On June 21st, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced the Interim Finance Committee has approved another set of work programs using the federal American Rescue Plans funds.
The State has invested $75 million to ensure universal free school meals for all Nevada’s public schools during the next academic year. This is one of a slate of programs in collaboration with the Nevada Department of Agriculture to help combat food insecurity.
Additionally, $50 million was approved to improve accessibility and affordability for families that qualify for child care assistance. The Nevada Child Care Fund will be launched this July and will greatly supplement the expanded assistance efforts being provided by the federal Child Care and Development Fund.
Other critical programs approved today using American Rescue Plan funds include:
- $16 million for the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation to hire and train more specialized staff members along with funds for DETR to upgrade their technology systems to better serve job seekers and employers.
- $200 million for the Nevada Department of Education to make available for public school districts to help combat learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This money was initially set aside for districts during the 2021 Legislative Session and the Department has worked diligently with districts to design programs to spend the dollars most effectively in the upcoming school year.
- $20 million to fund Nevada’s Crisis Stabilization Centers, which will allow the State to develop the infrastructure needed for emergency behavioral health care centers in Nevada. An additional $10 million in funding for emergency crisis behavioral health services will be used while the crisis stabilizations centers are being established. These projects are included in the build out of Nevada Crisis Response System and builds upon the Governor’s investments with 988 and the Nevada Resilience Project back in April.
- $330,000 for the Nevada Department of Agriculture to implement a State Meat and Poultry Inspection Program.
- $1.5 million to State Public Works for a capital improvement and interior renovation project for the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center Museum Collection.