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Report outlines recommendations for Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital

Molly Waldron

Report outlines recommendations for Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital

CREATED May. 23, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An in-depth report released Thursday outlines a number of recommendations for Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas. 

The facility, accused of "patient dumping" has undergone weeks of scrutiny and investigation.

Two medical consultants retained by Governor Sandoval and the Department of Health and Human Services submitted a 19-page report with ten recommendations for the facility. 

Recommendations include increasing quality treatments beyond regular medication, assigning treatment teams to every 20-bed unit and creating a suicide prevention committee. 

While the report emphasizes that the staff is competent and respectful, there was a "need for additional staff" outlined in the report. 

Overall, every patient the consultants spoke with reported feeling safe and respected. 

Several recommendations have already been put into place, including discharge planning, additional medical staff approval for any out-of-state travel, and designated chaperons. 

The review came after a site visit earlier this month, extensive confidential interviews, an in-depth review of policies, consultations and a close look at patient records. The consultants said they were told to "call it as they saw it." 

State officials have already proposed more than $16 million to fund more programs, outpatient services and additional beds. 

In a release issued Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services Director Mike Willden said, "Moving forward I believe we will have a much stronger organization to help us provide greater care to those we serve."

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