Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $598,977)
The Tribe’s project will improve community awareness of drug use and help develop collaborative expanded prevention and intervention programs in treatment and counseling, transitional housing, and in community school prevention and education. The objectives include: 1) Creating a men’s transition house (manufactured home) program for house a state marijuana tax grant is buying including creating policies and procedures, providing household supplies and links to health care, employment training and education support services; 2) Hiring a School Resource Officer (SRO) and creating program at the local public school district our members attend; 3) Helping with start-up and operations of new MAT clinic in Portland by buying methadone dispensers and providing a Peer Support Specialist; and 4) Performing additional outreach and education in Grand Ronde based on expanding programs to address drug use and addiction and assisting with comprehensive program development. Products include hiring a School Resources Officer and a Peer Support Specialist, purchasing two methadone dispensers, providing 20% FTE project time for Men’s Support Counselor and Meth-Opioids (Outreach) Coordinator, creating MOU and policies for SRO with School District, providing the SRO, men’s transitional housing and MAT Peer Support services. Also includes purchase of Naloxone for first responders and performing tribal wide survey in year two including drug use and analyzing results. The Tribe’s six county service area includes the Reservation community of Grand Ronde which is on the Polk-Yamhill county line and adjacent to the City (& School District) of Willamina. It also includes Salem where the Tribe just opened an MAT clinic this winter and it includes Multnomah County which includes our in development Portland MAT clinic. Those Served The Tribe has 5,572 members. During 2019, Children Family Services had 399 abuse/neglect reports and 86 involved drugs and Behavioral Health had 299 clients. Tribal health records show 65 clients with opioids, meth or cocaine and 136 clients with other drug abuse disorders. The project will serve our community secondary school students where Tribal students are a third of students (highest minority county school). The manufactured home transition house will serve men in our members. In addition, members, natives, and others will be served by the MAT clinic in east Portland a site selected for lack of MAT services. Also Willamina and Grand Ronde are in a federal (low-income) opportunity zone.