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Behavioral Health Task Force (BHTF)

County based policy meetings involving stakeholders that have a vested interest in behavioral health and their communities. Task forces are a place to gather, identify problems, and set goals and priorities for the communities to tackle problems both large and small. Task forces are effective in bringing all stakeholders together as they enable different professions to understand behavioral health impacts and challenges from different perspectives.

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC)

Outpatient behavioral health centers that provide integrated mental health and substance use treatment, primary care assessment, and medication management as needed. CCBHC’s serve the ‘whole person’ by offering person-centered and family-centered care. Populations that CCBHCs provide services to include:

  • Adults with serious mental illness.
  • Children with serious emotional disturbance (SED).
  • Individuals with severe substance use disorders.
  • Individuals with mild or moderate mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

Services provided:

  • Community- based mental health and substance use treatment services
  • Combined behavioral health and physical health care with no wrong door entry to services
  • Evidenced based practices
  • Improved access to high-quality care
  • Care coordination and case management to address all needs of the individual
County Social Services

Services offered are unique to each county. Counties with robust social service agencies have a wide variety of services for vulnerable populations while other social service agencies are limited to offering emergency rent assistance, housing vouchers and transportation assistance.

Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT)

A 40-hour behavioral health training model, focused on first responders, that brings together law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital staff, and individuals with mental illness, and their families to improve responses to people in crisis. CIT trainings enhance communication between providers, identify community mental health resources, and develop participant skills in responding to those in behavioral health crisis. CIT trainings are unique to each community region so that resources and information are tailored to the local needs of the participants in the training.

Forensic Assessment Service Triage Team (FASTT)

FASTT teams may include social services, mental health, and substance use treatment agencies who conduct community in-reach into county jails to provide inmates with screening, assessment, treatment, and other services during incarceration and upon reentry into the community to reduce risk of rearrest.

Juvenile Justice Assessment Services Triage Team (JASTT)

Early mental health diversion program involving juvenile probation, mental health providers, juveniles and their families.

Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)

A regularly scheduled community provider meeting focused on development of service and crisis stabilization plans for individuals who are in chronic crisis or are overutilizing emergency services. Teams may consist of any combination of law enforcement, emergency medical services, housing, hospitals, social services, and behavioral health treatment providers. For certain populations Adult Protective Services or Department of Child and Family Services may be involved.

Mobile Outreach Safety Team (MOST)

A team composed of a mental health clinician and/ or case manager, and a law enforcement deputy, and may also include an emergency services paramedic and/ or social services case manager. The team responds to law enforcement calls and other community referrals that involve behavioral health crisis. Depending on the county, MOST teams may respond to psychiatric emergencies, provide community outreach, and provide maintenance check-ups on previous contacts. MOST’s purpose is to reduce the risk of arrest and hospitalization for individuals experiencing behavioral health issues, thereby increasing the safety of the general public. MOST teams currently operate in Carson, Douglas, Lyon, and Washoe Counties. Please see the resources page for more information. 

Division of Public and Behavioral Health Rural Clinics

Public outpatient behavioral health and community nursing services provided by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health. Offices are located in most counties (with the exception of Eureka and Storey Counties).

Children's Mobile Crisis Response Team

The MCRT responds to youth and families in crises, by phone or in person, working to connect them to treatment, and prevent hospitalizations. Mental health clinicians are available to assess, intervene, and stabilize crises, and connect the family to continuing care. MCRT providers a statewide hotline to receive referrals and provide screening. If additional intervention is necessary, a response team provide time limited outreach to the youth and family to resolve the crisis. MCRT offers short-term assistance and case management services.
Hotline services available 24/7 7 days per week. 

Western Regional Specialty Courts (WRSC
  • In 2001, the Western Regional Specialty Courts in Nevada, originally conceived and implemented by Judge Archie Blake in 2001, provides rural criminal offenders the opportunity to participate in a specialty court programs including drug, mental health, Medication Assisted Treatment, in Carson City, Douglas, Churchill, Lyon, Storey and Mineral Counties. The primary function of the specialty courts is to reduce criminal behavior related to drugs and mental health issues, and targets participants that are typically criminal re-offenders of various behavioral health related crimes. Coerced rehabilitation of the reoccurring drug offender and forming criminal justice system partnerships with local treatment providers are the strengths of the drug court. Treatment providers give participants the tools necessary to modify drug-related behavior through meaningful treatment modalities for the time necessary for rehabilitative/recovery success.
  • All participants of the Western Regional Specialty Courts are persons charged with a non- violent, drug and/or mental health-related felony offense. Drug traffickers and defendants with a history of violence are not eligible for any specialty court program. Once the defendant has met the eligibility criteria, the defendant must plead guilty to the drug charge and request participation in drug court.
  • Rotating judges for WRSC, including Judge Archie Blake, Judge Peter Breen, and Judge Deborah Schumacher travel out to participating counties every other Monday with WRSC coordinator EJ Maldenado, to hold court and meet with specialty court participants.
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