Through a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Nevada will be deploying 35 crisis counselors statewide to support Nevadans coping with the effects of COVID-19.
The program will focus on a population health approach that encourages healthy coping and active management of stressors, building resiliency and fostering compassion.
The State of Nevada was awarded $654,640 for the Crisis Counseling Immediate Services Program through FEMA and will use the funding to place crisis counselors in community programs.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will work in partnerships with local health departments and human service agencies, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Nevada COVID-19 Aging Network (Nevada CAN) to ensure Nevadan’s have access to prevention and early intervention services.
Through this funding Crisis Support Services of Nevada (CSSNV) staff will also receive training in crisis counseling and Psychological First Aid. CSSNV connects individuals to trained, compassionate counselors who can offer support and direct them to mental health and substance abuse counseling services.
CSSNV can be reached at their toll-free confidential number at 1-800-273-8255 or by texting CARE to 839863.
In addition to direct services provided by crisis counselors, the funding will also assist in providing information on access to resources in communities and provide public awareness campaigns to bring awareness to healthy ways to cope and manage the stressors from COVID-19.