

The mental health services are provided through a contract Metro Police has with NaphCare, a privately-owned company headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., which serves federal and state prisons as well as county jails from coast to coast.

NaphCare employs a multi-tiered process to determine those inmates who need mental health services. Nurses assist in the evaluations and the psychiatrists deal with the most acute cases. In the process a mental health care plan is devised that may include psychiatric medication.

The company reported that last year on average, 390 or 11.2 percent of the inmate population, was on psychiatric medication at any one time. That was up slightly from 386 or 10.9 percent in 2011 but well below the averages of 524 or 15.1 percent in 2008.

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