University announces grants to expand mental health treatment on campus


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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