State pushes forward with programs to help Nevada families lower the cost of living through American Rescue Plan investments

CARSON CITY, NV – June 21, 2022

Today, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced the Interim Finance Committee has approved another set of work programs aimed at lowering costs for Nevada families using American Rescue Plans funds.

“Today was a big step forward for Nevada families. By supporting our families through these programs, we’re supporting Nevada’s workforce and our economy,” said Governor Sisolak. “I’m grateful to our dedicated State employees who helped bring forward these programs and I want to give my thanks to lawmakers for approving these investments.”

“Today, the Interim Finance Committee overwhelmingly approved dozens of programs that will immediately assist hard-working Nevada families," said Assemblyman Steve Yeager. He continued, “I was proud to vote to provide free meals at school for all of Nevada’s students so they can focus on learning without being hungry, to help more families afford quality child care so they can get back to work, and to better assist law enforcement in dealing with individuals in the field who suffer from mental illness, keeping officers safe and ensuring that those with mental illness are connected to appropriate services.”

“As a 30-year Clark County educator, I know that children cannot learn if they are hungry,” said Senator Marilyn Dondero Loop. She continued, “Today’s $75 million investment by the legislature ensures all students will receive meals at no cost during the next academic year, lessening the burden on families across our state.”

To ensure all students are set up to succeed in the classroom, the State has invested $75 million to ensure universal free school meals for all Nevada’s public schools during the next academic year. This is one of a slate of programs in collaboration with the Nevada Department of Agriculture to help combat food insecurity. This program ensures Nevada families won’t need to pay out of pocket for school meals, and was first announced by Governor Sisolak during his State of the State speech earlier this year.

Additionally, today $50 million was approved to improve accessibility and affordability for families that qualify for child care assistance. These funds will be used to cover more of the cost of child care for more Nevada families. The Nevada Child Care Fund will be launched this July and will greatly supplement the expanded assistance efforts being provided by the federal Child Care and Development Fund.

Other critical programs approved today using American Rescue Plan funds include:

  • $16 million for the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation to hire and train more specialized staff members to help clear a current backlog along with funds for DETR to upgrade their technology systems to better serve those seeking to access their benefits.

  • $200 million for the Nevada Department of Education to make available for public school districts to help combat learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This money was initially set aside for districts during the 2021 Legislative Session and the Department has worked diligently with districts to design programs to spend the dollars most effectively in the upcoming school year.

  • $20 million to fund Nevada’s Crisis Stabilization Centers, announced by Governor Steve Sisolak during his April Healthcare Provider Summit, will allow the State to develop the infrastructure needed for emergency behavioral health care centers in Nevada. An additional $10 million in funding for emergency crisis behavioral health services will be used to help address the immediate needs of the communities while the crisis stabilizations centers are being established. These projects are included in the build out of Nevada Crisis Response System and builds upon the Governor’s investments with 988 and the Nevada Resilience Project back in April.

  • $330,000 for the Nevada Department of Agriculture to implement a State Meat and Poultry Inspection Program. By expanding inspection services to support local meat processing, Nevadans will have easier access to meat raised and processed in the state.

  • $1.5 million to State Public Works for a capital improvement project for the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center Museum Collection. The funds will help strengthen the building against earthquakes, complete an interior renovation and install high-density shelves to ensure the State can adequately house important documents related to the Stewart Indian School.

Finally, lawmakers approved another set of Community Recovery Grants on Tuesday. These grant dollars are aimed at connecting Nevada non-profits with funds so the non-profits can quickly increase capacity to serve Nevadans in need during the State’s economic recovery from COVID-19. Grants approved include:

  • $3 million was awarded to the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows to support the Kidswell Program. The Kidswell Program is designed to mitigate the trauma and learning loss children have experienced in the last two years. The Kidswell Program will utilize evidence-based and evidence-informed programs including the Summer BrainGain, Positive Action, and Project Learn to provide additional academic and social-emotional support to approximately10,000 youth aged 6-18 in nine Nevada counties.

  • $10,000 was awarded to Churchill Community Hospital to support the Patients in Need project. The funding will help provide transportation to enable financially and socially vulnerable individuals get access to healthcare.

  • $1.4 million was awarded to both Spread the Word Nevada and the Northern Nevada Literacy Council to fund programs to address literacy and learning loss. Spread the Word Nevada was approved to receive $1.08 million to increase the quantity of books that PreK-5th Grade students have in their homes to increase at-home reading time. Northern Nevada Literacy Council was approved to receive $329,454 for ten part-time instructors for their outreach program expansion into Northern Nevada’s rural communities to provide classes toward high school equivalency and English literacy.

  • $152,000 was awarded to Community Health Development Foundation to provide case management, identification of community wellness needs and care coordination. The Community Health Development Foundation will implement a patient navigation system and provide an experienced patient navigator to help identify community needs, connect patients to appropriate resources and provide case management services for communities facing challenges navigating systems in place to address hardships.

  • $539,000 to Culinary Academy Las Vegas to fund industry-developed skills training for underserved and displaced workers to help establish quality, long-term employment in the hospitality industry in Las Vegas.

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