The health care environment in Nevada and the U.S. is at a crisis point. There is general agreement that the system, whether by means of the new Health Care Reform law, or other mechanisms, must and will change. Consumers require assistance, information and advocacy to personally manage these changes.
Family Resource Centers (FRCs) were established by legislation in 1995 (NRS 430A). The state is divided into 18 Service Areas with an FRC providing information, referrals, and case management to residents in each Service Area, defined by residential zip code. FRCs collaborate with local and state agencies and organizations to help individuals and families access needed services and support.
Locate food resources like the Governor's Office of Food Security, SNAP (Food Stamps), WIC (Women, Infants & Children), the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Three Square.
Locate local financial assistance programs like TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), Child Support Enforcement, Senior Tax Assistance, Energy Assistance Program, Child Care Assistance and Free Tax Return Preparation.
Locate resources that provide medical assistance. You can learn how to apply for medical coverage, locate information on Medicaid, Nevada Check Up, Senior RX, Disability RX, Nevada Health Centers, Health Access Washoe County, Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, Access to Healthcare Network and Consumer Health Assistance.
The mental health agencies of Behavioral Health provide a safety net of services and programs, designed to assist those coping with mental illness. Services are provided on a sliding fee basis and Medicaid is accepted.