On May 15, 2019, Governor Steve Sisolak signed AB85 into law. This bill was put forward by the Northern Regional Behavioral Health Policy Board with the goal of reforming Nevada’s involuntary mental health hold process. The Policy Board worked with stakeholders across Nevada to identify the following objectives to guide the reform:

  1. Decrease stigma and increase accuracy: Remove and update stigmatizing and inaccurate language associated with mental health crises.
  2. Enhance patient rights and standardize practices statewide: Clarify the involuntary mental health hold process in law, and develop regulation for involuntary administration of medication to enhance patient rights and standardize practice and processes statewide.
  3. Strengthen continuity of care: Strengthen continuity of care be adding more options for behavioral health crisis transport, clarifying provider and court information sharing, and developing regulations for discharge planning.
  4. Improving efficiency of courts: Updating law to increase courts’ capabilities to manage involuntary mental health holds.

Stakeholders included: Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health; Nevada Rural Hospital Partners; Nevada Psychiatric Association; Nevada Hospital Association; Northern Nevada Emergency Physicians; Nevada State Legislature; law enforcement and emergency management services; and the Washoe, Clark, and rural criminal justice systems, including their counties’ respective District Attorneys, judicial staff, and public defenders.

NRHP is proud to support this effort that will undoubtedly improve behavioral health care for our patients in rural communities and statewide, and would like to thank everyone involved in making this important legislation happen.

The text of the bill can be found here: httpss://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/80th2019/Bills/AB/AB85_EN.pdf