Health Plan of Nevada’s Donation to CIS of Nevada Expands Wraparound Student Support

Communities In Schools of Nevada (CIS), part of the nation’s leading evidence-based stay-in-school organization, has received a $225,000 donation from Health Plan of Nevada (HPN), a UnitedHealthcare company. The donation will be used to expand and sustain the nonprofit’s Integrated Student Supports, otherwise known as wraparound services in CIS’ new and existing schools in Clark and Washoe County School Districts. CIS is currently in 80 K-12 schools in Clark County, supporting over 75,000 students and in 13 K-12 schools in Washoe County, supporting 9,000 students.

“We are grateful for the generous donation from Health Plan of Nevada and are so excited for the beginning of a wonderful collaboration with the healthcare company,” said Tami Hance-Lehr, CEO and state director, Communities In Schools of Nevada. “Donations of this magnitude are critical to our organization and enable us to expand, meeting the growing demand for our services across Nevada. Investments in CIS help students realize their true potential in school and life beyond graduation.”

“We are honored to support Communities In Schools of Nevada to provide our youth with in-school access to critical mental health and care coordination resources,” said Kelly Simonson, President, Health Plan of Nevada Medicaid. “Every child deserves a support system to empower them to reach their full potential.”

CIS’ Integrated Student Supports is the nonprofit’s school-based holistic approach to promoting academic success and the model on which CIS was built and founded more than 40 years ago. The model is also the only evidence-based intervention for wraparound services currently approved by the Nevada Department of Education.

About Communities In Schools of Nevada

CIS places full-time and professionally trained site coordinators in 108 K-12 Title I and high-needs schools across the state to support nearly 100,000 students who face barriers to their success—increasing the likelihood of students staying in school and graduating on time. The organization taps into a statewide network of more than 120 community nonprofits, partners and agencies, literally bringing the community into the school, to get students whatever they need to overcome the barriers they face that prevent them from achieving academically. Wraparound services may include eyeglasses, dental care, health care and professional counseling, food, school supplies, clothing and even housing. CIS identifies student needs and finds a way to address them, closing the gaps they experience in their everyday lives. CIS’ long-term vision is for every child enrolled in a Title I or high-needs school to have access to a CIS site coordinator and wraparound services. For CIS case-managed students who were eligible to graduate in the 2021-2022 school year, 94 percent received their diploma or GED. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.6 million physicians and care professionals, and 8,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people through owned and operated health care facilities in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at or follow UnitedHealthcare on LinkedIn.

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