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The One Sky National Resource Center, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in conjunction with the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention is the First National Resource Center of its kind dedicated to the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in Indian Country.

The Chief Gall Youth Regional Treatment Center provides drug and alcohol treatment for adolescents ages 12 to 17 years of age who are enrolled as a member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe in the Aberdeen Area. Chief Gall is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

The Mental Health/Social Services program of Fort Thompson will provide comprehensive and culturally appropriate mental health and social work services to eligible American Indian/ Alaskan Native clients.Fort Thompson Clinic Our mission is to help Native and Alaskan Native Americans maintain, regain or enhance their social and interpersonal functioning through psychotherapeutic interventions, preventive education and advocacy services.

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is a non-profit health organization owned and managed by Alaska Native tribal governments and their regional health organizations. The Consortium was created in 1997 to provide statewide Native health services. Through its six divisions, the Consortium works in cooperation with tribes, Native health organizations, and municipalities to achieve its goals.

Raven's Way Adolescent Residential Treatment Program. Raven’s Way serves Native and non-Native adolescents with primary diagnoses of substance abuse or dependence from the state of Alaska. A cohort model accepting ten students at a time, it incorporates traditional substance abuse treatment with experiential and wilderness based components. It includes a 14-20 day backpacking or kayaking expedition in Alaska rainforests on each course. Length of courses range from 37-45 days. Youth referred should be those who would benefit from a program that includes physical challenges, group cooperation, and team building. Since Raven’s Way is a voluntary program, participants must be willing to engage themselves in an intensive, substance-free treatment program.

Friendship House Association of American Indians, Inc. of San Francisco is a community-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides residential substance abuse treatment and outpatient services for Native Americans. Friendship House is unique in its track record of providing a holistic treatment, recovery, and prevention program culturally-relevant to American Indians in San Francisco since 1963. Friendship House operates two residential facilities, one in San Francisco with capacity of 80 beds for adults, and one in Oakland for substance abusing American Indian women with their children. Both residential treatment facilities are licensed and certified by the State of California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. In addition, Friendship House is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Unity Regional Youth Treatment Center -- Dedicated to breaking the cycle of addiction and restoring hope and wellness to Native American Youth. Our primary service area is the United South & Eastern Tribes (USET) adolescent’s as referred by those Tribal Substance Abuse Programs. We accept referrals from other Tribes on an “as available basis” with USET area receiving first priority.

The Navajo Area IHS Office, located in Window Rock, Arizona, administers numerous clinics, health centers, and hospitals, providing health care to 201,583 members of the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation is the largest Indian tribe in the United States and has the largest reservation, which encompasses more than 25,516 square miles in northern Arizona, western New Mexico, and southern Utah, with three satellite communities in central New Mexico. (The Navajo Area coordinates with both the Phoenix and Albuquerque IHS Area Offices for the delivery of health services to the Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni Reservations because these reservations are close to each other.)

Desert Visions Youth Wellness Center -- Our facility offers a 24-bed residential treatment center and is accredited by the Joint Commision on Accredidation of Health Organizations (JCAHO). We offer a biopsychosocial treatment approach for youth between the ages of 12 and 18. We primarily serve Tribes from the states of Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and parts of California. We are operated by the Indian Health Service (IHS), Department of Health and Human Services.

painted gourdsDesert Visions is located on the Gila River Indian Community, 40 miles south of Phoenix in Sacaton, AZ. Referrals are received from mental health professionals, tribal substance abuse programs, and detention centers. Eligibility is based on a primary diagnosis of substance abuse and dependency. Youth must be a member of a federally recognized tribe with PRIORITY given to tribes served by the Phoenix and Tucson areas, IHS.

NATIVE AMERICAN REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION OF THE NORTHWEST, INC -- Founded in 1970 as an outpatient substance abuse treatment center serving American Indian / Alaskan Native men, the Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, Inc. has since expanded to include: a residential substance abuse treatment center, an outpatient treatment center, women’s intensive treatment, a primary health care clinic, family services program, and a youth outpatient substance abuse treatment center.
The residential substance abuse treatment center serves men, women, and parent(s) with children up to age 5. The outpatient treatment center provides onsite childcare, family counseling, and parenting classes in addition to chemical dependency treatment.

The NARA Indian Health Clinic serves all family members, and provides specialized health promotion programs focusing on diabetes, breast and cervical cancer, heart disease among women and tobacco cessation counseling. The community resource program has special focus on the Elders in the community. NARA’s Family Wellness Program provides outpatient children’s mental health services, family counseling, parenting education and substance abuse treatment services to Native youth in the Portland-metropolitan area.

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center -- The mission of the American Indian and Alaska Native Programs (AIANP) is to promote the health and well-being of American Indians and Alaska Natives, of all ages, by pursuing research, training, continuing education, technical assistance, and information dissemination within a biopsychosocial framework that recognizes the unique cultural contexts of this special population. 

There is a lot of information on this website that cuts across a number of categories.

For example the journal, American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, is an excellent (and free) resource for mental health programs, scientists and evaluators, policymakers, and community members.

National Indian Youth Leadership Project (NIYLP) -- To engage Native youth in challenging activities and meaningful experiences in the community and the natural world preparing them for healthy lives as capable, contributing members of their family, community, tribe, and nation.

Na’Nizhoozhi Center Incorporated (NCI) -- NCI recognizes there is a clash between Western and American Indian world-views in delivering behavioral health services and makes a conscious effort to resolve the clashes/tensions for the benefit of our clients/relatives.  Because we are funded by state and federal dollars, we have accepted and adapted Western standards of delivering behavioral health care in a culturally, congruent manner.  A patient placement criterion is used according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) to place clients/relatives in the appropriate level of care.  However, NCI also has traditional practitioners to conduct sweat lodge ceremonies and other traditional interventions to facilitate the healing process from alcohol and drugs.

The Addiction Web Site of Terence T. Gorski -- Terence T. Gorski is an internationally recognized expert on substance abuse, mental health, violence, & crime. He is best known for his contributions to relapse prevention,    managing chemically dependent offenders, and developing community-based teams for managing the problems of alcohol, drugs, violence, and crime. He has extensive experience     working with employee assistance programs (EAP) and has special expertise in working with emergency professionals including fire, medical, and law enforcement.  He is a prolific author and has published numerous books and articles.

The Takini Network, Inc Board and staff have extensive experience in providing and evaluating substance abuse and mental health intervention and prevention services and programs in Indian communities. Our funding history includes: CSAP grants in family strengthening, conference grant on historical trauma and parenting curriculum development, a CMHS Community Action grant, the University of Denver, and grants from the Fund of the Four Directions, the Public Welfare Foundation, the Levinson Foundation, the Sister Fund, the Mott Foundation, and the Seventh Generation Fund.

We are an independent affiliate of University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work’s Center for Community Enrichment. The Takini Network can facilitate historical trauma intervention studies for multiple populations, extending the multicultural focus of our Models for Healing conference. We can also facilitate family strengthening studies. Our work can be expanded to address youth violence prevention, domestic violence, mental health promotion, resilience and recovery, suicide prevention, and clinical intervention focused around trauma. Further, we can also provide TA to projects/regions seeking to implement historical trauma interventions, as we are now doing for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. We can conduct regional historical trauma training across the country and convene meetings/conferences on historical trauma, and continue to advance historical trauma intervention as a best practice.

Pragmatic Assessment Tools From Evince Clinical Assessments

  • This site has both instruments and some research findings on assessment that would be helpful. The SUDDS-IV is uses by a number of programs in Indian Country and the PADDI for adolescents seems to be catching on as well. Site also has publications on the SUDDS-IV that show data on Native American/American Indian groups.

Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, M.D., a member of the Rosebud Sioux tribe, is an assistant professor in both the College of Public Health and the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Dr. Roubideaux completed her M.D. at Harvard Medical School in 1989 and received her M.P.H. at Harvard School of Public Health in 1997. After completing the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, she shifted her career in the direction of teaching, research, and service related to Indian health issues and Indian health program development. In 1998, Dr. Roubideaux completed a fellowship at the Native American Center of Excellence, at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

Originally from South Dakota, Dr. Roubideaux worked for three years in Arizona for the Indian Health Service as a clinical director and medical officer at the San Carlos Indian Hospital on the San Carlos Apache Indian reservation. She also worked for one year as a medical officer at the Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital on the Gila River Indian reservation. Dr. Roubideaux has dedicated her career to improving American Indian health care, focusing on diabetes as a pervasive chronic disease.

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