The mission of the Division of Behavioral Health is to develop and operate programs that assist individuals who have mental illness or a history of substance abuse to live as independently as possible.
Public and Behavioral Health is a Division of the Department of Health and Human Services. The Division is one of the largest State human services agencies in Nevada, employing more than 1,050 in 5 agencies located in Las Vegas, Reno, and each of the rural counties. The Behavioral Health "Central Office" is located at 4126 Technology Way, Second Floor, in Carson City, Nevada. We can be reached by telephone at (775) 684-5943.
There are approximately 30 employees in the Carson City central office. Together they provide oversight to all Behavioral Health agencies across Nevada serving about 26,000 mental health clients and 4,500 developmental services clients. SAPTA provides services to approximately 10,000 people in treatment and another 24,000 people through primary prevention By statute, Behavioral Health is responsible for planning, administration, policy setting, monitoring, and budget development of all state funded mental health and developmental services programs. The Behavioral Health administration is also directly involved in decisions regarding agency structure, staffing, and program development.
In addition to coordinating the work of its agencies, Division staff work with many stakeholders, including family members, advocates, service providers, legislators, law enforcement, and the general public.
Behavioral Health is obliged to offer care regardless of ability to pay, assure services are offered in the "least restrictive environment," base services upon individual needs, and honor consumer rights.