One of the unique functions of the Clark County Family and Children First Councils is to mobilize child and family serving partners to identify and address the needs of children and families. The Council members and their partners identify local interagency efforts and establish a process to identify local priorities to increase child well-being.
The Family Council through its members and partners commits considerable time and resources in the work that must be accomplished. With this commitment from a variety of partners the Family Council can structure an ongoing planning process focused on building community capacity based on multiple priorities or focus areas. The Council can manage and effectively address multiple priorities that impact children and families. At the same time the Council can educate the community at large about key issues that affect children and families and progress being made to positively impact the outcomes for children and families.
Current priorities or focus areas include:
- System of Care for Multi-need Children and Youth – coordination of services for families through leadership of the Family Stability Team and Interagency Review Committee with the county Service Coordination Mechanism
- Healthy Choices for Life - decreasing risky behaviors & improving Physical Health & Well Being – through continued prevention programs with partnerships between the schools and WellSpring, MHRB and FCFC and health promotion primarily through school-based strategies developed through partnerships between Schools and Clark County Combined Health District
- Student Mental Well-being – mental health awareness with school-based strategies developed through partnerships between Schools and Mental Health Recovery Board, Mental Health Services and Clark County Combined Health District
- Child Abuse Prevention – supports and education for parents and caregivers; public awareness and community education through efforts of the Clark County Combined Health District, Family and Children Services, Child Advocacy Center and private providers