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$2.9M grant will help fight meth in Nevada

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Nevada is receiving $2.9 million in federal funding to fight methamphetamine and the affects the drug has on families and children.

The grant money comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration of Child and Family Services (DCFS).

"This grant will expand and enhance Nevada's efforts to provide greater support to children affected by methamphetamine use in their families," said Mike Willden, director of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.

Funds will be spread over five years with goals of enhancing existing service capacity in Clark County,

"Methamphetamine abuse in Nevada continues to be a huge problem that directly impacts abuse and neglect of children whose caregivers are addicted to the substance," said Amber Howell, administrator for the Division of Child and Family Services. "With these funds, Nevada will be better able to continue aggressive efforts to treat mothers who have substance abuse problems and enhance services to children and their families."

The federal dollars came as a result of the strategies developed in a collaborative effort with the state Health Division, Nevada Attorney General's Office, Court Improvement Project, Eighth Judicial District Court, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency, Clark County Department of Family Services and WestCare.

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