Spotlight – Nevada

Melissa Faul
Division of Child and Family Services
4126 Technology Way, 1st Floor
Carson City, Nevada 89706
Phone: 775-684-4471

Reesha Powell
Division of Child and Family Services
4126 Technology Way, 1st Floor
Carson City, Nevada 89706
Phone: 775-684-7956Email:




Mortality Statistics

Program Description

The Nevada CDR program was established in 1993. The program is stand-alone with much of the work conducted by volunteers. In 2003, a law was passed in Nevada that places a one dollar tax on death certificates. The money will be used to fund child fatality review. This fee revenue source fluctuates annually, but provides approximately $117,000 per year.

Nevada has both state and local teams.

State Team:
The team is comprised of eight members and meets quarterly.

Local Teams:
There are six teams, those in larger urban areas meet monthly, or bimonthly, rural communities meet quarterly when there is a death to review.

Nevada CDR Teams review deaths to children age 17 years and younger.

The purpose of the Nevada CDR Program is prevention, education and case analysis to determine needed policy, protocol and statute changes.

Standardized data reporting forms are completed for all reviews. This is required by state legislation beginning January 2004. Nevada CDR has access to state vital statistics and uses it for demographic information. CDR data is stored in a private computerized database and is analyzed through statistics.

Annual Report
Nevada does produce an annual report. The annual report features data from six local teams. This report is distributed to all team members, child welfare agency staff, Judicial, Assemblymen and County Commissioners.

Prevention Initiatives
CDR findings have influenced both policy changes and the direction for public awareness campaigns. Policy changes include revised Child Protective Services Intake policies, changes in laws and policies regarding placement of newborns and law enforcement protocols when handling cases of child fatalities and near fatalities. Public awareness campaigns include collaborations with various stakeholders in the community. Some campaigns that the Nevada Child Death Review program has sponsored are:

  • Crisis Call Center-Text4life campaign has allowed the ability for clients to text the crisis call center, especially youth, who are more comfortable texting than talking on the phone. As a result there has been a large number of young people being helped through texting.
  • Prevent Child Abuse NV (PCANV) in conjunction with CAN Prevent will organize a statewide conference that will take place in Southern Nevada to increase awareness regarding child abuse prevention, child safety activities, and resources available in Nevada. We have partnered on this conference for the past three years with our partnership and the conference improving each year. For the past two years, the conference was filled to capacity and even has had a waiting list, indicating the need for this type of education and the interest in our professionals to attend a local conference with this information. Since the conference will be held in Southern Nevada in 2017, PCANV would like to offer travel scholarships to make sure attendees and presenters from Northern Nevada are able to attend. PCANV would also like to invite a national key-note speaker in order to offer attendees the most up to date information on child maltreatment prevention and safety. In addition, PCANV would like to provide a printed program for this conference, as well as tote bags for materials that will be given to attendees.
  • The Nevada Reducing Access to Lethal Means Program-the goals of this public awareness program will include expanding education to parents, public, gun shops, gun ranges, gun distributors, gun retailers, attendees of gun shows and all individuals who are gun-owners. Awareness and education efforts will include: (a) understanding the risk of accidents and suicide associated with gun ownership and medications; (b) Accessibility to guns and medications by those faced with a crisis can be deadly; (c) The importance of making medications/guns inoperable and inaccessible to young people struggling with mental illness and/or going through a crisis; (d) Increasing knowledge on what to look for and how to help someone at risk for suicide.
  • Social Emotional Learning in Nye County Schools for Upstream Suicide Prevention- A collaboration has been formed between Camp Make-believe Kids, Nye County School District, Nye County Communities Coalition, and the Nevada Institute for Children’s Research & Policy in order to bring the CMB Kids SEL program to elementary schools in Nye County. Facilitated by the Nevada Office for Suicide Prevention and the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention, this collaboration has designed an implementation and rigorous evaluation strategy that will help to increase evidence for the effectiveness of CMB Kids. This collaboration will provide the CMB Kids curriculum and training to four elementary schools in Pahrump, measure social emotional competencies using validated instruments, and establish a plan for sustainable program implementation and expansion in future years. The following outline provides an overview of how this will be accomplished. Overall Goal: Implement the Camp MakeBelieve Kids program and conduct a rigorous evaluation to determine the effectiveness in increasing social and emotional protective factors among elementary school children. This evidence will help to support the wider implementation of programming designed to support social emotional learning and further protect children and youth from suicide.

Nevada CDR has a variety of protocols in place including CDR Meeting and confidentiality requirements.

The training is provided through the child death review fund and is scheduled at the request of the multidisciplinary teams.

Last Updated: January 2018