General Information:

  • Resources and supports in Nevada: Nevada 211
  • Commonly Used Acronyms in the Disability Community
  • President’s Committee on ID 2016 Report, Strengthening an Inclusive Pathway for People with Intellectual Disabilities and Their Families
  • 9-1-1 Dispatch Registry – free for any individual or family with any disability. It allows dispatch operators to relay information on an individual associated with that address when a 9-1-1 call is placed, providing first responders with valuable information including:
    • Level of communication and functioning
    • Medical/sensory issues
    • Fears/dislikes/triggers/pre-meltdown signs
    • Calming strategies/favorite objects and subj
    • Any prior wandering incidents/closest bodies of water near the home

    This Dispatch Registry is currently only offered in Washoe County but you may contact your local police department and request information be entered into their dispatch system. Click on the link(s) below to complete the form and return to the JUSTin HOPE Foundation via postal mail or email. Once you’ve completed the form you will be mailed an “Alert” sticker or decal.



Life Stages Tool Guide  – The Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (NGCDD) has created the Life Stages Guide; a tool to help individuals with disabilities and their families plan for, and make informed choices to live the most self-determined life they can at any age. The NGCDD has heard from the community that often times, individuals with disabilities and/or their family members are overwhelmed and unsure of how to navigate through the system. The Life Stages Guide was created as a tool to prepare for and seek services, supports, and resources by asking thought-provoking questions they may not have thought of asking or know to ask on their own.

This guide was adapted with permission from Charting the Life Course: A Guide for Individuals, Families, and Professionals from Missouri Family to Family. It represents the viewpoints of individuals with disabilities, parents and family members on what they found helpful, wish for their future, or wished they had thought about during the different ages and stages in life. It also includes information on self-determination, and a list of various resources and services.

We hope you will find this guide informational and useful for you, your family members and/or consumers. The guide is available in three forms: as a downloadable PDF below (in standard and accessible format) and through our office as an actual handbook. All are free of cost however, we ask that you please compete and return the accompanying survey in the link below as your feedback is important to us. Please let us know if this guide was useful by completing this survey and emailing to Ellen Marquez at

  • Life Stages June 2016 (English)
  • Life Stages in Spanish 6-2016 PDF
  • Life Stages Accessible Format (English)
  • The Art of Impact is an e-book/website for the advocate who wants to be on a journey whether just beginning or very experienced.  It’s a guide to self-advocacy and healthy living in your community. It will help introduce you to self-advocacy. Those who already know about self-advocacy can learn more about it. You can learn how to practice and improve your self-advocacy skills. You can also learn tips from veteran leaders.

Advocacy Groups in Nevada

  • People First of Nevada
  • A Team Nevada
  • Kiwanis Aktion Club – Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month. Location: Dining Room of the Douglas County Community and Senior Center. Contact: Gary Dove, 775-339-8882 |

Emergency Planning


Financial Planning


  • The 2015 Legislature passed AB 128 which created the form below for a Durable Power of Attorney (DPA) written in far simpler language for health care decisions for adults with intellectual disabilities. The old form was felt by Physicians and other healthcare providers to be too difficult for an adult with intellectual disabilities to understand.  Therefore, they would often refuse to accept a DPA signed by an adult with an intellectual disability, avoiding and/or delaying important treatment options.
  • Durable Power of Attorney for adults w/ID
  • Guardianship Handbook

Home and Community Based Medicaid Waivers

Living environments for people with disabilities must be integrated in and provide full access to the community and be places where individuals choose to live. Homes must offer personal rights to privacy and dignity and allow individuals to independently make choices about daily activities, their physical environment and who they interact with.

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Individual/Family Support 

  •  A great website with resources to support families throughout the lifespan of their family member with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Financial assistance to participate in conferences, workshops, and other training opportunities: Consumer Leadership Funds

Information/Referral/Independent Living Support/Services


Managed Care in Nevada

The Department of Health and Human Services is evaluating alternative service delivery models aimed at achieving better care for patients, better health for our communities and lower costs through improved health outcomes. The Division of Health Care Financing and Policy (Nevada Medicaid) currently provides services under two different delivery models, Fee-For-Service and Managed Care. A Managed Care Organization arranges for a medical service provider to provide health care services to individuals enrolled in their organization.

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Nevada DD Network Partners

Seclusion and Restraint


Please note this list is not all inclusive. Views expressed on these sites do not necessarily represent the official views of the state of Nevada, the NGCDD, the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities or any other related or supporting agency or organization. The NGCDD holds no responsibility for other website content and no endorsement should be inferred.