Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $900,000)
The Hoopa Valley Tribe s a federally recognized Tribe located in Humboldt County, California. The actual Hoopa Indian Reservation has a population of approximately 3,573 residents, with 77.8% being American Indian and/or Alaska Native. K’ima:w Medical Center (KMC) (Hoopa word for “good medicine”) is an entity of the Tribe and is charged with providing all of the medical, dental and behavioral health services for the Tribe and the community.
KMC is an ambulatory clinic which provides medical, dental, behavioral health services, Medication Assisted Treatment, sober living houses, domestic and sexual assault services, suicide prevention, and has a diabetes program. There is an in house laboratory and x-ray department and KMC also operates the only tribal owned ambulance in California.
With this funding, KMC will address the gaps in current services which include:
Hire a case manager for the sober living houses that will help provide full wrap around services to clients transitioning from in-patient rehab back to the community.
Hire a Outreach Prevention/Education Coordinator to work in the community and in the local schools, performing substance use prevention and education activities.
Items to facilitate outreach and educational handouts and materials for community events.
Assistance for clients to stay in sober living homes (transitional housing) out of the area for three months. An example would be assisting a client in staying out of area where they graduate from inpatient rehab, thus giving them a little more time and resources before returning to their home environment.
Assistance with cost of sober living homes (rent, utilities and Resident Advisor stipends as well as the tox screens).
KMC has worked hard to build sustainable programs to address the opioid abuse issue that this community if facing. Hoopa, is like so many rural, poverty stricken reservations where the substance use disorder has taken many lives and broken up many families. By building up the services, making them more accessible and working on prevention measures, we hope to break this cycle and build a healthy community.