This week, Governor Sisolak gave a six-month update on his State of the State address, which was given on February 23, 2022. His office released a document titled “Promises Made, Promises Kept”, which outlines promises the Governor laid out in this speech and provides an update on key points. Among the highlights of the update:
- $500 million “Home Means Nevada” initiative
- The Home Means Nevada program launched on April 14 and eligible organizations were able to pre-apply online, a total of 234 pre-applications were submitted
- Nevada will join the Northwest Prescription Drug Consortium to hold drug companies accountable and get prescription costs down.
- Nevada announced in February that the State will be joining with Oregon and Washington to reduce prescription drug costs through implementation of a statewide drug discount card for enrolled Nevadans.
- Investing $6 million from the State Opioid Response grant program to ensure Nevada has the right infrastructure in place to address the opioid crisis.
- The Interim Finance Committee approved additional funds in April to increase access to treatment, reduce unmet treatment needs, and reduce opioid overdose-related death through prevention, treatment and recovery activities.
- $20 million to fund Nevada’s Crisis Stabilization Centers, announced by Governor Steve Sisolak during his April Healthcare Provider Summit.
- This will allow the State to develop the infrastructure needed for emergency behavioral health care centers in Nevada. Additionally, $10 million for emergency crisis behavioral health services will help address the immediate needs of the communities while the crisis stabilizations centers are being established.
- Leveraged nearly $4 million in federal funds to streamline the Medicaid renewal process.
- This reduces the need for members to send follow-up information to complete the renewal process, reduces workload for State eligibility staff, and minimizes the risk of individuals enrolled in Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) losing coverage unnecessarily.
- Invest in teacher recruitment by providing nearly 4,000 future educators with stipends and tuition assistance to address the teacher shortage.
- More than 2,300 subgrants have been awarded by the Nevada Department of Education to future educators and applications are ongoing. Each candidate who receives these funds must obtain a Nevada standard teaching license and teach for two years in a public school in the State of Nevada.
- Investing federal dollars to ensure schools can provide free lunch for all students in Nevada for the 2022-23 school year.
- Interim Finance Committee approved $75 million to ensure universal free school meals for all Nevada public schools for the 2022-2023 school year.
Other topics include Childcare, Safety/Police, Climate, Economy, and Infrastructure. The full document can be found here: Promises Made, Promises Kept
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