Healthy Communities Coalition takes a prevention first approach. Working strategically with community members and with local, state, federal and tribal groups, the Coalition strives for a collective impact that results in more opportunities for health and wellness for everyone. Our staff includes a Certified Prevention Specialist, several staff members with Master’s degrees in Public Health, and staff who are trainers in NAMI Basics, Family to Family, etc.  Most of our staff are trained Community Health Workers.

Because of our commitment to health and prevention, we are sharing these resources from the CDC regarding Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19.

Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet

How to Stop the Spread of Germs

Following is a list of resources, including for prevention of alcohol, tobacco, opioid and other drug use; suicide; chronic disease and communicable illnesses; etc., as well as programs for youth and families, treatment resources provided by many agencies in our region:

Resource Referral Helpline statewideNevada 211

Resource List for the Lyon County Area:

Substance Abuse Prevention

Healthy Communities Coalition’s youth-led Stand Tall teams work on prevention and wellness education in their schools and communities across Lyon County. Contact Alisha Moss for more information: 246-7550.

Tobacco 21: The goals of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation includes concerted societal and political strategies including school-based education, reduced media exposure, counter-marketing, tobacco and smoke free homes and public areas and youth access restrictions. In addition to those efforts, they also focus on raising the legal minimum tobacco sales age to 21. Healthy Communities’ Stand Tall teams support this strategy.

Healthy Communities Coalition’s school-based Resource Coordinators help connect students and their families with all types of resources (prevention, treatment, housing, food, dental and health care, clothing, etc.). Find Resource Coordinator contact numbers for the Yerington, Fernley, Dayton and Silver Springs regions here:

Prescription Drug Disposal: Healthy Communities works with local law enforcement to support safe disposal through prescription take-back or round-up events and prescription drug drop boxes. To find a drop box or take-back event near you, contact your local law enforcement office. Unused or expired prescription drugs in the home can be a public safety issue and lead to accidental overdose, poisoning and abuse.

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act of 2015 (Senate Bill 459, Chapter 26, Statutes of Nevada 2015 NRS 453C.120) created various provisions addressing the opiate overdose epidemic. The law prevents punitive actions against health professionals and any person who administers naloxone or calls 911 to assist someone who may be overdosing on opiates. It also provides immunity to persons seeking medical treatment for an opioid overdose for themselves or someone else. In addition, the law allows greater access to naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal drug. Naloxone is available at area pharmacies and can be obtained without a prescription. Contact Healthy Communities if your group would like a training regarding how to use and obtain Naloxone. Read more about the Good Samaritan law here:

Pregnancy and Substance Abuse Treatment Help: In Nevada, pregnant women receive priority admission at state-funded substance use treatment centers. Find help right now by calling 1-800-273-8255 or by going to

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency (SAPTA)
SAPTA provides regulatory oversight and funding for community-based public and nonprofit organizations. The Agency is also responsible for the development and implementation of a state plan for prevention and treatment; coordination of state and federal funding, and development of standards for the certification of prevention and treatment programs.

Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT)
CASAT is a part of the Division of Health Sciences at UNR. It strives to improve substance abuse prevention and treatment services by helping states, organizations, agencies, and individuals apply evidence-based practices in the field.

CASAT OnDemand ( offers a simple solution to behavioral health information needs. Website features include:

The Catalyst Blog including curated professional research in relevant topics
CASAT Conversations podcasts, a resource for exploring behavioral health topics while on the go
The Resources section with tools and resources
The Learning Labs section for diving deeper into select topics with links to relevant websites, tools, and materials
The Community section with a calendar for trainings and other events, a Job Board, and Northern Nevada Behavioral Health Coalition (NNBHC) monthly meeting notes and announcements

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)
CSAP works with States and communities to develop comprehensive prevention systems that create healthy communities in which people enjoy a quality life.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, works to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions in their effort to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities.

Nevada Alliance for Addictive Disorders, Advocacy, Prevention & Treatment Services is a statewide organization comprised of and representing non-profit human service organizations concerned with addictive disorders, prevention, intervention and treatment.

Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists (SALIS)
SALIS is an international association of individuals and organizations with special interests in the exchange and dissemination of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) information.

The Mission of Methpedia is to prevent the use of methamphetamine by providing citizens, law enforcement, public health, youth, media and community organizers a tool that allows them “one-stop” shopping for the most relevant and timely information available.


Drugwatch provides information on high-risk medical products and health issues, and helps people take legal action if they’ve been injured. Opioid lawsuits:

Substance Abuse Treatment (list of resources in Northern Nevada):

Positive Youth Development and Parenting Resources

Find Youth Info
This website offers Federally-developed interactive tools and other resources to help community organizations and partnerships in your efforts to support youth.

Carson City Health and Human Services’ offers Adolescent Health Education Programs (AHEP) classes monthly via Zoom to Lyon, Carson and Douglas Counties. The free, monthly educational programs include “Families Talking Together,” “Promoting Health Among Teens Abstinence Only (PHAT)”, and “Making Proud Choices Comprehensive Safer Sex Curriculum (MPC). Parents can call CCHHS to speak with Sarah Johnson at 283-7900 or Vicky Chandler at 283-7529. A Zoom password and link can then be sent for the classes.

Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Resource Center:

State Suicide Prevention Website:

Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention:

24/7 Crisis Support
Crisis Call Center’s 24-hour crisis line is here to provide a safe, non-judgmental source of support for individuals in any type of crisis. In addition to a 24-hour crisis hotline, Crisis Call Center also offers crisis intervention through text messaging.
Call 775-784-8090 or 800-273-8255
Text “ANSWER” to 839863

Crisis Text Line – text “help” to 741741 to speak with a trained crisis counselor

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Western Nevada: The mission of NAMI Western Nevada is to advocate for a life of quality and dignity by providing education, resources and emotional support to families and those affected by mental illness. NAMI strives to end discrimination and stigma for all affected by these illnesses through broader education and collaboration with the entire community. Details about support groups, programs, and classes here: NAMI Western Nevada

Additional Local Resources:

Carson Health and Human Services

Community Chest, Inc.

Community Health Alliance

Community Health Nursing

Community Roots

Lions Club

Lyon County Human Services

Lyon County School District

Lyon County Sherrif’s Department

Nevada Appeal

Nevada Partners

Northern Nevada Dental Society

Remote Area Medical (RAM)


Silver Springs-Stagecoach Hospital District

Turning Point, Inc.

Legal Assistance for Survivors of Institutional Sexual Abuse

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