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About the Training
The Strong Start Nevada Advocacy Training teaches people how to engage with community members to increase knowledge and support of issues relating to the well-being of Nevada’s children, including support for Early Childhood Education (ECE). Participants will learn about the Strong Start Nevada campaign, the importance of advocacy, how to use advocacy in their everyday lives, and train others to be active participants in their communities.

Learn how you can teach others how to advocate for the children of Nevada.
August 11, 2015
Las Vegas, NV
If you are interested in the train the trainer session please complete our training application by July 15.
Applications can be completed online at the following url:
Travel Scholarships are available.
Please contact Mirzah Trejo at or 702-895-1040 if you have any questions.
If you are interested in this training but you are unavailable on this date, please email us and we will put you on a list to contact for the next training date.

For Immediate Release
Contact Melinda Malone, (702) 799-5304

District recognized for increasing access and performance for traditionally underserved minority students

LAS VEGAS – The Clark County School District (CCSD) has been named a College Board Advanced Placement District of the Year for being the national leader among large school districts — defined as 50,000 or more students — in expanding access to Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses while simultaneously improving AP Exam performance. CCSD students, teachers, district and school administrators and College Board leadership celebrated these achievements with an award ceremony at Ed W. Clark High School. 

"I'm extremely proud of this important distinction," said CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky. "This award reinforces that our district is headed in the right direction and aligns with our Pledge of Achievement goals to close achievement gaps, increase graduation rates and have students college and career ready by increasing the number of students taking AP courses. Our students and staff are setting goals and reaching them, which positively impacts our entire community and our economy."

CCSD was one of a record 547 school districts across the U.S. and Canada that achieved placement on the fifth-annual AP District Honor Roll. From this list, three AP Districts of the Year — one for each category of district population size: small, medium, and large — were selected based on an analysis of three academic years of AP data.

“The devoted teachers and administrators in CCSD are delivering an undeniable benefit to their students: opportunity," said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and Instruction at the College Board. “When coupled with their hard work, the AP Program helps students build confidence, learn to craft effective arguments, earn credit for college and graduate from college on time. The College Board applauds the district’s leadership to ensure that a more diverse population of students is ready for the sort of rigor that will prepare them for success in college.”

From 2012 to 2014, CCSD:

  • Simultaneously and continuously increased the number of students taking AP classes while improving successful outcomes (a score of 3 or higher) on AP Exams, with 55 percent of all AP students scoring a 3 or higher in 2014;
  • Increased student participation in AP by 9 percent annually and the percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam by 3 percent annually;
  • Increased the percentage of traditionally underserved minority AP students earning a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam by 9 percent annually — an increase of 424 students since 2012. (Thirty percent or more of the enrollment of the Clark County School District is American Indian, African American, or Hispanic/Latino. In addition, 30 percent or more of the district’s enrollment qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch.)
Increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program, indicating that the district is successfully preparing a larger array of its students for the rigor of AP and college studies. Participating in AP course work can also lead to college savings for families because the typical student who scores a 3 or higher on two AP Exams can receive college credit and has the potential to save, on average, $1,779 at a public four-year college and over $6,000 at a private institution.
In addition to celebratory events at the district level, all three winning districts will be honored in Austin, Texas during the 2015 AP Annual Conference in July.

In 2014, more than 3,900 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement and/or consideration in the admission process, with many colleges and universities in the U.S. offering credit in one or more subjects for qualifying AP scores. To learn more about AP, please visit

**Behavioral instructors needed for children with autism!**

What: FEAT and the Lovaas Center are providing a one day training seminar on the most commonly used therapy for children on the spectrum, ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). This training is for those who are interested in becoming a Behavioral Instructor or a parent wanting more information on ABA.

Where: East Las Vegas Community Senior Center, 250 North Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

When: Saturday, January 17th from 11-4pm
Interesting in attending?

Please RSVP with The Lovaas Center at 702-877-2520 or
by email at
We hope to see you there!

DATE OF MEETING:      January 23, 2015


PLACE:     West Neighborhood Family Service Center

                 6171 West Charleston Boulevard, Building 8

                 Las Vegas, Nevada  89146


TIME:      10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 




Items may be taken out of order

Items may be combined for consideration by the public body

Items may be pulled or removed from the agenda at any time; The public body may place reasonable restrictions on the time, place, and manner of public comments but may not restrict comments comments based upon viewpoint


                                    I.             Call to Order


                                 II.            Introductions


                         III.         Public Comment and Discussion - No action may be taken on a matter raised under this item of the agenda until the matter itself has been specifically included on the agenda as an item upon which action can be taken.


                         IV.          For possible action:  Review and Approval of Meeting Minutes for December 5, 2014


                   V.       For possible action: Report on Agency Updates, Legislative Activities, New Initiatives and Approval of Recommendations.


                         VI.     For possible action: Discussion on Consortium Membership, Vacancies and Approval of Recommendations for New Members


                      VII.        For possible action:  Report on Governor’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Council and Southern Nevada Forum Healthcare Subcommittee – Dan Musgrove, CCCMHC Vice Chairman


                   VIII.        For possible action:  Discussion and Approval of CCCMHC Vice Chairman Dan Musgrove to Represent the Clark County Consortium During the 2015 Legislative Session as an Unpaid Lobbyist


           IX.    For possible action:  Report on Children’s System of Care Behavioral Health Subcommittee – Kelly Wooldridge, Deputy Administrator, DCFS


                            X.         For possible action:  Report on the Status of Children’s Mobile Crisis Teams - Kelly Wooldridge, Deputy Administrator, DCFS


              XI.     For possible action: Approval of the Clark County Children’s Mental Health Consortium Strategic Plan Status Report


                      XII.       For possible action:  Workgroup Reports

A.    Public Awareness – Mike Bernstein

B.     Infrastructure Workgroup – Karen Taycher

C.    Crises Workgroup  – Jennifer Bevaqua


                   XIII.      For possible action:  Discussion on Strategies to Encourage Parent Participation in Consortium Activities


                   XIV.       For possible action:  Date for next meeting & Agenda Items


                      XV.      Public Comment and Discussion - No action may be taken on a matter raised under this item of the agenda until the matter itself has been specifically included on the agenda as an item upon which action can be taken.


                   XVI.        Adjournment


The Consortium reserves the right to take items in a different order to accomplish business in the most efficient manner.


We are pleased to make reasonable accommodations for members of the public who are disabled and wish to participate.   If special arrangements are necessary, please contact Angela Vallejos at (702) 486-0077 no later than Wednesday, January 21, 2015.


This notice has been posted at

The Division of Child and Family Services, 6171 West Charleston Boulevard Bld 8, Las Vegas, NV 89146

Grant Sawyer Building, 555 East Washington Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Clark County Department of Family Services, 701 North Pecos, Las Vegas, NV 89101

East Neighborhood Family Service Center, 4180 South Pecos Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121

Central Neighborhood Family Service Center, 121 South Martin Luther King Blvd, Las Vegas, NV  89106

North Neighborhood Family Center, 4538 West Craig Road Suite 290, North Las Vegas, NV  89032

South Neighborhood Family Service Center, 522 East Lake Mead Parkway, Henderson, NV 89015

Nevada PEP Central, 2101 S Jones Blvd. Suite 120, Las Vegas, NV 89146

Nevada PEP Satellite, 4600 Kietzke Lane I-202, Reno, NV 89502

In addition, this notice/agenda was mailed to groups and individuals as requested and posted on the DCFS website. Contact Lori Brown at Lori.Brown@DCFS.NV.GOV or call 775-688-1633 for any agendas or handouts.


cc:            Mental Health Consortium Members and Interested members of the public

From 11/15/14-2/15/15, the Enrollment Stores have staff that will help people apply for Medicaid.  Applicants with all the relevant information  can take about 10 minutes.  The more complicated applicants can take as long as 40 minutes. There is an advantage of going to the Enrollment Store, if the person may need to apply for a QHP and/or Medicaid, both can be done at the same site.  The Enrollment Stores are open every day (except for Christmas).
Enrollment Store
Phone for both stores: 844-386-1189 (toll-free)
Northern Nevada Location
3937 South McCarran Blvd., Reno
(Corner of Longley and South McCarran behind the Wet Hen Café)
Open 7 Days a Week: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Extended hours on the 15th of each month: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Southern Nevada Location
The Boulevard Mall
3528 South Maryland Parkway #384, Las Vegas
Open 7 days a week: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Noon-7 p.m.
Extended hours on the 15th of each month: 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.
DWSS website ( ) Resources and Upcoming Events has more information, which includes:
·       Poster/Brochure – Apply for Medicaid – Peace of Mind is Just a Click Away (English & Spanish)
·       The Guide to Medicaid (Newspaper insert, excellent resource about how to apply)
·       Medicaid Booklet (English & Spanish) – excellent description of Medicaid services
·       Positively Kids – assists families in applying for Medicaid (Las Vegas only)
·       Nevada Health Link Enrollment and Community Health Alliance (Reno and local communities)
·       Medicaid Enrollment in Carson City, Fernley & Fallon (English & Spanish)
Other resources for people who are not Medicaid eligible.
·       Access to Health Care Network – 1-877-385-2345 website
·       Consumer Health Assistance – 1-888-333-1597 website

Tony Records from TRA Consulting will be holding
TOWN HALL MEETINGS to gather information to update the
Olmstead Assessment to help determine planning needs for the future.

Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living
999 Pyramid Way
Sparks, NV 89431


· Monday, December 1, 2014
o 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (for organizations and parents)
o 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (for self-advocates)

· Tuesday, December 2, 2014
o 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (for self-advocates)
o 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (for organizations and parents)

For all disability organizations, self-advocates and parents.


Bullying of Students with Disabilities Addressed in Guidance to America’s Schools

As part of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated – including against America’s 6.5 million students with disabilities.

The Department issued guidance in the form of a letter to educators detailing public schools’ responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act regarding the bullying of students with disabilities. If a student with a disability is being bullied, federal law requires schools to take immediate and appropriate action to investigate the issue and, as necessary, take steps to stop the bullying and prevent it from recurring.

Since 2009, OCR has received more than 2,000 complaints regarding the bullying of students with disabilities in the nation’s public elementary and secondary schools. This guidance builds upon anti-bullying guidance the Department has issues in recent years concerning schools' legal obligations to fix the problem.

Help is available for those who are either targets of disability bullying or know of someone who might be, such as:

  • A fact sheet for parents on schools’ obligations under federal law to address bullying. The fact sheet is also available in Spanish.
  • Visiting the federal Web site,, which provides useful information on bullying prevention and remedies.
  • Asking to meet with the student’s team that designs his or her individualized education program – the IEP or Section 504 teams.
  • Asking to meet with the principal or school district’s special education coordinators to have the school address bullying concerns.
  •  Seeking help from OCR. The office investigates complaints of disability discrimination at schools. To learn more about federal civil rights laws or how to file a complaint, contact OCR at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), or OCR’s Web site is To fill out a complaint form online, go to

To view OCR's guidance detailing public schools’ responsibilities regarding the bullying of students with disabilities in Spanish, click here.


4 days until event!
Sent Date: September 23, 2014

The End of Bullying Begins with You,

Join Us as Nevada PEP gears up for the 3rd Annual Run Walk Roll Against Bullying 5k & 1.5 mile Event.

Last year you supported the Run Walk Roll event and our community by raising Bullying Awareness. This year we are asking for your support again!

You can raise even more awareness this year! Start a team of 5 or more friends, family members or co-workers to participate and everyone gets a team discount!

Registration is fast and easy.

We look forward to seeing you there,
Nevada PEP

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Did You Know?

• More than 160,000 U.S. students stay home from
    school each day from fear of being bullied

• Over 14 percent of high school students have
    considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it

• 43% fear harassment in the bathroom at school

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