UNLV PRACTICE, UNLV Health, NAMI Southern Nevada, and the State of Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health announce POWER (Performance Optimization for Wellness, Empowerment, and Resilience (POWER), a Program for Early Bipolar), a coordinated specialty care program for individuals with early bipolar. The strength-based interdisciplinary program provides support and encouragement to individuals with early bipolar and their family members to optimize functioning across relationships, health, education, employment and other important life domains.

Discovering our "SuperPOWERs"


NAMI Southern Nevada is a peer led mental health nonprofit that offers education classes, support groups, presentations and training to the community. Our Peer Support Specialist (PSS) will work with the individual one-on-one to help the peer rebuild a positive identity, connect them to supportive people and communities, instill hope, contribute to things that give meaning to a peer's life and empower the peer to take control of his or her life. The PSS will also meet with the clinical team to advocate on the peer's behalf and contribute to the peer's recovery plan.

Assertive Case Management

The social work team will provide comprehensive case management assessment and referral services. It will also provide intervention using the POWER model.

Family/School Partnership Team

Youth who are experiencing challenges in school or work may be a match for services with the Education Team. We will use a collaborative and strength-based approach to meet our client’s goals in school and at home. We will partner with parents/guardians, school staff members, and youth to develop culturally responsible intervention plans.

Family Education

Family Education will help clients and their families recognize signs and symptoms of bipolar and other related disorders so they can develop successful strategies for interacting with family members and ensuring consistency with recommended treatments.

Psychiatry and Medication Management

In Partnership with Mojave Counseling, prescription of medications for clients will be given that are effective for treatment of bipolar symptoms and monitoring any side effects.

Performance Optimization

A joint process between a therapist and client in which common goals of therapy are utilized to improve the quality of life amongst individuals with early symptoms of bipolar and related disorders.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Individuals eligible for the program include those who are ages 15-44, who have experienced symptoms that meet DSM-5 criteria for a bipolar or related disorder, including:
    • Bipolar I
    • Bipolar II
    • Cyclothymic
    • Other specified bipolar
  • Individuals must have less than 12 months of lifetime treatment with antipsychotic or mood stabilizing medications
  • Individuals must have an IQ of 80 or greater (as determined by POWER program evaluation)
  • Individuals must reside in Clark Behavioral Health Region in Southern Nevada


The following diagnoses are excluded:

  • Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Substance or medication-induced bipolar disorders
  • Bipolar disorders disorder due to another medical condition
  • Intellectual or developmental disability disorder due to another medical condition.
  • Clinically significant head trauma or other serious medical condition(s)


Self-referrals and referrals by community providers are welcome. When contacting the program, you will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Individual's name
  • Date of birth
  • Insurance (if applicable)
  • Address
  • Contact telephone number(s)
  • Parent/guardian information (as applicable)
  • Bipolar symptoms and treatment history (as applicable)

Contact Information

You can contact us by phone or email
Emily Burden, Clinical Director
phone: (702) 895-5555
fax: (702) 895-1530
801 S Rancho Dr. Suite D2 Las Vegas, NV 89106