Quality Assurance Reviews and Quality Improvement Plans
NYTC, CYC, SVYC, and the Youth Parole
Review are reviewed on a quarterly basis by Division staff. Each review
includes an onsite visit to include interviews with youth and staff. Compliance
with policies, procedures, and standards are evaluated. A report is delivered to each facility
following the review and a Quality Improvement plan is developed.
In addition to the Division’s internal
Quality Assurance and Improvement activities, the three facilities participate
in Performance Based Standards. Data is collected on key facility practices and
outcomes twice a year. The data is then used to compare Nevada’s facilities
with those across the country. The data is
also used to develop Facility Improvement Plans.
Finally, Division facilities and programs
are subject to regular reviews by the Legislative Counsel Bureau’s Audit
Division and the Executive Branch’s Division of Internal Audits.
To ensure youth are safely supervised and
rehabilitated, training staff at each youth center was a high priority. Each
youth center employs a Training Officer who works to schedule up to 160-hours
of competency-based training for all new employees within their first year of
employment and for all staff to attend forty hours of training annually. The
Division complies with Nevada law in training its employees pursuant to
NRS 63.190. Those topics required by law include:
(a) Controlling the behavior of children;
(b) Policies and procedures concerning the use of force and restraint on
(c) The rights of children in the facility;
(d) Suicide awareness and prevention;
(e) The administration of medication to children;
(f) Applicable state and federal constitutional and statutory rights of
children in the home;
(g) Policies and procedures concerning other matters affecting the
health, welfare, safety and civil and other rights of children in the facility;
(h) Such other matters as required by the Administrator of the Division
of Child and Family Services.
Additional training topics include the
Prison Rape Elimination Act, ethics, documentation, cognitive restructuring and
others. Teachers at NYTC’s Independence High School maintain their licensure
through continuing legal education.
Reporting Quality Concerns
report quality concerns at any Division Juvenile Justice facility, contact the Systems