Fallon, Nevada 89406
WHAT IS A CASA ?
A CASA is a well-trained individual who can devote the time necessary to listen to the child, investigate their concerns and situation and develop feasible options for the Court to consider that represent the best interest of the child. They are not tethered to an overburdened caseload and they are not responsible for focusing on the entire family. They are not responsible for providing appropriate legal representation but rather mentorship and support. To be clear, a CASA is not designed to be an adversary to the social worker or the attorney, but rather is an important member of the team whose ultimate goal is the best interest of that child.
CASAs stand up for abused, and neglected children as they travel through the Court system; in short they are the voice of the child. In an overburdened system where children risk slipping through the cracks, the CASA’s sole goal is to see that the child’s best interests are served.
What are the requirements for becoming a CASA?
A CASA must be over the age of 21. They must successfully pass a criminal background investigation and submit to and receive a clear CANS (a system that contains information on reported cases of Child Abuse) report. They must provide at least three references that are not relatives. They must submit to a thorough interview and are screened closely for objectivity, competence and commitment. We are requiring a two year commitment for all our CASAs (that is the normal time frame for a case). Once they have passed the screening process they must attend and successfully complete the training program (approximately 40 hours). Only after completing the training are they sworn in as a CASA.
How much time does it require?
Each case is different however, normally, a CASA will initially spend about ten to fifteen hours doing research and conducting interviews prior to the first court appearance (normally 30 days after being assigned the case) and another few hours writing a court report and developing recommendations. The more complicated the case, the more time. During this initial period, the CASA must be available to attend the court hearings. Once the initial case is heard, the CASA will work about 10 hours a month monitoring the case, meeting with DCFS, the school, the parents and most importantly the child.
The Churchill County Kid’s Kloset is a regional resource for the Division of Child and Family Services and the Churchill County CASA Program to use in the event that a youth in DCFS custody requires clothing (emergency or otherwise), shoes, personal hygiene items and school supplies that cannot be obtained by any other means but are necessary for their comfort, improvement of quality of life, safety, health or simply something to make their lives easier. The Kid’s Kloset is always in need of donations of new or very gently used items. Contact the Churchill County CASA office at 423-6088 ext 255 to donate.
(MOST) Mobile Outreach Safety Team
MOST pairs a clinical social worker with a police officer to create a skilled intervention team for persons who suffer from mental illness and are in crisis. The MOST team responds to psychiatric emergencies and maintenance check-ups on previous mental hospital patients. The intent is to reduce the imprisonment of local mentally ill citizens while simultaneously increasing the safety of the general public.
To make a non-emergency referral for MOST:
1. Call the appropriate law enforcement agency.
2. Tell dispatch you wish to make a MOST referral.
3. Provide the following:
* Your name, agency and contact information.
* Name of individual/individuals being referred.
* How the individuals can be contacted, i.e. address, phone # etc…
* Reason for the referral: remember the more detail provided the better the MOST Team will be able to maintain safety and provide adequate service.
To Protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Churchill County through integrated State, County and Community efforts.
I nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.
C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals and solve problems.
A countability: We perform with integrity and respect.
R esponsiveness: WE achieve our mission by serving our customers and engaging out partners.
E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning and continuous performance Improvement.
Fallon, Nevada 89406
New Frontier Treatment Center
- 24 hour emergency number (775) 427-4040
- Drug & Alcohol treatment (775) 423-1412
- 28 bed program
- Mental health issues
- Co-occurring disorders
- Issues uncomfortable seeking help for
- Treat Children, Youth, and Families
- Child welfare cases
- Residential gambling program
- Federals funds, state funds, grants, donations
- Sliding scale fees
- Primary health, mental health, and substance abuse health
- Emergency homeless thru United Way (mental health evaluations, treatment, and case management – no housing)
- Mental health evaluations (counseling, case management, deposits for housing/utilities)
- 24/7 food pantry – emergency (775) 427-4040
- Infant and toddler supplies
- Thursday Adolescent Group – 12-17 years of age – Free of charge
- Emergency hot meals
- Family communication drug/violence program
- Partner with DCFS and the Police Department to adopt a family at Christmas
- Screenings for Alcohol Awareness Week (April) at CCHS and CCJH
- Limited money for transportation
- Grant for school clothing and shoes
- Bi-lingual services
Fallon, Nevada 89406
Banner Community Hospital
- Referrals to local agencies
- Thrift store available
- Financial assistance program
- Case-worker to facilitate referrals to resources
- Host community awareness events
Visiting Banner Churchill Community Hospital
At Banner Churchill Community Hospital, we want to provide you with a patient experience that is unsurpassed in clinical quality and service. We encourage patients and families to be involved in all aspects of your care and treatment.
We believe that family and friends play an important part in a patient’s recovery, and we encourage visits with patients. From 2 to 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. we ask all guests to honor our patient quiet time. This is to allow our patients sleep and healing time.
We are pleased to offer guest wireless services to our patients and their family. Your own laptop or electronic device is needed. Hospital computers are not available for this use.
Patients, guests and their families can get a meal in the cafeteria. Snacks and beverages are available from vending machines also located in the cafeteria.
Churchill County Social Services’ goal is to facilitate the self-sufficiency of program recipients.
Our emergency, temporary assistance programs provide for the health and welfare of eligible county residents. Individuals and families have opportunities to develop, grow, and prosper as valued, respected residents of the community. Our community is welcoming and responsive and offers opportunities and respect for all residents through:
- Active faith community
- Affordable housing
- Diverse economy
- Drug-free and safe living
- Family oriented services
- Informal support networks
- Livable wage jobs
- Quality education
- Recreational opportunities
- Skilled workforce
Learn more about the programs and services provided by the county to assist Churchill County residents in need:
- General Assistance Rent and Utilities
- Indigent Services
- Homeless Housing Assistance
- Public Guardianship
- Discount Prescription Program
- Low-Income Apartment & Food Program Referrals
- Holiday Services
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fallon, Nevada 89406
Churchill Emergency Management
The Emergency Management Department is responsible for:
- Providing public support during emergency and disaster situations
- Providing logistic support for first responders during emergencies
- Coordinating shelter and evacuation for the public during disasters, whether natural or manmade
Individuals throughout Nevada can call Crisis Call Center’s 24-hour crisis line at (775) 784-8090 to report child abuse or neglect, elder abuse and neglect, or disabled adult abuse or neglect. Incoming calls during normal business hours are transferred to the appropriate agency, and after-hours reports are taken by Crisis Call Center staff for all overnight, weekend and holiday hours. All reports are turned over to Division of Child and Family Services, Child Protective Services or law enforcement in the appropriate county depending on the level of urgency involved.
If you have any questions, please call Crisis Call Center at (775) 784-8090 or 1 (800) 992-5757 or click here.
Child Abuse Indicators
There are various forms of abuse and harm that can be inflicted on children. Click here to see indicators for the various forms of child abuse. If you have witnessed an act of child abuse or you suspect a child is being abused, please call (775) 784-8090 or 1 (800) 992-5757 to file a report and help end the violence.
Reporting Elder Abuse and Neglect
To report Elder Abuse/Neglect 24 hours a day, please call (775) 784-8090 or 1 (800) 992-5757
Individuals throughout Nevada can call the 24-hour Crisis Lines to report elder abuse or neglect. Calls taken during normal business hours will be transferred to the appropriate agency. The Center handles all overnight, weekend, and holiday reporting. Assessments are made to determine the immediate degree of danger to the senior involved. Depending on severity, reports are turned over to the Division for Aging Services or the appropriate law enforcement agency. Reports are also taken for child abuse or neglect and disabled adult abuse and neglect.
Elder abuse may include physical abuse, neglect, psychological or emotional abuse, financial exploitation, or self-neglect.
- For indicators and signs of elder abuse, click here.
Minden, Nevada 89423
Douglas County Emergency Management
Hazard Mitigation Plan
The Douglas county Hazard Mitigation Plan has recently undergone an update by Douglas county Emergency Management and other local, state and federal agencies. Under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act(Public Law 93-288), as amended by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, local governments are required to develop a hazard mitigation plan as a condition for receiving certain types of emergency and non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for mitigation projects and emergency response. Hazard Mitigation Plans must be updated every five years, hence the reason for the current update effort.
Hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. Mitigation activities may be implemented prior to, during, or after an incident. Hazard mitigation is most effective when based on an inclusive, comprehensive, long-term plan that is developed before a disaster occurs. It is important to understand how much of the community can be affected by specific hazards and what the impacts would be on important community assets. The top five hazards identified in the Douglas county Plan include flooding, earthquakes, wildland fires, drought and severe weather events.
Fallon, Nevada 89406
Fallon Counseling & Supportive Services
Open M-F, 8AM-5PM, for more information, contact (775) 423-7141
- Transitional housing
- Part-time nursing position available
- Phone referrals
- 2 adult and 2 child psychiatrists
- Individual, group, and family therapies
- Nursing staff – One FT and one PT RN
- One Psychologist
- Two Clinicians
- One Service Coordinator
- Children, Adults, Geriatrics
- 50% dually diagnosed, chemically dependent
- Major depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, psychosis (percentage of seriously mentally ill who are violent is similar to the regular population)
- Free screenings Monday-Friday from 1-2PM (individuals must have a mental health diagnosis)
- Funding for indigent individuals
- Prescription assistance for indigent individuals
- No new referrals for housing until new fiscal year, beginning in July 2012
- 12 people residential services
- HUD housing program and supportive services with a mental health diagnosis
- Sliding scale
- Private insurance
- Bill insurance companies
- Vouchers for rural areas