Clark County to Fill 15 Opioid Task Force Positions
The Clark County Board of Commissioners is looking to appoint 15 positions to the new regional Opioid Task Force. With the passage of AB132 in the 2023 legislative session, the Board was tasked with creating and maintaining the task force made up of members from specific agencies and public fields.
The task force will review data relating to opioid overdose deaths and near deaths and use the information to identify gaps in community services relating to opioids and opioid overdose fatalities. The task force will also review available data from existing state and community databases and information relating to harm reduction and substance abuse to identify trends relating to opioid overdose deaths.
“We all know the opioid pandemic is hurting thousands of families across Clark County but I am hopeful this task force will not only look at prevention methods but also promote long-term recovery solutions,” said County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick.
Below is a list of the 15 appointments needed for the task force that include eight internal/agency specific appointments as well as seven appointments from a broader field of work:
- One member who represents a social services agency in Clark County;
- One member who represents the Clark County School District;
- One member who represents the Department of Family Services of Clark County;
- One member who represents the Department of Juvenile Justice Services of Clark County;
- One member who represents the Southern Nevada Health District;
- The Clark County coroner or his or her designee.
- One member who represents law enforcement selected from a list of nominees submitted by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department;
- One member with experience in the field of public health epidemiology selected from a list of nominees submitted by the Southern Nevada Health District;
- One member with experience in the field of primary health care;
- One member with experience in the field of behavioral health;
- One member with experience in the field of mental health;
- One member with experience in the field of addiction medicine;
- One member who represents a provider of emergency medical services in Clark County;
- One member who represents public health educators or community health workers who represent or serve persons with limited English proficiency; and
- One member who represents a substance use disorder prevention coalition in Clark County.
The task force is a one year term to expire on December 31, 2024. At the close of the term, the task force will summarize their work with a report and provide any legislative recommendations. Meetings will be held a minimum of once each quarter and are required to begin in January 2024.
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Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect, accountability, leadership and excellence. 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 41 million visitors a year (2022). Included are the nation’s 8th-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 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.