Las Vegas treatment center has joined forces to tackle substance-abuse and mental illness which is some of the leading causes of homelessness.
Vegas Stronger is located near downtown Las Vegas with the goal to take someone who is living on the streets and move them into a more permanent and stable situation.
The treatment center offers clinical support with three doctors on staff, including two psychiatrists and a medical prescriber. He also acknowledged how dire the homeless problem has become, with mental illness being at the forefront.
“A lot of the shelters while they do great work, aren’t offering the serious mental illness treatment and drug and alcohol treatment that we think people need stable in the long term,” Ryan Hamilton the community relations organizer for Vegas Stronger shared.
What was once a problem in certain areas of the city, has now become a valley-wide issue.
There are 2500 shelter beds located within a half-mile walk of Vegas Stronger and when 8 News Now asked what the main type of mental illness they see on regular basis comes through their doors, schizophrenia was at the top of their list.
The Courtyard Homeless Resource Center is also available for those seeking help, along with more multi-agency outreach resource engagement teams that can assist people living on the streets.
Source: News 8 Now