Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $482,743)
The Pueblo of Sandia is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located north of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is one if the 19 American Indian Pueblos in New Mexico. With this funding, it would help our tribal justice system develop, support, and enhance adult tribal justice systems, and it will also assist in the prevention of crimes related opioid, alcohol, and other substance abuse. Sandia Pueblo would enhance its Behavioral Health Program by working closely with tribal court and healing to wellness courts by giving them resources that are evidence-based, trauma-informed intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), behavioral activation, aftercare planning, and peer mentorship through the Behavioral Health Department, as well as parenting classes and Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous support groups. This programming will allow us to serve all 427 tribal members of the Pueblo of Sandia community. The purpose of this project is to create a culture of sobriety and to stop the epidemic of criminal recidivism. In New Mexico, the recidivism level is 49.1 percent in 2023, and this collaboration with tribal justice system and behavioral health will help lower that rate by comprehensively treating underlying substance use disorders in a culturally competent manner that allows community members to remain in their community with which they are fundamentally interdependent.