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**Dear Aging and Disability Services Division community partner,

I am very excited to share with you our continuing efforts to create a lifespan service system that promotes community living for Nevadans ages 60 and older and those living with a disability. Our efforts include developing strategies to ensure necessary services and supports are available when needed, are responsive and effective and are easy to access. We are committed to building a service system which values individuals and their families, is consumer friendly and pays special attention to creating a seamless system of care throughout the lifespan.

As you know, the staff and providers of ADSD services are critical to the success of the ADSD integration. As such, we would like to solicit your input on the draft critical issues and goals prior to drafting the strategic plan.

In July- September, a series of focus groups took place all across the state with individuals and their families to identify critical issues that must be to achieve the vision that, “Nevadans will enjoy self-sufficiency, independence, and safety with opportunities for a meaningful life that respects the person’s dignity and right to self-determination”.

In addition, key informants from across the state provided input on critical issues, potential goals and strategies that should be included in the integration plan. Now, we need the feedback of the people who make services possible every day. Please forward this survey to all staff and providers of ADSD. Their input is critical.

The survey should take approximately 20 minutes and can be accessed by clicking on this link:

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes and can be accessed by clicking on this links:

-English Survey:

-Spanish Survey:

We would like all surveys completed by November 8, 2013.

The surveys are available for download below and can be printed and completed as a hard copy of faxed or emailed back to or 775-324-4941. If you need copies made and sent to you to distribute, please email and indicated how many you need in English and/or Spanish. Thank you so much for your help. CLICK TO VIEW DOWNLOADS...


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White House briefing: Enrollment in affordable health insurance options through the Health Insurance Marketplaces, created under the Affordable Care Act, begins on October 1st. Stakeholders from a cross section of organizations attended to hear about the ways the health care law will provide more affordable, better quality health insurance for children and their families. The participants learned about the enrollment process and how ACA expands access to mental health and substance use disorder benefits and what community based organizations can do to help others enroll beginning October 1st. .Affordable Care Act Briefing for the Mental Health Community.




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Carol Broadbent, parent of twin four-year-old girls

Lori Hoffman, grandmother to a boy with learning problems

Karen Goodwin, mother of a son with learning difficulties

Stephanie Vrsnik, Community and Development Director, Nevada PEP

Robin Kincaid, Training Director, Nevada PEP

BY IAN MYLCHREEST -- Parenting ordinary children can be tough enough but special needs children are something else. Teachers and schools often cannot find exactly what they need. Programs like Nevada PEP can often help.

It’s a statewide parent-training organization, PEP Training Director Robin Kincaid says. Most of all, PEP helps families find ways to communicate and collaborate with schools.

Children with special needs or disabilities do create problems that need individual solutions. Carol Broadbent’s twins, for example, suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome. That has left them with significant developmental delays and behavioral problems. “Every day’s battle with stuff,” Broadbent said.

Just getting them into school was problematic and they felt abandoned once Nevada Early Intervention finished providing the initial help. Broadbent and her husband just read a lot but felt they were “just kind of stuck.” The girls’ aggressive behavior made it difficult to find a pre-school that would take them. By the same token, the pre-K school program has helped them. It is a special education class of eight students with a teacher and two aides.

“They’ll always struggle. I know that,” says Broadbent. But, she added, she was happy PEP was able to help her.

Lori Hoffman’s grandson was born with Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome, a condition, which required he be born at 35 weeks because of tumors on his kidneys. Numerous surgeries followed to reduce an abnormally large tongue, correct growth abnormalities and deal with intestinal problems. He struggled in school and was finally diagnosed as having a “written expression disorder,” said Hoffman.

“He would just sit there and not do his work. You could ask him and he could tell you everything but he would not write at all, he just wouldn’t do it,” she said. After three years of struggling with this problem, counselors from PEP were able to work with Hoffman to get her son an iPad. Using that at summer school has allowed him to catch up with grade level work.

The first place to begin is the the “individual education program” or IEP. That program is individualized to the special education needs of each child, said Stephanie Vrsnik, Community and Development Director of Nevada PEP.  All special education students must have an IEP, she added. Nevada PEP offers parents clinics and special training in what they need to know to make sure their IEP is working.