In 2017, the Nevada Legislature created four Regional Behavioral Health Policy Boards through the passage of AB 366. In the 2019 legislative session, AB 76 passed, changing existing Nevada law defining the behavioral health policy board regions, membership, and mandates. Upon the passage of AB 76, NRS 433.4295 directs the now five Regional Behavioral Health Policy Boards to conduct the following activities:
1) Promote improvements in the delivery of behavioral health services in the region.
2) Coordinate and exchange information with the other policy boards in the state to provide coordinated and unified recommendations to the Department, Division, and Commission regarding behavioral health services in the behavioral health region.
3) Review the collection and reporting standards of behavioral health data to determine standards for such data collection and reporting processes.
4) To the extent feasible, establish an internet website that contains an accurate electronic repository of data and information concerning behavioral health and behavioral health services in the region that is accessible to the public.
5) To the extent feasible, track data regarding individuals admitted to mental health facilities and hospitals pursuant to NRS 433A.145 to NRS 433A.197 and to mental health facilities and programs of community-based or outpatient services pursuant to NRS 433A.200 to NRS 433A.330, including treatment outcomes and measures taken upon and after the release of individuals to address behavioral health issues and prevent future admissions.
6) Identify and coordinate with other entities in the behavioral health region and this State that address issues relating to behavioral health to increase awareness of such issues and avoid duplication of efforts.
- Behavioral health needs of adults and youth in the region.
- Progress, problems and proposed plans regarding the provision of behavioral health services, and strategies to improve the provision of such services in the region.
- Identified gaps in behavioral health services in the region, and recommendations to address those gaps.
- Any federal, state or local law or regulation that relates to behavioral health which it determines is redundant, conflicts with other laws or is obsolete and any recommendation to address any such redundant, conflicting or obsolete law or regulation.
- Priorities for allocating money to support and further develop behavioral health services in the region.
7) Advise the Commission on Behavioral Health, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Public and Behavioral Health regarding:
8) Submit an annual report (which can be submitted more often if needed) to the Commission which includes:
- The specific behavioral health needs of the behavioral health region.
- A description of the methods used by the policy board to collect and analyze data concerning the behavioral health need and problems and gaps in behavioral health region including a list of all data sources used by the board.
- A description of how the policy board has carried out its mandated duties.
- A summary of data regarding emergency admissions (mental health crisis holds) to mental health facilities, hospitals, and to programs of community- based and outpatient treatment and conclusions the policy board has derived from the data.