LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) — Clark County announced Wednesday that it will be adding a team of social services outreach workers to deploy to the Las Vegas Strip.
According to a press release, the addition of social workers to the area is to “help foster a safe environment along the Las Vegas Strip and in response to an increase in homelessness.”
Clark County said the team will partner with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to “engage with people experiencing homelessness, mental health issues or addictions.”
According to the county, the team of social workers, called a CARE team, will connect residents in crisis with programs and services such as addiction and mental health treatment, counseling and housing support. .
The county says two teams will be dedicated to the Las Vegas Strip and a third group will be located at the University Medical Center (UMC).
According to the release, the county is currently recruiting for these positions. However, in the meantime, existing Clark County CARE teams are deployed to the strip.
“CARE teams connect those who may be suffering from mental health or addiction issues to the programs and services they need,” said Commission Chairman Jim Gibson. “We have seen these crews working elsewhere in Clark County and believe they are part of the solution to keeping people safe on the Strip and in our community. The Las Vegas Strip is not a suitable place for those facing these types of issues, and by dedicating CARE team resources to the resort corridor, we will help meet the need while fostering a safe environment for our visitors, residents and the thousands of employees who work at hotel properties. Most importantly, they will help these people get the help they need.
The county says it created CARE teams three years ago “to meet the needs of some of our most vulnerable residents.”
Currently, according to the county, teams are focused on helping individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Another team is partnering with Las Vegas police to respond to people who need intervention to address mental health or addiction issues, the statement said.
“The LVMPD and our partners strive to establish non-traditional policing efforts to identify solutions to significant social unrest that cannot be resolved through law enforcement, arrest, incarceration and prosecution alone. said Metropolitan Police Captain Roxanne Burke. “This team will place greater emphasis on long-term solutions to many behavioral, societal and mental concerns felt by our citizens. Together they will meet with clients, perform assessments and provide treatment plans.
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