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Vote Nevada Update 3-21-2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

If you missed today’s Senate confirmation hearing for Ketjani Brown-Jackson, PBS Newshour has a YouTube channel with hearing recordings: https://www.youtube.com/c/PBSNewsHour

Tomorrow is the Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy meeting, from 2 to 4 pm.  The meeting will live-stream through the Secretary of State’s Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/NVSOS

Deputy Secretary of State for Elections, Mark Wlaschin, is the main speaker.  Mark will provide an overview of the new election laws that passed in the 2021 legislative session and how each will be implemented for our upcoming primary. 

This presentation will provide reliable information from an expert in Nevada’s election laws.  The meeting will remain on the Secretary of State’s Facebook page as a recording, so we can refer to it to answer questions we may hear from family and friends.  You can see the meeting agenda here: https://vote-nevada.news/ACPD-March-22

This Saturday we will remember the Western Shoshone Dann Sisters, Mary and Carrie.  Mary and Carrie fought to protect their treaty rights to graze horses and cattle on Bureau of Land Management land.  Please join us from 9 to 10:30 am, via Zoom, by RSVPing here: https://vote-nevada.news/Dann-Sisters

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 3/17/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

Here are some meetings and events you might want to attend:

Hosted by the Vegas Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Nevada Forum working groups will start meeting next week.  If you are interested in participating, you can learn more here: https://www.vegaschamber.com/southern-nevada-forum/  Each working group will have at least one bill draft request for the 2023 legislative session. This is a great opportunity to get to know key legislators.

On March 22nd, from 2-4 pm, the Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy is hosting a virtual meeting that will stream through the Secretary of State’s Facebook page.  The meeting will feature Mr. Mark Wlaschin, Deputy Secretary of State for Elections. 

Mark will explain how the election laws passed in the 2021 legislative session will be implemented in our upcoming primary election. Because the meeting will stream through the SOS Facebook page, the public can watch and ask questions during the event, and then the event recording will stay on the SOS Facebook page for future reference.

This will give us a resource for valid and accurate information that we can use to counter false information about our election processes. 

Here is the agenda, which includes the information for watching and participating in the meeting: https://vote-nevada.news/ACPD-March-22

On March 26th, from 9-10:30 am, via Zoom, we are celebrating Western Shoshone Mary and Carrie Dann, the Dann sisters.  At the March Board of Regents meeting, Mary and Carrie were posthumously awarded honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degrees.  

We will discuss their fierce defense of indigenous land and treaty rights, and I am sure you will quickly see differences between the Dann sisters’ struggle with the federal government and the more recent Bundy family conflict.

Please join us for a celebration of these two women who epitomize what it means to be a Nevadan by RSVPing here: https://vote-nevada.news/Dann-Sisters

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March 28th, 11:30 am, via Teams, Moving Beyond Diversity to Inclusion in the Workplace RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/CSNInclusion  

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April 1st, from 10 to 11 am, via Zoom, Go from Advocate to Activist in Just 60 Minutes, which is the last event for the CSN Women’s Empowerment Month.  RSVP here: t.ly/eOnu

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The commentary below is related to the current discussion about school violence:

The dialogue on school violence includes not only what is happening now, but also examinations of how we ended up with this crisis.

I would like to contribute some information to this debate.

In 2018, in response to the Parkland, Florida, school shooting Governor Sandoval created a task force to examine school safety, broadly.  This task force included Nevadans from across many different fields and backgrounds and spent considerable time hosting hearings and engaging in research that was memorialized in the task force’s final report. 

The thirty-page document is a thoughtful examination of historic funding deficits and short-circuited strategic planning, but most importantly, it lays out the severe lack of wraparound services available in schools.  

The report documents missing public health services in many parts of our state, and so addresses the idea usually floated to justify not offering services through schools; it shows that families often cannot access mental health providers in the community.

You can read an op-ed I co-authored on this topic here: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/we-need-action-on-equity-in-nevada-education

To ameliorate this problem, task force members recommended funding mental and behavioral health professionals in schools at national professional to student ratios.  

You can read the task force materials here: https://doe.nv.gov/Boards_Commissions_Councils/StatewideSchoolSafetyTaskForce/Statewide_School_Safety_Task_Force/

You can review the task force’s final report with recommendations here: https://vote-nevada.news/School-Safety-Report

The task force’s final report recommendations became Senate Bill 89 in the 2019 legislative session and received thorough vetting.  In that session, SB89’s school safety programs received $53.8 million in funding, but even that generous allocation was insufficient to implement all the SB89 recommendations.

Recently, the Nevada Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report on The Impact of Remote Learning on Education Equity and noted that SB89’s recommendations for staffing schools with behavioral and mental health professionals still have not been addressed.  

And that this continuing deficit of wraparound services is making pandemic conditions in schools much worse. 

You can read the Advisory Committee’s report here: https://vote-nevada.news/Remote-Learning-Ed-Equity

In a follow-up hearing on January 28, 2022, the Advisory Committee heard a presentation from the Nevada Department of Education.  That presentation quantified the current deficit of school-based mental and behavioral health professionals state-wide and the cost to fill that deficit at the national ratios.  You can see the NDE presentation here: https://vote-nevada.news/NDE-Follow-Up-Report

The funding need is $234,115,208.  That is our behavioral and mental health services deficit in our schools right now. The strain on teachers and support staff who are expected to provide mental and behavioral health services without adequate training or compensation must be unbearable. 

In a February Interim hearing of the Subcommittee to Advise on the Expenditure of Federal COVID-19 Funding our school district superintendents reported on their individual district’s spending of ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds.  

Despite knowing that these are one-time funds, many superintendents reported hiring behavioral and mental health professionals.  Each included a plea to find ways to sustain these hires in the next biennial budget.   You can watch the hearing here: https://vote-nevada.news/Interim-Hearing-Sustainability

In his recent State of the Union speech, President Biden committed to addressing the growing mental health crisis among children.  The White House released a supplemental document laying out the administration’s 2023 budget priorities in this area.  

The document addresses the dilemma our superintendents face as they use one-time federal dollars to hire sorely needed mental health professionals by proposing to continue funding these hires in the president’s 2023 budget.

The document also recognizes our severe shortages of mental and behavioral health providers and the need to support higher education in addressing this important workforce development challenge. 

The document includes proposals for covering tuition for students who go into high-need behavioral and mental health fields and agree to stay in the state to provide services in high-need areas.  You can read this White House document here: https://vote-nevada.news/National-Unity-Mental-Health-Plan

When looking at our state budget for possible streams of revenue to fully fund SB89, the Vote Nevada Behavioral and Mental Health Committee has consistently argued that we waste hundreds of millions of dollars incarcerating the mentally ill, with often tragic results.  

Mental and behavioral health early interventions and preventative care for children can put every child on a path of well-being and productive life, which should gradually reduce the need to warehouse our mentally ill in our jails and prisons.  

You can read more about a new dashboard to review the status of our prisons here: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/state-hopes-new-dashboard-gives-clearer-picture-of-prison-trends-results-of-reform

In sum, we figured out why our schools are not safe in 2018.  We have the research and recommendations available now, so, the next step should be speaking to our members of Congress, the Governor, and our legislators to ask them to commit to implementing the available recommendations. 

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 3/10/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

You can review the Governor’s Budget Kickoff, which reviews the process used to build the state budget, here: https://vote-nevada.news/State-Budget-Process

There were rulings in two court cases yesterday:

District Court Judge James Wilson ruled that the Clark County Education Association could withdraw two ballot questions it qualified to be heard in the 2021 legislative session.  You can read the story that includes this quote here: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/judge-rules-sales-gaming-tax-petitions-must-be-taken-off-2022-ballot

One petition would have raised the state’s gaming tax rate from 6.75 percent (the nation’s lowest) to 9.75 percent, while the other would have increased the Local School Support Tax rate from 2.6 percent to 4.1 percent and bring the state’s baseline sales tax rate to 8.35 percent, one of the highest in the country

District Court Judge Robert Estes ruled in the lawsuit against the redistricting maps that he will not grant a temporary injunction to pause candidate filing under the new maps while the lawsuit proceeds.  This means that the new maps will be in effect for the 2022 election cycle. 

This was not a ruling on the merits of the lawsuit, so, it does not stop the lawsuit from proceeding, and it does not rule that the maps are free from gerrymandering.  You can read about the court ruling here: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/judge-blocks-gop-backed-redistricting-lawsuit-for-2022-election

I have always been very clear about my issues with the current redistricting process.  Our legislature is not bound by Nevada’s Open Meeting Law, so it exempts itself from the protections afforded to the public in that law.  This is why our current maps were drawn behind closed doors and by people that we are not allowed to know. 

Transparency is key to accountability, so, I support the Fair Maps Nevada ballot question to adopt an Independent Redistricting Commission.  This constitutional amendment requires new redistricting maps that comply with all federal and state civil rights laws as well as court rulings and it requires redistricting maps be drawn and reviewed in a manner that facilitates full public participation.

The redistricting commission will not be independent of political influence, that is impossible.  Instead, it is independent of the rules that allows the legislature to exempt itself from the Open Meeting Law.  The maps produce will still be judiciable, so anyone who disagrees with the process or product may sue to address their complaints in court, just as we do now.  

Some say that it is better to allow our elected representatives to draw the maps because we can directly hold them accountable.  But a result of gerrymandering is to make it impossible to vote certain elected representatives out of office.

If you would like to read the amendment it is here: https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/home/showpublisheddocument?id=9969

We are currently gathering signatures for the petition, so, if you would like to help gather signatures or to donate, you can read more here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/we-need-transparent-redistricting/

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 3/6/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

PBS Frontline has a series of documentaries on Vladimir Putin that are very helpful in understanding the tragedy unfolding now in Ukraine.  You can access them here: t.ly/16bV

If you are interested in helping with the Fair Maps Nevada ballot question, you can read more here: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/we-need-transparent-redistricting/

There are some important upcoming events:

On Tuesday, March 8th, from 9 to 10 a.m., the Integrated Workforce Development Subcommittee of the Statewide Independent Living Council is meeting with Sonny Vinuya, who is the new chief of the Lt. Governor’s Office for Small Business Advocacy. 

This is the new entity created with Assembly Bill 184 in the 2021 legislative session.  If you are interested in learning more about this new office, the meeting is open to the public.  You can access the agenda and Zoom link here: https://www.nvsilc.com/meetings/3-8-22-silc-integrated-workforce-development-subcommittee/

On Wednesday, March 9th, the Governor’s Budget Kickoff starts at 9 am.  You can access the meeting links and live-stream here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Calendar/A/

The lawsuit filed against the new redistricting maps has a hearing on March 9th.

The CSN Women’s Alliance Resource Fair is March 9th, via Zoom, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., you can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/WA-Resources-Fair

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A new civics organization for veterans is kicking off their Nevada outreach campaign on March 16th, at 6 p.m., it’s open to the public. RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/VPI

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On March 22nd, from 2 to 4 pm, you can watch the Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy’s quarterly meeting through the Secretary of State’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NVSOS Deputy Secretary of State for Elections, Mr. Mark Wlaschin, will review the new election laws being implemented this election cycle.

Join Vote Nevada on March 26, 2022, 9 to 10:30 am, Via ZoomMeet Carrie and Mary Dann: Two Indigenous Women Every Nevadan Should Know RSVP: https://vote-nevada.news/Dann-Sisters

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March 28, 2022, 11:30 am, via Teams,Moving Beyond Diversity to Inclusion in the Workplace RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/CSNInclusion  

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Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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National Mental Health Plan

Tonight, March 1, 2022, President Biden will anounce a Unity Agenda that includes issues and solutions that have received bi-partisan support in the past.  Inlcuded is a comprehensive strategy to address our mental health crisis.  A workforce development plan that recognizes our severe shortages of mental and behavioral health professionals is a focus of this strategy. 

You can read the strategy here: Announcement National Strategy 

Vote Nevada Update 3/1/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

One correction: Today’s Women’s Empowerment Lunch and Learn starts at Noon, not 11 am.  Sorry for the confusion.  You can still RSVP here for today’s event as well as Thursday and Friday’s Lunch and Learns: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsceurqTosG9IYnT2R7U86CTFuS5WQRVEY

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One new meeting: Today, March 1, 2022, the CCSD School Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. to discuss, among other items, the issue of school violence.  You can attend in person at Edward A. Greer Education Center, Board Room 2832 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121, or you can live stream the meeting through this page (click on Watch under the Video column) https://www.ccsd.net/trustees/meeting-agendas/2022

Here is the meeting agenda: https://www.ccsd.net/trustees/pdf/agendas/03-01-22-sbm-agenda-pdf

Updates: The Governor’s Budget Office will conduct its budget Kickoff on March 9th.  Stay tuned to this page for more information: https://budget.nv.gov/StateBudget/Upcoming/ 

The Legislative Commission met yesterday and approved 29 of the 31 regulations to implement the new voter registration and election laws.  You can watch the hearing recording here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Video/ 

And you can read a summary of which regulations passed and which did not here https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/lawmakers-split-on-regulations-enshrining-switch-to-mostly-mail-election 

The laws that did not have associated regulations that passed still go into effect, but they do so without clear rules for implementation.

The Clark County Election Department sent its March 2022 newsletter with explanations of all the new voter registration and voting laws.  You can read it here: https://vote-nevada.news/Election-March22-Newsletter

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 2/27/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

I know there was a lot happening on Saturday, so if you missed our Strategies for Success from Three Civil Rights Leaders, you can view the recording here: https://vote-nevada.news/Civil-Rights-Success-Strategies

Here are some important events taking place the week of 2/28/2022:

The Interim Legislative Commission meets on 2/28/2022 at 1 pm and will hear presentations from Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Mark Wlaschin on regulations to implement the election bills passed in 2021. 

If the Legislative Commission does not approve the regulations, there will be no official rules for implementing the new election laws.  You can watch here starting at 1 pm here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/InterimCommittee/REL/Interim2021/Committee/1896/Meetings

 

The Community College Workforce Training and Program Committee created by Assembly Bill 450, meets on 2/28/2022, at 3 pm, at the College of Southern Nevada Charleston Campus in the Student Union, it will also live-stream. 

The address and live-stream url is at the top of the meeting agenda: https://nshe.nevada.edu/wp-content/uploads/AB-450-Meeting-Agenda-and-Reference-Materials-2.28.2022.pdf

Here is a map of the campus if you’d like to attend in-person:  https://www.csn.edu/charleston-map

The main agenda topic is funding workforce training programs, with an emphasis on the Nevada System of Higher Education funding formula.  The funding formula does not currently fund workforce training programs offered through our community colleges. 

I will be in attendance to provide public comments on the additional need for Pell Grant reform.  Currently, students can only apply for a Pell Grant once a year through the FAFSA application, so if a student must enroll after the FAFSA deadline, she/he is unable to receive this type of federal tuition assistance until the next year. We need Pell Grant applications to be accepted each semester.

Furthermore, students pursuing short-term workforce training are not eligible to receive the Pell Grant. 

A bill making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives, will increase the amount of the Pell Grant, provide students more time to use the Pell Grant, which makes more sense for stackable degrees/certifications, and will cover short-term training programs.  

The bill is H.R. 6425, The Aid Act. https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/6425/text

My public comments will ask the committee members to please communicate their support for this bill to our congressional delegation.  If you would like to also ask for support for H.R. 6425, or anything else related to workforce training funding, you can email your comments to the Committee at ab450input@nshe.nevada.edu by 9 pm tonight, 9/27/2022.

The Lunch and Learn Series on Women and the Labor Movement starts tomorrow at noon, via Zoom, you can still RSVP for any of the four sessions here: https://vote-nevada.news/Lunch-and-Learn

The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents meets on 3/3 & 3/4.  If you would like to submit written comments on the dire need for workforce development for mental and behavioral health professions, you can submit your comments here: https://nshe.nevada.edu/public-comment/

If you would like to watch the Board of Regents meeting, it will live-stream through the NSHE homepage both days: https://nshe.nevada.edu/  You can view the full agenda here: https://nshe.nevada.edu/leadership-policy/board-of-regents/meeting-agendas/

If you would like to attend the Regents meeting in-person, the meeting is at the Nevada State College Campus.  The meeting schedule and NSC’s address here: https://nshe.nevada.edu/wp-content/uploads/file/BoardOfRegents/Agendas/2022/03-mar-mtgs/BORsch0322.pdf

NEW: If you are an early learning advocate and/or professional, there is a virtual conference for early learning this week from March 2nd through March 5th. You can read more about the conference and how to attend here: https://vote-nevada.news/Early-Learning-Institute

And the Village Foundation is hosting a virtual gala in support of early learning on March 5th, you can read more about attending here: https://vote-nevada.news/VF-Gala

 

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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Vote Nevada Update 2/22/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

This is an update on upcoming events and our Unity Coalition Subcommittees.

  • I know many of you are very worried about affordable housing, so here is a series of webinars from the Administration for Community Living.  You can review the webinars and each meeting’s RSVP information here: https://vote-nevada.news/Housing-Stability
  • February 26, 2022, 11 am to 1 pm, Doolittle Community Center 1950 N J St, Las Vegas, NV 89106

If you know a youth who would like to enter his/her music talents into the competition, email: vegasteentalent@gmail.com

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  • Join Vote Nevada this Saturday, February 26th, from 9 to 10:30 am, via Zoom, for a discussion of three important civil rights leaders and their strategies for driving change.  We will discuss Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Fanny Lou Hammer, and Ida Gaines (from Nevada).  You can RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/Civil-Rights-Strategies

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Next week kicks off Women’s Empowerment Month.  Here are events you can attend:

  • The CSN Women’s Alliance is sponsoring a Lunch and Learn series of Zoom events to review women and labor.  The events will be on 2/28, 3/1, 3/3, and 3/4, from noon to 1:30 pm.  We will record each meeting if you can’t attend. You can RSVP for one or more of the events here: https://vote-nevada.news/Lunch-and-Learn

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  • A new civics organization for veterans is kicking off their Nevada outreach campaign on March 16th, at 6 p.m., it’s open to the public. RSVP here: https://vote-nevada.news/VPI

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  • Join Vote Nevada on March 26, 2022, 9 to 10:30 am, Via Zoom

Meet Carrie and Mary Dann: Two Indigenous Women Every Nevadan Should Know

RSVP: https://vote-nevada.news/Dann-Sisters

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  • March 28, 2022, 11:30 am, via Teams

Moving Beyond Diversity to Inclusion in the Workplace RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/CSNInclusion  

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  • If you signed up for one or more of the Unity Coalition working groups, I will be sending out a message to those groups by tomorrow with some first steps for each group.  A lot of important meetings are happening soon that will allow for targeted engagement.

 

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra

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New! 988 Mental Health Crisis Number

Please view our Vote Nevada Behavioral and Mental Health Committee meeting on the new 988 mental health crisis phone number.  This is a comprehensive approach to decriminalizing mental illness.

https://vote-nevada.news/988-Meeting-Recording

You can read more about the 988 call line program here: https://www.nami.org/Advocacy/Crisis-Intervention/988-Reimagining-Crisis-Response 

Vote Nevada Update 2/15/2022

Vote Nevada Supporters,

You can view information about upcoming events on the Vote Nevada blog: https://vote-nevada-blog.org/

One addition is the Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy meeting, which is on March 22, 2022, from 2 to 4 pm, via Facebook Live.  This committee works with the Secretary of State’s Office to ensure Nevadans have accurate and reliable information about our election processes. 

At the March 22nd meeting, Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Mark Wlaschin will update the committee on changes to our upcoming primary and general elections.

There were quite a few laws passed in the 2021 legislative session focused on voter registration and election practices, so meeting attendees will learn exactly what changed and how voting may be different in this cycle.

You can watch the hearing and ask questions on March 22nd, through the live stream on the Nevada Secretary of State’s Facebook page.   https://www.facebook.com/NVSOS  No RSVP required.

Our Unity Coalition meeting was very successful last Saturday.  If you were unable to participate in the event, you can watch the recording here: https://vote-nevada.news/Unity-Coalition-Recording

If you are interested in participating in one or more of the three working groups, I created interest forms. Please review the meeting recording for an explanation of the process we are adopting.  We will be laser-focused on a few goals at a time, and we have some rules of the road to ensure inclusive participation.

This is a completely nonpartisan endeavor for Nevadans to come together to solve problems.

The first working group is: Denial of Services

                This working group is focused on creating an ombudsperson position to help advocates who ensure students receive necessary services.  This group is not focused on merely documenting services not being provided, but more importantly, on creating an officer who can help advocates who are trying to match students with services.  This group will most likely have subgroups to investigate categories of services.

If you are interested in joining this working group, you can sign-up here: https://forms.gle/rxR52DsMJYYYQjes8

 

The second working group is: Expansion of High-Quality Internet Service

                This working group is focused on ensuring federal relief dollars dedicated to expanding high-quality, broadband internet service reaches every family, agency, and business.  This working group will research all sources of funding for expanding internet service, all transparency requirements, and all accountability mechanisms.

If you are interested in joining this working group, you can sign-up here: https://forms.gle/pkCdqd3jt1CeBsHy5

 

The third working group is: Addressing Mental and Behavioral Health Care

                This working group is focused on two related topics.  First, determine funding sources and mechanisms for fully funding a complete package of wraparound services for every child.  Second, address shortages of professionals through workforce development plans that build a pipeline of mental and behavioral health care service providers.

If you are interested in joining this working group, you can sign-up here: https://forms.gle/tEh6SJofpL8wUJKe9

If you are specifically interested in helping with transparency and accountability, please also complete this form: https://forms.gle/zqVJ3ZJAuDX8HdjP9  

 

Each working group will create an action plan that includes research and communication strategies.

I will send out information for each working group tomorrow so we can start achieving our goals.  The information will include a poll to help us find some days and times for working groups to meet over Zoom.

Thank you for being Nevadans with me,

Sondra 

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