Lease Contract Paves Way for Provision of Added Youth Mental Health Services

The Clark County Commission today approved a lease agreement so that the County can expand mental health services to at-risk youth at the Oasis Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility.

The County, which will lease the vacant facility from the state, will be contracting with a provider to operate Oasis and the state is contributing $1.9 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds toward the cost of the contract, which is not yet finalized. The County will fund any amount beyond the $1.9 million.

The Oasis facility, located on the state mental health services campus at 6171 W. Charleston Blvd., will provide treatment to youth with intellectual and developmental delays, including autism, who have intensive behavioral needs and cannot be safely cared for in the community.

The intermediate care facility will include at least six beds and provide a safer, more appropriate treatment environment for some local youth who might otherwise be living at Child Haven, the Clark County Department of Family Services’ emergency shelter.

            “This is a major step to address the service deficit in behavioral health services for the children and families in Clark County,” said Commissioner Justin Jones, who advocated for additional funding to support the service. “Thank you to Governor Sisolak, the Nevada Legislature, and our federal delegation for approving and directing this much-needed funding to Clark County.”

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Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability.  With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 7th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1.1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.