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Camalot Todd

Camalot Todd

An award-winning, investigative and enterprise reporter, Camalot Todd has over seven years experience in print, digital, radio and TV journalism. She covered mental and behavioral health in New York for Spectrum News 1 Buffalo through the national service program, Report For America, where she won the Mental Health Advocates of WNY Advocacy Award in 2020 for her coverage on mental health stigma. She also served as an inaugural member of the Report For America Corps Advisory Board Member, 2021-2022. Previously, she reported on community issues in Las Vegas, including a long-term project on underage sex trafficking, for the Las Vegas Sun and its sister publication, Las Vegas Weekly. For the Sun, she wrote a pathbreaking investigative piece called, “Children on the Cusp: The transition from foster care to adulthood is leaving some behind.” The piece won the Nevada Press Association best investigative story of the year and named Camalot the Best Community Reporter of 2017. She also worked as a reporter for KUNV radio and is a graduate of University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Camalot was selected for National Press Foundation Opioid and Addiction Fellow 2021 and led the Syracuse Press Club's Journalism Lab as an educator from 2021-2022.

Most Nevadans struggled to afford health care in past year, survey says

By: - September 23, 2022

Two-thirds of Nevadans said they experienced at least one health care affordability burden in the past year, according to responses to a recent survey by Altarum, a non-profit research and consulting organization that focuses on health care. “This survey further supports that health care has become unacceptably too expensive for some Nevadans,” said Nevada Patient […]

Nevada joins Oregon, Washington in prescription drug discount program

By: - September 23, 2022

Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak Thursday announced the launch of ArrayRx, a prescription drug discount card, which he said will help Nevadans save up to 80% on generic prescription drugs and 20% on name brand prescription drugs regardless of income, age, or citizenship.  Nevada joins Oregon and Washington in ArrayRx Solutions, formerly known as Northwest Prescription […]

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Senators want stricter rules to protect privacy of patients seeking abortion services

By: - September 20, 2022

The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling overturning the nearly 50-year precedent of Roe v. Wade and South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s introduction of a federal abortion ban bill  both ushered in new legal concerns about the long-sensitive subject of health data privacy.  While the federal government clarified that Health Insurance Portability and […]

Behavioral health providers confront disparities and the ‘misconception of what therapy is’

By: - September 16, 2022

“A lot of folks from various different backgrounds feel a lot of shame when it comes to seeking help, when it comes to admitting that ‘I’m struggling right now,’” said Sheldon Jacobs, a family therapist in Southern Nevada. “And I think that there are a lot of cultural norms that make it more difficult for […]

Federal legislation would regulate anti-abortion centers

By: - September 13, 2022

The first crisis pregnancy center (CPC) opened its doors in 1967 in Hawaii, after the state legalized abortion. Now there are at least 2,550 operating in the U.S., including at least seven in Nevada.  The centers, which are usually operated by or affiliated with religious non-profits, have long avoided regulatory requirements that are standard for […]

Sisolak, Lee warn Nevada not isolated from assaults on abortion rights

By: - September 9, 2022

In post-Roe v. Wade America, states and the federal government are left to navigate the legal ramifications of the Supreme Court overturning a 50-year legal precedent. As reproductive health centers, medical professionals, and legislatures that support abortion rights cope with the uncertainty, Republicans and motivated anti-abortion rights activists are pushing for a national ban.  Nevada […]

Anti-abortion centers: Unregulated, misleading, and close as possible to abortion clinics

By: - September 2, 2022

Editor’s note: Destinee G., a source mentioned in this article, asked only her last initial be used out of concern for professional and personal retaliation for sharing her experience.  Destinee G.’s period was late in February 2021.  It wasn’t that abnormal. Until that year her menstrual cycle was irregular. But by the next month, she […]

Pills, powders laced with fentanyl cause increased deaths by overdose among Southern Nevada youth

By: - August 25, 2022

Overdose deaths from people under 25 years old doubled from 2019 to 2020 in Clark County. Those numbers continue to climb in 2021, according to preliminary data from Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD). The increase in deaths are associated with counterfeit pills like M30, a prescription opioid, or Adderall and powders like cocaine, but most […]

Butterflies are free – from protection in Nevada

By: - August 22, 2022

A bill draft authorizing the Nevada Department of Wildlife to protect monarch butterflies, bees and other terrestrial invertebrates advanced from the Nevada Legislative Joint Interim Standing Committee on Natural Resources, yesterday. While the Nevada Department of Agriculture has authority over insects that are considered pests, no agency has authority over non-pests like butterflies, bees, snails, […]

UNLV study traces links between unaffordable housing and child mistreatment 

By: - August 22, 2022

A single mother in Nevada makes ​​$10.50 per hour on minimum wage, or about $21,840.00 a year if she works full time.  And then there’s the rent.  The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Las Vegas is by one estimate $1,372, and for a two-bedroom, $1,622 – $16,464 or $19,464 annually. Even at hourly […]

Legislative panel preps mental health bills for 2023 session

By: - August 19, 2022

State lawmakers Thursday signed off on several behavioral and mental health initiatives they want to see prepped as legislation for next year’s legislative session. The bill draft requests (BDRs) include a proposal to require health care providers who are authorized to diagnose an opioid use disorder to offer information on evidence-based treatment options, and better […]

A month into 988, call volumes up, but state behavioral health infrastructure isn’t

By: - August 18, 2022

A month ago, on July 16, the nation and Nevada launched 988, the new three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, connecting people in emotional distress to 24-hour, 7-day-a-week free and confidential support.  It was step one in creating the nation’s first comprehensive crisis behavioral health care system based on having someone to call, […]