Walgreens now offering Safe Medication Disposal

Safe Medication Disposal boxes are now available to the community at Walgreens.  They can be found at the following Las Vegas locations:

  1. 9415 W. Desert Inn Rd. Las Vegas, 702-233-8935, Open 24 hours
  2. 7599 W. Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, 702-363-4622, Open 24 hours
  3. 6865 W. Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, 702-871-1623, Open 8:30 am-7:00 pm
  4. 4905 W. Tropicana Ave. Las Vegas, 702-889-0922, Open 9:00 am-9:00 pm
  5. 8500 W. Cheyenne Ave., Las Vegas, 702-655-7258, Open 8:00 am-6:30 pm
  6. 1180 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, 702-836-9119, Open 24 hours
  7. 1445 W. Craig Rd., Las Vegas, 702-649-3113, Open 24 hours
  8. 4470 E. Bonanza Rd., Las Vegas, 702-531-8006, Open 7:00 am-11:00 pm
  9. 2389 E. Windmill La., Las Vegas, 702-837-9531, Open 9:00 am-7:00 pm
  10. 5011 E. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, 702-432-5633, Open 24 hours
  11. 1701 N. Green Valley Pkwy, Las Vegas, 702-897-5884, Open 7:00 am-11:00 am

CCDC Now Hiring Mental Health Professional

Mental Health Professional (MHP) Job Description with CCDC:

Position Requirements:
Must be a licensed Psychologist, Professional Counselor, Clinical Social Worker, or Registered Nurse. Must hold and maintain a current, unrestricted license in the state of employment, as well as a valid CPR card. A minimum of 3 years’ clinical experience in a mental health care setting is required, with correctional healthcare experience preferred. Must have knowledge and experience in the identification and treatment of mental health and co-occurring substance abuse disorders, discharge planning, principles of social work, basic principles of individual and group behavior, suicide risk assessment, crisis de-escalation techniques, and a working knowledge of psychotropic medications.


Full time, Part time, PRN, Exempt, Non-exempt

Accountable to:
Mental Health Director, Health Services Administrator (HSA), Corporate Mental Health Director

Physical Demands:

Must have the physical and mental capacity to work in an environment that may be less than pristine, and manage and maintain physical and mental health when encountering stressful situations.

Position Summary:

Under the direct supervision of the Mental Health Director, Health Services Administrator (HSA), and Corporate Mental Health Director, the Mental Health Professional (MHP) is responsible for providing mental health care within the scope of their license in the facility.

A. Use knowledge and expertise to ensure that processes and systems are followed appropriately according to policies and procedures, company performance, and accreditation standards.
B. Work cohesively with the Mental Health Director, HSA, Social Services Director (when present), and psychiatric provider(s) in the coordination of the mental health care delivery system, as well as other functions within the facility.
C. Use all functions and applications of TechCare™ relevant to the position with no supervision, and assist with staff training as requested.
D. Communicate effectively with clients, peers, and employees at all levels within the organization. Maintain clear lines of communication throughout issue-resolution processes.
E. Demonstrate personal performance based on professional practice standards, relevant statutes, rules and regulations, and organizational criteria.
F. Demonstrate professionalism by using objectivity, maintaining self-control when under pressure, separating professional from personal issues, displaying emotional maturity, maintaining a high degree of integrity, and promoting a positive work environment by setting an example.
G. Participate in all monthly, quarterly, and annual meetings as assigned and required in accordance with contract compliance.
H. Relay critical information to the next level of management that may have a negative impact on client and/or vendor relations or patient care.
I. Evaluate patients in a variety of settings, including the initial intake area, mental health care unit, emergency situations, housing units, medical housing areas, and segregation units.
J. Participate in educational and training activities related to mental health care for patients, security personnel, and healthcare staff.
K. Assist with evaluating the quality and effectiveness of the mental health services and assist in developing systems to ensure and monitor patient care and safety.
L. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to refer for appropriate care, based on the physical, psychosocial, educational, safety, and related criteria, appropriate to the age of the patient(s) served.
M. Coordinate with healthcare and security staff regarding patients’ mental health care and release dates and ensure an effective discharge summary plan is documented within the patient’s health record.
N. Participate in a collaborative approach of patient management using the knowledge and clinical resources of the health care staff to provide the resolution of diagnostic and therapeutic problems and the implementation of effective solutions.
O. Perform and document mental health evaluations, progress notes, individual and group counseling notes, and suicide watch notes in TechCare™ in a thorough manner that relays a clear picture of the patient for the next clinician who interacts with the patient. Report all significant changes in patient condition to higher level mental health staff for appropriate intervention.
P. Facilitate patient treatment according to company policies and procedures to include, but not limited to, admission and discharge from the mental health unit,
housing change requests, seclusion, suicide precautions, close observation, and observation level changes.
Q. Demonstrate knowledge of DSM-V criteria with appropriate intervention.
R. Conduct group and/or individual counseling for patients, as applicable.
S. Complete at least 12 hours of CEU pertinent to correctional health care annually.

Click here for the complete Position Description

Harm Reduction in the Valley

In the Spring of 2017, Southern Nevada began its first comprehensive harm reduction needle exchange program, also known as Syringe Service Programs (SSPs), ‘Impact Exchange.’  This followed the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 410, which decriminalized needles, and similar programs in Northern Nevada.  Syringe vending machines have been used as an infectious disease intervention with PWID (People Who Inject Drugs) in Europe and Australia, among others, for over a decade.  “The prescription opioid and heroin epidemics are devastating families and communities throughout the nation, and the potential for new HIV outbreaks is of growing concern. Our goal is for people to live long enough to stop substance use and not contract HIV or other serious infections while injecting – SSPs can help people accomplish both.”Tom Frieden, M.D., MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Proponents of the bill argued that needle exchange programs would greatly reduce Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV risk among PWID.  According to estimates from the CDC National Prevention Information Network, the lifetime cost of care for Hepatitis C is $500,000, and the lifetime cost of care for HIV begins at $355,000.

In Clark County, it is estimated that about 9% of new HIV diagnoses occur among PWID.  The practice of sharing needles is higher among younger PWID, and recent statistics show that the percentage of Whites who are starting to use injection drugs has increased by 114%.  According to the CDC, in 2015, just one in four injection drug users reported receiving their injection supplies from sterile sources.  Nationally, up to 70% of Hepatitis C infections are contracted through injection drug use.

The program, which involves a needle exchange program and pilot vending machine program, is the result of a partnership between Southern Nevada Health District, Harm Reduction Center- Las Vegas, and the Nevada Aids Research and Education Society (NARES).  People using the needle exchange vending machines are required to register at Trac-B Exchange, as well as with Trac-B Exchange’s service providers.  Community members may receive up to two boxes per week.  Each box contains items needed to reduce the risk of bloodborne infections.

In addition to providing PWID with access to sterile needles and syringes, and facilitating the safe disposal of used needles and syringes, this program opens the door to other types of services and care for community members.

Says Brandon Delise, an Epidemiologist with Southern Nevada Health District, “Each year since 2008, more Clark County residents have died from opioid overdoses than from firearms or motor vehicle traffic accidents. Additionally, Clark County has seen a rise in rate of fatal fentanyl overdoses from 2015 to 2016 but a decrease in rate of fatal prescription opioid overdoses during the same time period. Preventive and harm reduction programs, like syringe vending machines, have been integral in responding to the opioid epidemic by allowing people to protect themselves against blood-borne pathogens through the distribution of both disease prevention items and critical information about infectious diseases.  For further details, please refer to the Nevada Online Opioid Dashboard (https://opioid.snhd.org/).”

Following are the hours of Trac-B Exchange:
Monday: 12 pm-4 pm
Tuesday: 2 pm-6 pm
Wednesday: 10 am-2 pm
Thursday: 2 pm-6 pm
Friday: CLOSED

Needle exchange vending machines are available at Trac-B Exchange’s location, found at 6114 West Charleston Blvd.  Each Wednesday, HIV and Hepatitis C testing is available at Trac-B Exchange from 10 am- 2pm.

For more information, contact Trac-B at (702) 840-6693 or visit www.HarmReductionCenterLV.com.

Additional locations for the needle exchange programs:
Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN)
1120 Almond Tree Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 382-2326 option2

Vending Machines:
Community members may access the vending machine twice in a 7 day period and must register with AFAN if not already registered with Huntridge Family Clinic or Trac-B.  The vending machine is available during business hours of Monday –Friday from 8 am-5 pm.

HIV Testing:
Free rapid HIV testing is offered via an appointment made over the phone or on a walk-in basis.  Testing stops at 4:30 pm.

Huntridge Family Clinic
1830 East Sahara Ave.
(702) 979-1111

Vending Machines:
Available Monday-Friday from 9 am-5 pm.  Community members need an ID to register and receive a vending machine card.  The card you receive upon registration cannot be used until the next day.

HIV Testing:
Free rapid HIV testing available 9 am-11 am and 1 pm-4 pm.

Upcoming Trainings:
To find out about upcoming trainings on Harm Reduction, contact Brandon Delise, Southern Nevada Health District, at delise@SNHD.ORG.


Join Together Northern Nevada (JTNN) is now hiring a Prevention Specialist

ORGANIZATION: Join Together Northern Nevada (JTNN) is a nonprofit substance abuse coalition that brings citizens, agencies, businesses, and government organizations together toward the common goal of building a healthy, drug free community. Visit us at www.jtnn.org.
POSITION: Prevention Specialist (P/T) – 20-25 hours per week
Salary: $18/hour – includes vacation and sick pay, no medical benefits
SUMMARY: Seeking highly organized individual for Prevention Specialist position to provide education about substance abuse prevention to various community audiences, manage special projects and events, and represent JTNN through numerous community activities. Must possess a high level of professionalism, good planning and organizational skills, well developed interpersonal and communication skills, and a professional appearance.
 Develop content and deliver educational presentations to audiences such as, but not limited to: professional associations; healthcare personnel; school administrators; college students; and local business owners on topics such as prevention, underage drinking, addictive drugs, and JTNN committee work.
 Coordinate/attend/participate in community meetings/events to share knowledge and resources, collect data, and build or strengthen community partnerships with local leaders and stakeholders.
 Provide support for agency education events and/or fundraisers such as developing an agenda, organizing an attendance lists, and providing onsite event management.
 Facilitate committee meetings, organize task forces, and prepare typed minutes.
 Prepare and submit quarterly grant reports.
 Mentor and supervise interns.
 Other project-related duties as assigned.
 Bachelor’s degree
 Background in prevention, education, collaboration or program development preferred.
 Ability to demonstrate skills in problem solving, coordination of activities and events, and verbal and written communication with key stakeholders.
 Ability to speak to large groups and facilitate conversations about complex topics.
 Working understanding of drug and alcohol prevention, intervention and treatment, and local culture or the willingness to learn.
 Ability to work with a wide variety of people.
 Ability to meet grant deliverables.
 Willingness to be flexible with work schedule to accommodate organization’s needs.
 Ability to maintain professional and ethical standards at all times.
 Ability to represent JTNN positively in the community at large.
 Excellent organizational and research skills.
 Excellent verbal and writing skills in the English language.
 Computer literate with working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
 Must provide own transportation and proof of a current Nevada driver’s license and insurance upon accepting the position.
 Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen test.
Communication: Able to read, analyze, and interpret reports, grants, and general business documents. Able to write reports, correspondence and emails.
Facilitation and Conflict Resolution: Able to manage dialogue in meetings or other situations with individuals having conflicting opinions or beliefs. Able to highlight strengths and common goals and find ways to collectively compromise for the larger goal.
Maintain Records: Maintain grant and account files and retrieve information when needed.
Commitment to Social Change: Willing and able to engage in community-based activities and efforts that focus on changing social norms, attitudes and behaviors about drugs and alcohol.
Must Have Skill and Ability to: Learn to efficiently use various software applications, follow instructions, organize and prioritize work, perform basic research, and work cooperatively.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand or sit for extended periods. The employee will also be required to occasionally stoop, bend, and reach. The employee is required to use hand to finger, handle or operate objects or controls, reach with hands and arms, and be able to hear and speak. Duties will require walking and driving. Must be able to lift or move up to 20 pounds for short distances.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to info@jtnn.org by Wednesday, May 23 at 5 p.m.

National Prevention Week

This week is National Prevention Week!

For more information, please visit https://www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week.

Each day of this week, CARE Coalition will be highlighting prevention topics in an effort to provide education & awareness to our community:

Monday, May 14, 2018

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
-RSVP to karla@carecoalitionnv.org

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Friday, May 18, 2018
-Tall Cop presentation
-Potluck & networking

Call (702) 463-1415 for more info & to RSVP.

Resources for Parents

From: Partnership for Drug-Free America. Visit drugfree.org.

How Can I Protect My Child from Fentanyl? 5 Things Parents Need to Know

9 Facts About Addiction People Usually Get Wrong

Considering Medication-Assisted Treatment? Make Sure You Know the Fine Print 

What If Your Teen Uses Drugs AND Has Anxiety, ADHD or Bipolar Disorder? 

6 Steps to Find Addiction Treatment For Your Son or Daughter If You Don’t Have Insurance

Getting Your Child to Accept Treatment for an Alcohol or Drug Addiction

Underage Drinking: What You Should Know

How to Listen and Get Through to Your Teen 

7 Tips to Help Your Child Manage School Stress