[Rev. 11/21/2013 11:34:49 AM--2013]

CHAPTER 430A - FAMILY RESOURCE CENTERS

GENERAL PROVISIONS

NRS 430A.010        Definitions.

NRS 430A.015        “Action plan” defined.

NRS 430A.020        “At-risk community” defined.

NRS 430A.030        “Director” defined.

NRS 430A.040        “Family resource center” defined.

NRS 430A.045        “Family resource center council” defined.

NRS 430A.080        “Social service agency” defined.

POWERS AND DUTIES OF DIRECTOR; GIFTS AND GRANTS

NRS 430A.100        Solicitation and acceptance of gifts and grants by Director; accounting; grants of money to family resource centers; duties of Grants Management Advisory Committee concerning allocation of money.

NRS 430A.110        Power of Director to enter into contracts.

NRS 430A.120        Director to adopt regulations.

NRS 430A.130        Solicitation and acceptance of gifts and grants by family resource centers and family resource center councils.

OPERATION OF CENTERS; REPORTS

NRS 430A.140        Family resource center to submit action plan to Director for approval.

NRS 430A.150        Establishment of family resource center council required; compliance with Open Meeting Law.

NRS 430A.160        Services provided.

NRS 430A.170        Case managers; training; plans developed with families.

NRS 430A.180        Prohibited services and procedures.

NRS 430A.190        Privileged communications.

NRS 430A.200        Reports by family resource centers; reports by Director.

NRS 430A.210        Social service agencies to cooperate with family resource centers.

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GENERAL PROVISIONS

      NRS 430A.010  Definitions.  As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NRS 430A.015 to 430A.080, inclusive, have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2765; A 2005, 467)

      NRS 430A.015  “Action plan” defined.  “Action plan” means a plan established by a family resource center, with input from the family resource center council, which describes the services to be offered by the family resource center in an at-risk community.

      (Added to NRS by 2005, 467)

      NRS 430A.020  “At-risk community” defined.  “At-risk community” means a geographic area that the Director has declared to be in need of social and economic assistance and social service programs because of the number of families who reside there who:

      1.  Have low incomes;

      2.  Are transient; or

      3.  Have members whose ability to excel in academics, work and social situations is impaired by the educational, economic and social situation of the family as a unit.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2766; A 2005, 467)

      NRS 430A.030  “Director” defined.  “Director” means the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2766)

      NRS 430A.040  “Family resource center” defined.  “Family resource center” means a facility within an at-risk community where families may obtain:

      1.  An assessment of their eligibility for social services;

      2.  Social services; and

      3.  Referrals to obtain social services from other social service agencies or organizations.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2766; A 2005, 467)

      NRS 430A.045  “Family resource center council” defined.  “Family resource center council” means an organization of people who reside in an at-risk community who assist and advise the family resource center which serves their community.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2766; A 2005, 467)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 430A.070)

      NRS 430A.080  “Social service agency” defined.  “Social service agency” means any public agency or organization of this State that provides social services for families, including, without limitation, services relating to employment, child care, health care, drug abuse, education or welfare.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2766)

POWERS AND DUTIES OF DIRECTOR; GIFTS AND GRANTS

      NRS 430A.100  Solicitation and acceptance of gifts and grants by Director; accounting; grants of money to family resource centers; duties of Grants Management Advisory Committee concerning allocation of money.

      1.  The Director may solicit and accept gifts and grants of money and other property, including real property, from any public or private source and may use the property and expend the money, subject to any limitations contained in the gift or grant, to carry out the provisions of this chapter.

      2.  Money received by the Director pursuant to this section must be accounted for separately in the State General Fund. The money in the account does not revert to the State General Fund at the end of any fiscal year and must be carried forward to the next fiscal year.

      3.  The Director may make grants of money from the account to family resource centers to pay for any expenses incurred by those centers in carrying out their responsibilities, and may place such conditions on the acceptance of those grants as the Director determines are necessary, including requiring a center to provide matching money.

      4.  The Advisory Committee shall review all requests for grants of money to family resource centers and shall make recommendations to the Director concerning the allocation of money in the account.

      5.  As used in this section, “Advisory Committee” means the Grants Management Advisory Committee created by NRS 232.383 or a working group of the Grants Management Advisory Committee that is appointed pursuant to NRS 232.387.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2768; A 2005, 468)

      NRS 430A.110  Power of Director to enter into contracts.  The Director may enter into a contract with any person, association, government, governmental agency or political subdivision of a government to assist the Director in carrying out the provisions of this chapter.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2769; A 2005, 468)

      NRS 430A.120  Director to adopt regulations.  The Director shall adopt such regulations as are necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter. The regulations must provide:

      1.  Criteria for evaluating and determining the geographic boundaries for at-risk communities.

      2.  A method for establishing family resource centers, which must include the option of designating existing organizations as family resource centers.

      3.  Criteria for evaluating and approving action plans. The criteria must provide that no action plan will be approved unless it is:

      (a) Tailored to meet the specific needs of the community;

      (b) Developed with input from members of the family resource center council; and

      (c) Feasible in relation to the resources available to the family resource center to which the action plan applies.

      4.  Criteria for the establishment and composition of a family resource center council.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2769; A 2005, 468)

      NRS 430A.130  Solicitation and acceptance of gifts and grants by family resource centers and family resource center councils.  Each family resource center and family resource center council may solicit and accept gifts and grants of money and other property, including real property, from any public or private source and may use the property and expend the money, subject to any limitations contained in the gift or grant, to carry out its functions.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2769; A 2005, 468)

OPERATION OF CENTERS; REPORTS

      NRS 430A.140  Family resource center to submit action plan to Director for approval.

      1.  Before a family resource center may obtain a grant from the Director, the family resource center:

      (a) Must submit to the Director an action plan created by the family resource center with input from the family resource center council; and

      (b) Must obtain approval from the Director of that action plan.

      2.  An action plan must be resubmitted to the Director for approval:

      (a) On or before July 1 of each year; and

      (b) Any time the family resource center adopts a proposed amendment to the action plan.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2767; A 2005, 469)

      NRS 430A.150  Establishment of family resource center council required; compliance with Open Meeting Law.

      1.  Each family resource center shall establish a family resource center council. The composition of the family resource center council must be consistent with the criteria set forth by regulations adopted pursuant to NRS 430A.120.

      2.  All meetings of a family resource center council must be conducted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 241 of NRS.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2767; A 2005, 469)

      NRS 430A.160  Services provided.

      1.  Each family resource center shall provide referrals to obtain, if available, the following services:

      (a) Education on caring for infants and day care services for infants;

      (b) Education on parenting;

      (c) Health care services for children, including all required immunizations;

      (d) Programs to identify and assist infants and young children with developmental disabilities up to 5 years of age;

      (e) Day care for children who are old enough to attend school, both before and after school;

      (f) Programs to assist senior citizens;

      (g) Programs to supplement formal education, including, without limitation, mentor programs for pupils in elementary and secondary schools, literacy programs, programs that encourage parental involvement in school, programs that teach English as a second language, programs to assist in the naturalization process and other alternative educational programs;

      (h) Programs to teach adults and children skills for employment and self-sufficiency;

      (i) Services that will assist families with physical and mental health issues, the special needs of children, food and nutritional needs, recreational needs, housing problems, domestic violence and substance abuse;

      (j) Programs designed to reduce the rate of pregnancies in unmarried teenage girls;

      (k) Programs designed to assist pupils who are truant from school and to reduce the rate at which pupils drop out of school;

      (l) Transportation services, particularly to assist people in traveling to the social service agencies from which they may be receiving services pursuant to this section;

      (m) Classes that teach alternative means of resolving disputes that arise in the family; and

      (n) Any other services for which the communities that the family resource center serves have a need.

      2.  Each family resource center may offer services directly through its own employees and resources or contract with social service agencies to provide services, or may do both.

      3.  Any family resource center that offers services directly through its own employees and resources shall comply with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations regarding the delivery of the services.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2767; A 2005, 469; 2007, 1820)

      NRS 430A.170  Case managers; training; plans developed with families.

      1.  Each family resource center must have a case manager and may have a coordinator to handle administrative matters. If a family resource center does not employ a separate person to act as coordinator, the case manager shall also act as coordinator.

      2.  The Director shall provide training for all case managers on how to assess the needs of families using the family resource center.

      3.  The case manager shall, for each family that seeks services from the center, develop a plan with the family which specifies:

      (a) The services for which the family is eligible;

      (b) Whether the family will receive services from the family resource center or a social service agency, or both;

      (c) The responsibilities the family members must fulfill to remain eligible for the services; and

      (d) The manner in which the performance of responsibilities by the agency and the family members will be monitored.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2767)

      NRS 430A.180  Prohibited services and procedures.  When providing services on behalf of a family resource center which has received a grant from the Director pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, an employee or volunteer at the family resource center shall not administer drugs or contraceptives to or perform medical or dental procedures for a minor unless written consent to administer those drugs or contraceptives or to perform those procedures has been obtained from the minor’s parent, guardian or legal custodian.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2768)

      NRS 430A.190  Privileged communications.  Except as otherwise provided by a specific statute, any communications made to or documents received by an employee or volunteer at a family resource center from a person to obtain the services of the center are privileged and may not be disclosed without the person’s consent or unless so ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2768)

      NRS 430A.200  Reports by family resource centers; reports by Director.

      1.  On or before August 1 of each year, each family resource center shall submit a report to the Director summarizing its achievements and accounting for the expenditure of any money provided to it by the Director for the previous fiscal year.

      2.  On or before September 30 of each year, the Director shall provide a written report to the Interim Finance Committee concerning the expenditure during the preceding fiscal year of all money received by the Director for carrying out the provisions of this chapter.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2769; A 2005, 470)

      NRS 430A.210  Social service agencies to cooperate with family resource centers.  All social service agencies shall cooperate with family resource centers in carrying out the provisions of this chapter, to the extent that doing so does not conflict with federal law or a specific state statute or administrative regulation.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 2769; A 2005, 470)