There is a compelling need for community and research entities in Southern Nevada to come together to map out regional and statewide priorities along with mechanisms for collaborating with other service sectors to create a master plan that bonds together federal, state, regional, and city agencies to address the large-scale challenges faced today — particularly in education, health, and social services.

The Lincy Institute is the central resource hub that connects best practices to coordinate, facilitate, and support regional, community partnerships focused on our human capital and to attract significantly increased federal support and other funding.

Advisory Boards

Social Service Collaborative

The Social Service Collaborative  involved key leaders from the university and the local community who represented the interests of vulnerable children, adults, and families. The collaborative served in an advisory capacity to The Lincy Institute by identifying and prioritizing the most pressing social issues impacting our community. The Social Service Collaborative devised strategies for engaging local nonprofits in an effort to enhance the existing work that they do on behalf of those community members who required social services. The Collaborative pinpointed and recommended a series of short-term, practical initiatives that were supported by The Lincy Institute with the goal of leveraging larger and more sustainable projects on behalf of the local community. The Social Service Collaborative ran from 2011 to 2017.

Community Capacity-Building Planning Awards

The Lincy Institute sought to identify and select planning projects that addressed pressing issues related to health, education, and social services. While these projects may have national and global relevance, they are specifically applicable to local issues and needs. Planning awards have been awarded to two organizations, United Way of Southern Nevada and Foundation for Recovery. The projects and the work conducted by the United Way of Southern Nevada and the Foundation for Recovery drive intellectual discoveries, and build the capacity of local non-profits and support community efforts in addressing local mental health and education challenges.

To view more on the project selection process, view the Call for Collaborations page.

Peer Certification Planning Project

Foundation for Recovery

The purpose of the Peer Certification Planning Project is to conduct the research and planning required to construct, adopt, and begin to implement a statewide policy for the training, certification and utilization of Peer Recovery Support Specialists in the areas of mental health and substance abuse. With the implementation of such a policy change, Nevada will advance its goal of having sustainable, peer-driven Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC) that increases recovery and whole health outcomes through statewide public-private partnerships. Partners in this planning process include both nonprofit community organizations and state agencies.

Community Impact Project (LVHCC)

United Way of Southern Nevada

Academic achievement in Nevada ranks among the lowest in the nation. The Community Impact Project seeks to develop collaborative action among schools, community organizations, and parents to study the barriers that prevent children from attaining the education they deserve. To identify these barriers and develop holistic interventions, the Community Impact Project will operate collaboratively with nine community organizations, the university, and school officials, to foster high quality community engagement in three urban public schools. The data obtained will be applied to the Downtown Archives demonstration project, which will be used as a test model to seek external funding.

Below is a brief abstract of the planning project and contact information:


Federal Awards


Southern Nevada Substance Use Disorders Training Project

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)
Principal Investigator: Ramona Denby
Award Amount: $941,282

Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals

U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Principal Investigator: Ramona Denby
Award Amount: $1.44 million

Improving Service Delivery to Youth in the Child Welfare System

U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children Youth and Families Children’s Bureau 
Principal Investigator: Ramona Denby
Award Amount: $2.5 million

State Awards

Mental and Behavioral Health Training Partnership
Community Mental Health Services Block Grant

Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health 
Principal Investigator: Ramona Denby
Award Amount: $180,954

Other Awards

Losing in Las Vegas: Inequality, Ideology, and School Reform in the Mississippi of the West

Principal Investigator: Sonya Horsford
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation
Award Amount: $37,500

Establishing Safety, Permanency, and Well-being for Children Residing in Relative Care: A Data Diffusion Plan

Principal Investigator: Ramona Denby
Sponsor: New York Community Trust - Lois and Samuel Silverman Fund 
Award Amount: $40,000

Improving Youth Child Welfare

Principal Investigator: Ramona Denby
Sponsor: Admin on Children & Families thru Clark County Dept of Family Services 
Award Amount: $428,755

Grant Advisory

Choice Neighborhood Grant

Awardee: Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority and City of North Las Vegas 
Sponsor: US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Award Amount: $485,000

Choice Neighborhood Grant

Awardee: City of Las Vegas
Sponsor: Department of Housing and Urban Development 
Award Amount: $1,802,909

Southern Nevada Strong

Awardee: 13 regional partners
Sponsor: US Department of Housing and Urban Development 
Award Amount: $3,500,000

University Engagement

The Lincy Institute Signature Awards

These awards are structured to ensure opportunities for collective analysis, which contribute to the goals of the Institute in ways that result in applied research, the generation of pertinent data outcomes, and the publication of scholarly work to enhance the reputation of the university and The Lincy Institute. Read more about the important work accomplished in 2011 and 2012-2013.

Lincy and Angel Professorships

Through the generosity of UNLV supporters in the Las Vegas business and philanthropic community, two types of professorships — Lincy Professorships and Angel Scholars — have been created to promote and support the excellent research and educational contributions of prominent UNLV faculty.