Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve has declared May 7-13 as Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Week. The proclamation calls attention to the growing needs of Nevadans for access to adequate mental health resources. Read the proclamation below!
Governor Joe Lombardo has proclaimed May 2023 as Mental Health Awareness Month in Nevada!
Nevada PEP joins the world in mourning the passing of Judith “Judy” Heumann—widely regarded as “the mother” of the disability rights movement—passed away in Washington, D.C. on the afternoon of March 4, 2023. Judy was at the forefront of major disability rights demonstrations, helped spearhead the passage of disability rights legislation, founded national and international disability advocacy organizations, held senior federal government positions, co-authored her memoir, Being Heumann, and its Young Adult version, Rolling Warrior, and was featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary film, Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution.
Nevada PEP joins the disability community in mourning the loss of one of our nation’s greatest advocates, Lois Curtis, who passed away on November 3, 2022. Lois Curtis is remembered as “L.C.” in Olmstead v. L.C., the Supreme Court decision. Olmstead recognized that the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act protect the right of people with disabilities to live in their own homes and receive services in their own communities. An entire generation has grown up since the Olmstead decision – a generation that has always had the right to live, work and participate in their communities. We commit to continue the advocacy necessary for community integration. Our sincere condolences to Ms. Curtis’ family, friends, and the disability community.
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’s annual I Care We Care campaign was recently featured on Fox 5’s MORE Show. Click below to visit their site and learn more!
On October 4, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice completed their investigation and issued a report with findings that Nevada’s children with behavioral health disabilities are being unnecessary institutionalization in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
On the same day, Governor Sisolak’s Press Release acknowledged the findings, “For far too long, Nevada has not invested in the appropriate health resources for our children and our families – this new report shines a bright light on that fact. That’s why, over the last year, the State of Nevada has used newly available federal resources to make historic and unprecedented investments to shore up these systems and provide immediate resources and relief to our families and children who need community based behavioral health services.”
Karen Taycher, Executive Director, Nevada PEP calls on parents and youth to share their voice and experience to guide improvements, “Children with mental health care needs and their families have struggled for many years to access the community-based services that reduce the need for hospitalization or residential care. This report will drive the necessary systemic improvements, and we commend the recent steps that the State and Governor Sisolak have taken to invest in community-based services such as family peer support, care coordination, respite care, and mobile crisis. Yet we know that there is more work to be done, Nevada families and youth who have experienced the system look forward to informing and engaging in Children’s Mental Health transformation.”
To get involved in system transformation activities contact Kendra Gipson (email@example.com) from our Statewide Family Network program at Nevada PEP.
Boulder city has joined Nevada PEP for our annual I Care We Care event to promote bullying awareness! This year PEP has asked people, organizations, and groups to join together and share their own messages of kindness. Boulder City has stepped up with a beautiful video submission. See it below!
It’s time for I Care, We Care 2022! This year we’re taking kindness to new heights with Universe Sponsors Findlay Automotive Group and Fox 5 Take 5 To Care!
Each October, Nevada PEP recognizes National Bullying Prevention Month. During our 3rd annual “I Care We Care” campaign we are collecting messages of kindness to launch our “I Care We Care Kindness Rocket”! Head over to the Launch Pad to use our Templates to submit your own Care Messages and get entered into our Weekly Prize Drawings!
Nevada PEP is proud to announce that Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has Proclaimed October 2022 as Bullying Prevention 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: