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State Highlights

Some areas where Nevada has moved the needle relative to other states include authorizing comprehensive supports and services for youth experiencing homelessness, and preventing youth from coming into contact with the criminal and juvenile justice systems. 

Law and Policy

Law & Policy

  • The state has a law similar to the federal RHYA to provide key intervention and emergency services for youth experiencing homelessness.
  • State law allows youth in need of supervision to receive services without court involvement.
  • State law does not specifically criminalize running away.
  • State law provides youth experiencing homelessness some contract rights.

Systems

Systems

  • There is a state interagency council on homelessness.

Environment

Environment

  • The state has banned conversion therapy for minors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.  
  • The state promotes safe and inclusive environments in child welfare programs by providing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

Recommendations for Improvement

There is room for improvement throughout the metrics for the Silver State, with emphasis on the Environment category. Protecting the rights and interests of youth experiencing homelessness, including LGBTQ youth, should be prioritized.

Law and Policy

Law & Policy

  • Allow youth experiencing homelessness to earn partial and alternative school credits. 
  • Enact law or regulation to allow shelters to take in youth experiencing homelessness with a delay or waiver of notification requirements.
  • Allow unaccompanied youth under 18 to apply for health insurance coverage on their own.

Systems

Systems

  • Create a state entity - such as an Office of Homeless Youth Services -  that focuses solely on designing, implementing, and evaluating youth homelessness programs.
  • Draft and publish a state plan to end homelessness that contains a youth-specific and LGBTQ youth-specific strategy component.

Environment

Environment

  • Organize and maintain a state-level, self-governing youth action board or council to inform youth homelessness policy within the state.
  • Require training about sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, healthy sexual development, or issues specific to LGBTQ youth for staff working in runaway and homeless youth systems.
  • Promote safe and inclusive environments in runaway and homeless youth programs by providing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

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