- Associated Press - Saturday, February 27, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada public health officials will begin conducting independent inspections of group homes that serve the mentally ill.

The Reno Gazette-Journal says (https://on.rgj.com/1WRrdR3) the plan is in response to an investigative report the newspaper conducted of a state contractor that provides living arrangement services to mentally ill clients.

According to the newspaper, one home in Sparks operated by Project Uplift was on the verge of deteriorating.

The report also went on to say the state often bent the rules to ensure Project Uplift remained a certified provider.

State Public and Behavioral Health Division administrator Cody Phinney says she plans to have several agencies inspect homes in northern Nevada.

Phinney says some state employees likely overlooked the deteriorating state of a home because of how difficult it is to find other providers.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, https://www.rgj.com

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