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Last Updated: 01/21/15 08:51:35 AM

Preparedness, Assurance, Inspection, and Statistics (PAIS)
(Formerly Bureau of Health Statistics, Planning, and Response (HSPR))

 Chad Westom, Bureau Chief

4150 Technology Way, Suite 200

Carson City, NV 89706

(775) 684-4155

PAIS  Office Manager
(775) 684-5948

Contact Information

Certificate of Need:

(775) 684-4041

Emergency Medical Systems (EMS)

(775) 687-7590 or (775) 687-7597 or (775) 687-7592

Primary Care Office

(775) 684-4041 or (775) 685-4047

HMO Certificate of Authority

(775) 684-4041

Medical Marijuana Program

Cardholders/ Caregivers program (775) 687-7594
Medical Marijuana Establishment (775) 684-3487

Office of Vital Records

(775) 684-4242

Public Health Preparedness

(775) 684-5948 or (775) 684-4029

Radiation Control Program (775) 687-7550 or (702) 486-5280
Trauma Registry (775) 684-5986

Bureau Overview

The Bureau of Preparedness, Assurance, Inspections and Statistics (PAIS) includes six cooperative health programs that work together to deliver a wide variety of services to Nevadans. The programs that make up PAIS are the Public Health Preparedness (PHP) Program which prepares for and responds to public health emergencies; the Emergency Medical Systems Program which supports efficient and appropriate emergency medical and trauma care for Nevadans; the Primary Care Office which examines Nevada’s availability, cost, and quality of healthcare; the Radiation Control Program which evaluates, investigates and responds to hazards associated with the use of sources of ionizing radiation; the Office of Vital Records which maintains all birth and death certificates, their legal corrections, and also compiles data on mortality and birth rates; and the Medical Marijuana Program which registers medical marijuana patients, and performs inspections and investigations of medical marijuana establishments.

Emergency Medical Systems (EMS)  (Click Here) 

The mission of the Emergency Medical Systems Program is to promote and support a system that provides prompt, efficient and appropriate emergency medical care, ambulance transportation and trauma care to the people of Nevada.

Primary Care Office  (Click Here)

The Primary Care Office is the statewide liaison for the following programs funded by the federal Health Resources Services Administration: Health Professional Shortage or Medically Underserved Area designations to leverage federal resources that improve access to health care; National Health Service Corps loan repayment and scholarship awards for clinicians willing to serve in designated areas; and Nevada Conrad 30/J-1 Physician Visa Waiver for international medical graduates who are willing to serve in designated areas. Related programs are supported with application fees, including Certificate of Need for construction or expansion of medical facilities in rural areas.

Medical Marijuana Program  (Click Here

The mission of this program is: 1. to assist Nevadans diagnosed with a chronic or debilitating medical condition as defined in NRS 453A.050, and seeking a registry identification card for the medical use of marijuana; 2. to regulate and oversee the licensing and operation of medical marijuana establishments in the State of Nevada.

Nevada Trauma Registry  (Click Here)

The Nevada State Trauma Registry was established in 1987 to collect data on persons who sustain an acute injury which has the potential of being fatal or producing a major disability.  The data are collected from all hospitals that are licensed to operate in the State of Nevada.  The data are analyzed and used to: measure the public health impact of traumatic injury, including facts related to injury events, severity of injury, and financial burden to the local and state healthcare delivery systems; monitor access to emergency care of patients within the “trauma system” for improved outcomes and use of resources; and identify prevention needs by age group, mechanism of injury, gender, and race/ethnicity. 

The primary users of the State Trauma Registry include participating hospitals, injury prevention groups, researchers, physicians, and program planners.  The Registry is linked with other databases through the Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology and also the CODES (Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System) Project with the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Trauma Institute.

 Office of Vital Statistics (Click Here)

As the official custodian of the original documents, the Office of Vital Records maintains all birth and death certificates and provides for compilation of mortality and natality rates, trends of disease occurrence, and leading indicators of adverse pregnancy outcomes for Nevada and its 17 counties.  The Office also responds to requests for statistical data from various governmental and private agencies.  Detailed statistics are provided on an annual basis and as requested through the Bureau’s Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology.

Public Health Preparedness (PHP) (Click Here)

Public Health Preparedness (PHP) at the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Bureau of Preparedness, Assurance, Inspections and Statistics (PAIS), has a unique role in public health emergency preparedness and response.   This website is a one-stop preparedness resource center, with consistent, up-to-date information and tips to assist Nevadans prepare for a public health emergency.   

Radiation Control Program (Click Here)

The Division is required to develop and conduct programs for the evaluation of and response to hazards associated with the use of sources of ionizing radiation. The Radiation Control Program, provides the operational activities on behalf of the Division to fulfill this mandate.


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