Nevada PEP is honored to have received five proclamations in honor of Unity Day! During this annual event, participants wear and share orange to show that we are united against bullying, and working together for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. We offer our sincere gratitude to state officials for recognizing the worthy cause of bullying prevention in the state of Nevada! Please look through the proclamations below!
Nevada PEP Board Chair Bryce Loveland and Findlay Toyota CFO Tyler Corder talk on the MORE show about the I Care, We Care Statewide Event. They share their reasons for supporting the event and how the event aims to promote the message that “Kindness Can Be Everywhere!”
Nevada PEP is proud to announce that Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has Proclaimed October as Bullying Prevention Awareness Month In Nevada. This Proclamation serves to show the importance of Bullying Prevention in our State. It outlines the many ways that bullying is harmful for students, and also firmly establishes a commitment from the State of Nevada to the wellbeing of all Nevada students. Please view the proclamation below:
Each October, Nevada PEP recognizes National Bullying Prevention Month. We are excited to be collaborating with #SafeAllies on our 2nd annual “I Care We Care” statewide event. We’re proud to partner once again with Findlay Automotive Group and Fox5’s Take 5 to Care.
Our “I Care, We Care” digital bus, in partnership with #SafeAllies, will be stopping at various places across the state collecting and sharing messages of kindness from children, young adults, families, businesses, and organizations in our communities across Nevada to show that they care about bullying prevention.
Dear Nevada Children, Families, Providers, and Advocates,
The U.S. Department of Justice invites you to a Community Meeting about the ongoing DOJ investigation into the State of Nevada’s services for children with behavioral health conditions. The meeting will take place via Zoom on Monday July 19, 2021 at 12pm (Pacific time).
The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is examining whether the state of Nevada is violating Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires that states like Nevada provide services to people with disabilities, including children with behavioral health conditions, in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs. The investigation will evaluate whether children receive the community-based services they need to prevent institutional placement.
At the community meeting, attorneys from the team conducting the investigation will provide more information about the investigation and answer questions from attendees. Because an important piece of the investigation is hearing from community members who have experience navigating Nevada’s public system of care for behavioral health, we will also provide information about how you can connect with the team to share your story.
The meeting will have closed captioning in English and a professional who will provide American Sign Language interpretation throughout the entire meeting and Spanish language translation of certain participant questions and presenter answers.
To attend the community meeting, please register by clicking on the following link or copying and pasting it into your browser: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_Tw7rzeGtRBevtoTBr1FGZg
After registering, you will receive a link to join the Zoom meeting via email. You do not need a Zoom account to join the meeting; you only need to click on the link that will be emailed to you after you register.
Please feel free to circulate this information to other Nevadans who may be interested in our investigation.
We encourage anyone with information pertinent to our investigation to reach out to us using the following contact information:
Respectfully, Sarah Louise Malks
One year ago, Nevada PEP publicly pledged its solidarity with the Black Community. Since that time, we have consciously increased the number of parent resources about race and racism, expanded training for our staff, and further infused our advocacy efforts with racial and cultural awareness. All the while, we have remained aware that the Disability Rights and Civil Rights communities have worked together towards justice in the past and will continue to support each other into the future.
This year, we celebrate the historic legislation designating Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Nevada PEP is honoring this holiday and will not be open on Friday, June 18, 2021. In addition to the celebration of freedom, the Juneteenth holiday also gives us a moment to take pause and reflect on ways that we can all support justice and equity, and Nevada PEP reaffirms its commitment to do so.
Nevada has received $110,000 to seed the first-in-the-nation ABLE Accounts program created by AB62. The funds will help provide Nevadans with disabilities opportunities for financial independence through tax-advantaged savings accounts that can fund disability expenses.
Treasurer @ZConine & his team are continuing to lead the charge on this important program to provide Nevadans with disabilities opportunities for financial independence. This program takes our State further in the right direction as we continue to expand programs & services. https://t.co/alkIno9U20— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) May 20, 2021
Nevada PEP is appalled and saddened by the recent hate crimes against Asian Americans in Atlanta, and we stand in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Our deepest condolences to those who lost their loved ones in the Atlanta shooting rampage. We understand that many feel targeted, devalued, or afraid. As an organization dedicated to families, we stand against these senseless acts of crime against our Asian American families and recognize that the effects of racism are felt across every community in our State. There is no place for hate in a just society. We will continue to uplift the lives and stories of those who have struggled with discrimination as we strive for a more inclusive society. We will speak out against these manifestations of injustice and the longstanding systemic racism that is present in our society. Our future and our children’s future depend on ensuring that people of all backgrounds can flourish in our state and nation.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Nevada Investigated by the Department of Justice
The Department of Justice is investigating the State of Nevada. The complaint filed by the Nevada Disability Advocacy and Law Center is looking into whether Nevada unnecessarily relies on institutions that are in or out of state, that treat children with behavioral health conditions. The complaint states that, because of the lack of community-based mental health treatment for children, parents or the courts must send children to out of state facilities. Additionally, when the children come back into the home there are very few support services available.
Parents, do you have information that you would like to share about your personal experience, due to lack of mental health services for your child? Contact Outreach Coordinator Sarah Louise Malks at 202-598-5344 or Sarah.Malks@usdoj.gov.
Nevada’s Correctional Facilities Investigated
In January, the Department of Justice announced that it was investigating the State of Nevada for the use of pepper spray at two juvenile correctional facilities run by the Nevada Juvenile Justice Service. The investigation is focused on the Nevada Youth Training Center in Elko and the Summit View Youth Center in Las Vegas to determine whether staff at the two facilities violated youth’s rights under the Constitution.
The civil rights division’s special litigation section is conducting this investigation. Parents, do you have relevant information that you want to share? Was your child placed in any of these two facilities? Call 1-833-591-0426 or email at community.NVJuveniles@usdoj.gov.