Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,000,000)
COSSAP Proposal Abstract
The purpose of this project is to increase the availability of care and reduce barriers to those suffering from addiction and mental health issues and to create protective factors for Lummi and Tribal Youth.
The primary activities of this program will be to use the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) in a way that helps those dealing with their substance use disorder and mental health issues to help them address their illnesses. Lummi will also enhance its relationship with the Lummi Nation Police Department (LNPD) and Lummi Court System in this process. Currently, the Lummi Nation provides Narcan and Kloxxado to various community and business programs and departments, including LNPD, for overdose reverses.
It also has Drug Court and Family Court programs that prioritize and expedite treatment and recovery services. Lummi Nation also uses a variety of Medication Assisted Treatment evidence-based practices at their Opiate Treatment Program providing mono-buprenorphine, buprenorphine/naloxone, naltrexone, and Sublocade.
It features various harm reduction activities including transitional housing, recovery support services, needle-exchange and motivational interviewing.
Lummi Nation will enhance these services and use the SIM and embed a Mental Health Counselor and Peer Counselor/Recovery Coach in Intercept 1 (Law Enforcement) to help those dealing with addiction or mental health issues.
It will also create an education and prevention program that focuses on connecting law enforcement with K-12 students. It will not only use evidence-based practices, but also culturally based practices to ensure that protective factors are created to help children and youth be able to withstand the pressures to use drugs.
Expected outcomes are increase referrals and enrollment to mental and substance use health services through our law enforcement agency and decrease need for incarceration. Also, increase educational and prevention services in schools to decrease alcohol and drug use in youth and school age children.