University announces grants to expand mental health treatment on campus

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UNLV announced last Monday that federal funds helped the PRACTICE program expand its mental health services. 

UNLV PRACTICE (Partnership for Research, Assessment, Counseling, Therapy and Innovative Critical Education) is a mental health training and research clinic for university faculty and students, according to its website

PRACTICE received over $4 million from the combined total of two grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, according to a university news release

UNLV said that the first grant funded about $2.1 million over two years. PRACTICE used this grant to help create the Performance Optimization for Wellness, Empowerment and Resilience program. A program that treats early bipolar disorder in kids with less than a year of treatment with antipsychotic or bipolar medications. 

The second grant funded about $2.2 million over four years, with about $1.5 million in federal funding and $750,000 matched. This grant helped launch the Nevada Critical High Risk for Psychosis Program for Youth, which the university says is based on an evidence-based model to treat people before they experience their first episode of psychosis. 
More information about UNLV PRACTICE and the new mental health programs can be found on UNLV’s website.

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