Team Nevada Returns After Successful 2022 Special Olympics USA Games Appearance

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The six athletes from Team Nevada are back home after a successful showing at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, including winning two gold medals and a bronze medal. Held in Orlando over the past week, Team Nevada athletes competed in swimming, track & field and bowling.

Team Nevada results below:  

Jordan Lechtenberger, Las Vegas: Swimming – Gold medal, 200yd freestyle; 7th place, 100 yd freestyle,

Lakisha Taylor, Carson City: Track and Field – Gold medal, 100m run; 5th place shot put

Jacqueline Gilpin, South Lake Tahoe: Bowling – Bronze medal, bowling singles; 7th place bowling doubles

Devin Gaffney, Las Vegas: Swimming – 4th place, 50yd freestyle; 4th place 25yd backstroke

Eric Barber, Winnemucca: Track and Field – 5th place, long jump; 7th place, shot put; 7th place 100m run

Samantha Aslin, Mesquite: Bowling – 5th place, bowling singles; 7th place bowling doubles

“Our Team Nevada athletes showed determination, discipline, grace, and the spirit of friendly competition in each of their events,” said Terrence Thornton, executive director of Special Olympics Nevada. “I am so proud of how our athletes represented Nevada to the world and this unforgettable experience will stay with them and the SONV team for a lifetime.”

Before jetting off to Orlando for the competition, Caesar Entertainment treated Team Nevada to a gold-star send-off event. After an overnight at Caesars Palace, the group enjoyed breakfast at the world-famous Bacchanal Buffet, lunch at Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, a ride on the High Roller Wheel and zip lining at FlyLINQ at the LINQ Hotel & Experience. The day wrapped up with a special dinner and presentation at HELL’S KITCHEN at Caesars Palace where Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay surprised the athletes with a video congratulating them and wishing them luck at this year’s Games. Following dinner, the athletes were cheered on during a “walk of honor” by Caesars Entertainment Leadership and Team Members, Las Vegas Raiders punter, AJ Cole and Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver, Mack Hollins, Caesar and Cleopatra, Las Vegas Aces mascot, Buckets, Henderson Silver Knights mascot, Lucky and members of southern Nevada’s law enforcement agencies as they got into their limos for a police-escorted ride to Harry Reid International Airport.

The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, presented by Jersey Mike’s Subs, featured 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean to Florida for one of the country’s most cherished sporting events. The USA Games is hosted once every four years and, for the first time in its history, will have 19 Olympic-style team and individual sports and 30 events throughout the event. These USA Games also celebrated the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics Florida.

About Special Olympics Nevada

SONV is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through sports, education, leadership, and athlete health. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization offers free year-round training and competition programs for 2,694 athletes who compete in more than 14 competitions in 7 sports annually. Within the Community Sports Program and the Schools Partnership Program, SONV is encouraging the growth of Unified Sports®, bringing together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to play as teammates. In a typical year, SONV impacts more than 21,283 students by promoting inclusion on school campuses. SONV is also committed to improving the overall health and well-being of individuals with intellectual disabilities through Healthy Athletes events, offering screenings and services free of charge. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the organization was able to convert its programing to virtual platforms to keep people with intellectual disabilities healthy and safe. SONV relies on the support of 1,670 volunteers and funding from individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations. More information may be found by visiting and following on Facebook, Twitter (@SONevada), and Instagram (@specialolympicsnv).

Two Nurses Join Southwest Medical Team

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Southwest Medical has added two new health care providers to help meet the growing need for health services in the Las Vegas community:

Sandy Peng, APRN joins Southwest Medical’s Eastern Avenue location (4475 S. Eastern Ave.) and specializes in adult medicine.

Gregory Martin, NP, APRN joins Southwest Medical’s North Pecos location (56 N. Pecos, Henderson) and specializes in neighborhood care.

LVCVA Archive Collection Celebrates 75 Years of Documenting Las Vegas History

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The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Archive Collection, which has documented Las Vegas’ history and helped promote tourism to Southern Nevada since 1947, will mark its 75th anniversary of its Las Vegas News Bureau collection by curating and presenting some of the most iconic photos of the collection to the public for the first time.

The collection began as part of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce in 1947 with the goal of promoting Southern Nevada and its offerings. Over the years, the collection became a valuable resource for the news media, movies, documentaries, and researchers with many images in the collection garnering worldwide acclaim. With more than 7 million images, 11,000 pieces of film and video, and 1,300-linear-feet of manuscripts and artifacts, the archive is estimated to be the largest and most comprehensive post-World War II collection of Southern Nevada imagery in the world. The collection is curated by a full-time archivist, who manages it and ensures it is preserved for future generations.

“For decades the Las Vegas News Bureau has played an integral role in promoting tourism to Las Vegas, documenting and sharing worldwide the sights and sounds of our dynamic city,” said Steve Hill, president and CEO of the LVCVA. “We are thrilled to showcase the iconic images that have become synonymous with Las Vegas.”

To honor the milestone, a 75th Anniversary Website features some of the most famous photos of the collection throughout the celebration beginning with the release of the 75 most iconic images, based on how frequently the photos have been requested and published. The first photo captured in the collection is also featured. Taken in Downtown Las Vegas on May 15, 1947, the photo captures Helldorado Days, a celebrated Western-themed festival that dates back to the 1930s. Additional photo collections, including Celebrities, Entertainment, Downtown, Then & Now, Sports, Implosions and more, will be released online regularly throughout the celebration. Other anniversary programming will include resort partner integrations, a social media campaign and special events.

In 1947, members of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce determined they needed to promote and market Las Vegas to increase tourism and created a fund to accomplish that goal. Known as the Livewire Fund, contributions were made by hotels and motels throughout Southern Nevada to create the Las Vegas News Bureau, which was charged with marketing Las Vegas as “The Entertainment Capital of the World.” In 1992, the Las Vegas News Bureau Collection was transferred to the LVCVA, where the collection continues to grow and be shared in marketing and promotional efforts.

“If it were not for the Las Vegas New Bureau, essential elements of the visual history of Las Vegas starting in the late 1940s would not have been recorded and, just as important, preserved,” said Bob Stoldal, retired television news executive and Las Vegas historian. “From its group of talented film and still photographers, the archives of the News Bureau continue to provide a unique record of the development of Las Vegas, as well as Southern Nevada. History comes alive thanks to the Las Vegas News Bureau.”

For additional information on the 75th anniversary celebration, visit For additional information on the LVCVA, visit

John L. Smith Pens Essay for 75th Anniversary of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals

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Award-winning writer born at St. Rose de Lima Hospital tells the story of the ministry undertaken by seven brave women in 1947

“Only Hollywood’s dizziest dreamers could have conjured up the storyline of how seven Adrian Dominican Sisters dressed in angelic white traveled in the heat of the summer by a Union Pacific train from southern Michigan to notorious post-war Las Vegas; how they bought the struggling Basic Magnesium Hospital standing outside the gates of a fading magnesium plant for $1; and how they overcame withering financial challenges to carve out a legacy of compassion, care, and ethics. The faith-based mission of St. Rose has spread far and continues to reverberate after seventy-five years. In saving the hospital, the seven Adrian Dominican Sisters helped save a whole town. Sounds like the plot of a Frank Capra movie, doesn’t it? The best part is, it’s all true.”

As part of its ongoing 75th anniversary celebration, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals commissioned longtime Nevada author and columnist John L. Smith to focus his considerable writing talents on the incredible 75-year journey that began when seven brave women took over operation of Henderson’s only hospital in 1947 and through their ministry created what is now Nevada’s only faith-based, nonprofit hospital group.

A Henderson native whose family’s Nevada roots go back to 1881, Mr. Smith has a longtime connection to St. Rose de Lima Hospital. He and two of his sisters were born there.

In his article he writes:

“Rose de Lima Hospital holds a special place in many hearts, mine not least. You might say St. Rose, as it’s affectionately known, had me at hello. Like thousands of other Southern Nevadans, I was born at St. Rose back when Henderson was still a factory town and few imagined the place ‘born in America’s defense’ during World War II would one day become the state’s second largest city.”

Randy Boynton, Vice President of Marketing for Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, said, “We are very fortunate that a writer of John’s caliber and connection to both our hospital and community agreed to tell our story. The care we provide our patients every day stems from the tradition of compassionate care provided by the original seven Sisters. We are eager to share our rich history and hope many will enjoy the stories John has captured.”

Mr. Smith crafts a compelling read which explores the spirit, history, and compassion of the Sisters’ ministry in the unique voice southern Nevada readers have come to expect and appreciate from one of Henderson’s most talented storytellers.

The complete essay can be viewed on the St. Rose Dominican 75th Anniversary website – St.

About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican

As the community’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters since 1947. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the multi-state Dignity Health network of 10,000 physicians, more than 60,000 employees, 41 acute care hospitals and 400-plus care-centers including neighborhood hospitals, urgent care, surgery and imaging centers, and primary care clinics.

VHS Graduate Medical Education Celebrates First Graduating Class of 10 Family Medicine Residents

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Majority Plan to Practice Medicine in Southern Nevada

The first ten primary care physicians to graduate from The Valley Health System’s Family Medicine residency program are ready to enter the medical workforce, having honed their skills in outpatient physician clinics, telehealth visits and hospital clinical rotations, diagnosing and treating patients with acute and chronic medical conditions amidst the fast-moving COVID-19 pandemic.

All ten earned their family medicine board certification prior to graduation.  Five physicians will join local practices; one was accepted into a one-year sports medicine fellowship in California with plans to return to Southern Nevada; and four are relocating out of state. A graduation luncheon and ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

“We’re very proud of the accomplishments of our residents, staff and leadership, and we’re excited the majority of the graduating class has chosen to continue their medical career by serving our Southern Nevada community,” said Andrew Eisen, MD, FAAP​, Chief Academic Officer and GME Designated Institutional Official of The Valley Health System GME Consortium. “Primary care is the foundation of providing medical care for our community, and these are the individuals who will help keep our family, friends and neighbors healthy for years to come.”

“Our first graduating class has achieved several incredible accomplishments over the past three years,” said Christine Quartuccio-Carran, Program Director for the Family Medicine residency program. “This class faced the unprecedented challenge of living, working and training in a pandemic. While adapting to a rapidly changing healthcare landscape, our residents spearheaded the adoption of telemedicine in our clinics, staffed testing sites and vaccination clinics, and cared for our most vulnerable and sick patients across multiple inpatient and outpatient settings.  They served in areas of greatest need and experienced firsthand the importance of coordinated, accessible and compassionate care.

“They also helped to shape the culture of our program, one rooted in scholarship and service, all while keeping the patient at the center of everything we do,” said Quartuccio-Carran. “It is with great honor that we help launch these individuals with the foundational tenets of providing comprehensive, high quality, coordinated primary care for our patients, our community and beyond.”

“As a native of Las Vegas, the opportunity to help shape this program for future classes has been an invaluable experience,” said Adam Trujillo, MD, and Co-Chief Resident of the Family Medicine program. “Residency is challenging in the best of times, but this particular class has shown the ability to adapt and innovate in a time where the field of medicine was pushed into chaos. I have no doubt that it has prepared us to become a generation of strong, resilient Family Medicine practitioners. I look forward to helping this residency program serve the Las Vegas community for years to come.”

“We’ve learned invaluable lessons over the years and will take them with us as we transition into new horizons,” added Stephanie Cao, MD, Co-Chief Resident.

“Graduating ten board-certified family medicine physicians is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication from not only these young physicians but from many individuals, groups and organizations in our community who recognized the need for more high-quality primary care in Nevada,” said Tom Hunt, MD, who served as Family Medicine Program Director overseeing all facets of the program before his retirement in May.

“They are pioneers and leaders in their own right,” agreed Neil Gokal, MD, FAAFP the Associate Program Director for the Valley Health System Family Medicine residency program and the medical director of clinical education for Southwest Medical. “I am so proud of them and have utmost respect knowing that they will indeed become pillars of their communities. It has been such a privilege to be a part of their training from the very beginning and has instilled my faith in the future of our health care system.”

About the VHS GME Family Medicine Program
The Family Medicine is a three-year program with 10 residents accepted annually. The first class began their residency on July 1, 2019, splitting their time between hospital rotations and time spent in primary care clinics caring for patients of all ages.

Additional VHS graduate medical education programs include Emergency Medicine and  General Surgery residencies. To learn more about the program, visit

About The Valley Health System
The Valley Health System is comprised of acute care and specialty hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, outpatient services and physician practices, caring for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding communities. The Valley Health System offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency care, surgical services, advanced cardiovascular and advanced neurological care, women’s health, maternity and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, orthopedics, pediatrics, weight loss surgery, acute rehabilitation, psychiatric services, wound care, and outpatient therapy.

COVID-19 Self-Test Kit Vending Machines Installed at Two Locations

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Southern Nevadans now have expanded access to COVID-19 testing with the opening of self-test vending machines at two locations.. The Southern Nevada Health District and its partners installed two vending machines that dispense at-home self-test kits at the Regional Transportation Commission’s (RTC) Bonneville Transit Center (lobby), 101 E. Bonneville Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101, and the Mesa View Regional Hospital (emergency department lobby), 1299 Bertha Howe Ave., Mesquite, NV 89027. Residents have already started to access test kits at both locations. A new location for a third vending machine will be available soon.

The project was funded with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national initiative to address COVID-19 health disparities among populations that are at high risk for infection and who are underserved, including minority and rural communities.

The at-home antigen test kits are free. People who are interested in accessing the tests from the vending machines can register here A PIN will be issued once registration is completed. It is recommended that a telephone number be included, but it is not required. The phone number will become the PIN if it is provided. The PIN will allow people to access any of the three vending machines and receive five tests per month.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have always looked for ways to make testing as accessible as possible to everyone, including people in more rural parts of Clark County,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “Testing is still a key tool we have as the pandemic continues and provides people with information they need to protect themselves and their families. We are thankful that our partners are willing to work with us on outreach projects.”

“As the public transportation provider for our community, the RTC is continually working towards new ways to provide access to vital COVID-19 resources,” said M.J. Maynard, RTC CEO. “We are proud to be a long-time partner of the Southern Nevada Health District and appreciate their efforts in helping to keep transit riders, and all Southern Nevadans, safe as we continue to mitigate the spread of the virus.”

We are pleased to work with the Southern Nevada Health District in making these test kits more conveniently accessible to individuals and families in the communities we serve. Being able to get these self-tests in a timely fashion can provide a significant improvement in managing the spread of this virus,” said Kelly Adams, CEO of Mesa View Regional Hospital.

COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community. People should get tested if they have symptoms or if they are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, if they are planning on attending a large event or traveling.

Test results for at-home tests are available after 15 minutes. If a positive test result is received, a person should self-isolate for at least five days after the test date. If there are no symptoms of illness, a person can leave isolation after five days but must wear a mask around other people for five more days. If a fever develops, isolation must continue until the fever goes away. The Health District recommends following up with a health care provider if there are questions.

The COVID-19 virus is evolving, and the recommendations and public health guidance designed to keep the public safe, protected, and informed will continue to evolve with it. The Health District’s COVID-19 website includes up to date information and resources for the community as well as links to COVID-19 testing and vaccine clinic locations. The website is available at

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Heat Safety Tips from The Valley Health System

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The health professionals of The Valley Health System urge all Southern Nevada residents to protect their health during the summer months, and to take immediate steps when heat illness occurs.

  1. Never leave kids, pets or disabled adults in the car, even with the engine running. When the engine isn’t running, a car can heat up by 20 degrees in 10 minutes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Check other tips at:
  2. Stay inside during the hottest parts of the day; run your errands in the early morning or later evening.
  3. If you are outside, wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing, a hat and sunscreen. Protect your feet by using sunscreen and wearing water shoes or flip flops.
  4. Cool your car as much as possible. Crack the windows for ventilation. Cover your steering wheel and car seats so they are cooler to touch. Protect your hands when touching door handles or opening/closing the trunks.
  5. Some medications may cause you to be more susceptible to the heat. Listen to your body and don’t push yourself.
  6. The very young and the elderly are more susceptible to heat; keep a close watch on younger children and create a communication plan with older relatives and friends so they know how to reach you in case of emergencies.
  7. Protect your skin. Wear hats or use umbrellas to fend off the harsh sun rays. Replenish sunscreen to avoid sunburns. Be sure to apply sunscreen to scalps, tips of ears, tops of feet and whatever your clothes or bathing suit doesn’t cover. Don’t forget the back of your neck, arms and legs.
  8. Schedule hydration breaks throughout the day. When playing outdoors, it’s important to take water breaks every 20 to 30 minutes. Because our perspiration evaporates so quickly in Southern Nevada, we may not be aware of our water loss, so set the alarm on your phone to remind you to take a drink. Always bring extra water when running errands.
  9. Think before you drink. Water is the best source to rehydrate your body and, if you are actively exercising, sports beverages can help replace the salt and minerals lost during exercise. Alcohol and soda can dehydrate the body, so sip those in moderation during the summer months.  Take advantage of water-based foods such as watermelon, cucumbers, zucchini and tomatoes to keep hydrated.
  10. Beat the heat and stay cooler by seeking shade, wearing a hat or carrying an umbrella, placing a cold towel around your neck and behind your knees, running your wrists under cold water, sitting in front of a fan, jumping in a swimming pool or taking a cool bath or shower.
  11. Know the signs and symptoms of heat illness:
    1. Heat exhaustion:
      1. muscle cramping
      2. heavy sweating
      3. weakness
      4. cold, pale and clammy skin
      5. a fast but weak pulse
      6. nausea or vomiting.

What to do: immediately take steps to cool down the body and if they don’t feel better, seek immediate medical attention.

    1. Heat stroke
      1. a body temperature above 103 degrees
      2. hot, red, dry or moist skin
      3. a rapid and strong pulse
      4. possible unconsciousness.

What to do: Immediate medical attention required. Call 911. Take steps to cool the body but do not give the person fluids.

About The Valley Health System
The Valley Health System is comprised of acute care and specialty hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, outpatient services and physician practices, caring for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding communities. The Valley Health System offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency care, surgical services, advanced cardiovascular and advanced neurological care, women’s health, maternity and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, orthopedics, pediatrics, weight loss surgery, acute rehabilitation, psychiatric services, wound care, and outpatient therapy.

Updated information about The Valley Health System can be found on:
Facebook: TheValleyHealthSystemLV

Southern Nevada Health District Commemorates 60th Anniversary

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Today, the Southern Nevada Health District commemorated its 60th anniversary with a State of the Health District address highlighting its accomplishments and challenges of the past few years.

Following statutory authorization by the Nevada State Legislature in 1959, the agency began operations as the Clark County Health District in a temporary structure built as an Army Medical Station during World War II on June 5, 1962. The Health District employed 30 staff members, including four “sanitarians” responsible for inspecting some 800 eating and drinking establishments. Today, approximately 800 employees provide a variety of programs and services designed to protect and promote the health of Clark County residents and visitors, including inspecting more than 17,000 permitted food establishments each year.

“During these past few years, we have expended a large number of public health resources on the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the amount of time and effort our staff has devoted to our community’s pandemic response efforts, they have still been actively providing much needed public health programs and services to our community, and I am pleased we are able to recognize their accomplishments today,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District.

Dr. Leguen was joined today by Councilman Scott Black, who also serves as Chair of the Southern Nevada District Board of Health, and staff members who presented updates about the Health District’s recent activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Leguen provided the State of the Health District, outlining the public health agency’s recent accomplishments and his vision for the future of public health and the agency. The presentation will be available on the Health District’s YouTube channel at

In recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Health District, a timeline, commemorative e-book and more are available on the Health District’s website at


There Is No Hero In Heroin Foundation’s ‘Rock for Recovery’ Benefit Concert June 24

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Event will feature live performances from Empire Records, DJ Michael Toast and Long Beach Leftovers

There Is No Hero In Heroin Foundation, committed to ending the devastation of substance use disorder on families, is proud to host “Rock for Recovery” at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2022, at Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq Promenade, 3545 S Las Vegas Blvd.  The benefit concert will feature live performances from Empire Records, DJ Michael Toast, and Long Beach Leftovers.

Empire Records will bring the 90s music everyone wants directly to the Brooklyn Bowl. Bands like Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Destiny’s Child, and Green Day will all be on the eclectic soundtrack guaranteed to get the “party people moving.” Performing alongside Empire Records, DJ Michael Toast and Long Beach Leftovers will be there supporting the “Rock for Recovery” event.

“Rock for Recovery” is an all-ages event and general admission tickets are $15 per person. Residents of Clark County will receive free parking at any of Caesars Entertainment’s self-parking locations. 100 percent of proceeds raised from ticket sales will support life scholarships for seniors graduating from Mission High School, the first publicly funded recovery high school in the nation located in Downtown Las Vegas.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Rock for Recovery | Brooklyn Bowl.

About There is No Hero In Heroin Foundation, Inc.

There Is No Hero In Heroin Foundation, Inc (TINHIH) has been in existence in Las Vegas since June of 2013. In the last five years, TINHIH has become a leader in the recovery community and a vocal advocate for sustainable recovery programs at the local, state, and federal levels. TINHIH’s banner achievement is the creation of CCSD’s Mission High School in downtown Las Vegas which opened in 2017. The recovery-focused school is unique to Las Vegas because of its purpose and is the first entirely public-funded school of its kind.

TINHIH Foundation is a certified 501© three non-profit organization. Fundings are received through individual donations, corporate donations, and local and state government gifts/grants. All funds raised remain in Southern Nevada to support the TINHIH Foundation programs including TINHIH Housing Scholarships-“Lack of a stable, alcohol, and drug-free living environment can be a serious obstacle to sustained abstinence. Destructive living environments can derail recovery for even highly motivated individuals. Sober living houses (SLHs) are alcohol and drug-free living environments for individuals attempting to abstain from alcohol and drugs. They are not licensed or funded by state or local governments, and the residents themselves pay for costs. The philosophy of recovery emphasizes 12-step group attendance and peer support.” TINHIH provides vouchers for local sober homes in S.NV. For more information on TINHIH please visit