NCJFCJ in the State of Nevada
Work and Impact
Requests for technical assistance in 2022.
Trained judges, judicial officers, attorneys, and other juvenile and family court-related professionals working to protect Nevada’s children, families, and survivors in our communities in 2022.
Judicial and Associate Members in Nevada.
The NCJFCJ held its 85th Annual Conference in Reno in July 2022. Participants received specialized child welfare, domestic violence, and juvenile justice training on current and cutting-edge topics and research.
The NCJFCJ is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to provide targeted support to the Elko County Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Team, which is implementing the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines and other key recommended practices. The NCJFCJ provides targeted support through court assessments, on-site court observation, strategic planning activities, peer-to-peer learning, and individualized training.
Working with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Children Youth and Family Services, the NCJFCJ has developed the Nevada Center for Juvenile Justice Innovation, an evidence-based program resource center to support the adoption of best practices in Nevada’s juvenile justice system.
As part of Nevada’s ongoing efforts to improve the handling of guardianship cases, the NCJFCJ is partnering with the Nevada Administrative Office of the Courts to develop training for judicial officers and lay guardians on less restrictive alternatives to guardianship, rights of protected persons, monitoring of guardianships, and guardianship procedures. The National Center for State Courts, a partner on this project, is collecting data on how the district courts manage guardianship cases.
The Washoe County NCJFCJ Mentor Child Abuse and Neglect Model Court and the Clark County NCJFCJ Mentor Child Abuse and Neglect Model Court are recognized for their efforts to improve outcomes for abused and neglected children, juvenile offenders, and their families.
The Family Division of the Second Judicial District Court (SJDC) of Washoe County is an NCJFCJ Project ONE Mentor site (One family-one judge, No wrong door, Equal and coordinated access to justice). The NCJFCJ facilitated a strategic data planning process to help the SJDC and its Project ONE partners improve their internal Project ONE data capabilities. The NCJFCJ research team completed the strategic data planning process and the court, with its partners, is creating a Project ONE data dashboard to enhance the court’s abilities to track core program data and performance measures.
Joseph Asher of Las Vegas and Patricia Cafferata of Reno are Board Directors of the NCJFCJ. Melissa “Missy” Young, Chief Information Officer at Switch in Las Vegas, and Ann Wilkinson of Reno serve on the NCJFCJ’s Amicus Council. Joseph Asher, Patricia Cafferata, Sandy Gamba, Paul Georgeson, Jeanne Karadanis, and Melissa “Missy” Young are Sustaining Members of the NCJFCJ.
The Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Nevada Trucking Association are Organizational Members of the NCJFCJ.