Nevada’s child protective/welfare system ostensibly functions as three regional services areas: the Rural Region operates as a state supervised and state (DCFS) administered delivery system, and the Northern and Southern Regions operate as state supervised – county administered (WCDSS and CCDFS) child welfare delivery systems.
DCFS provides a wide range of mental health services to children, adolescents and their families in Clark and Washoe Counties. Treatment services in these two major urban areas are provided through Southern Nevada Child and Adolescent Services and Northern Nevada Child and Adolescent Services.
Juvenile Justice Services serves youth ages 12-21 who have been committed to DCFS for either delinquent behavior or to access services for mental health treatment.
The purpose of the Systems Advocate Unit is to respond to inquiries and complaints from consumers, service providers, elected officials, stakeholders and interested citizens to ensure that proper services are provided by DCFS.
Information Management Services (IMS) supports the safety, permanency and well being of children, families and communities by providing accurate and accessible information. IMS supports three primary automated systems as well as a number of smaller databases.
The goal of the Confidential Address Program (CAP), as established by the 1997 Nevada State Legislature, is to assist victims fleeing abusive situations and attempting a fresh start for themselves and their children.
The GMU provides support and funding to internal and external stakeholders statewide through a collaboration with non-profit agencies, public agencies, and programs, including staff, such as Domestic Violence, Victims Services, Child Welfare, Children's Mental Health and Juvenile Justice to ensure compliance with federal requirements and effective use of funds.