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Turning the Tide: Tackling Alcohol and Substance Abuse Issues

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $250,000)

The FY 2006 Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program allows American Indian and Alaska Native communities to plan and implement activities that will reduce and control crime associated with the distribution and use of alcohol and controlled substances in tribal communities. Through this program, the recipient will develop new or enhance existing strategies that prevent, interdict, and treat alcohol and drug use by tribal members. Awards will used to develop a project activity team; identify, apprehend, and prosecute those who illegally transport, distribute, and use alcohol and controlled substances; prevent and reduce the number of alcohol and substance-abuse-related crimes, traffic fatalities, and injuries; develop and enhance collaborations with federal, state, tribal, and local criminal justice agencies; integrate tribal and non-tribal services for offenders and their families; and make available culturally appropriate treatment and other services.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will use the grant funds to hire and supervise a Program Director. The Program Director will create a Treatment Services Team to plan and implement additional substance abuse treatment services. The Treatment Services Team will have representatives from both tribal and non-tribal organizations. Their first goal is to reduce and prevent crime, specifically alcohol and drug abuse. Their objectives are to: (1) form a supervisory board; (2) conduct six community outreach meetings to increase knowledge regarding alcohol and substance abuse risks and protective behaviors; (3) recommend refinements to the Tribal Codes from input generated by the membership to the Tribal Council; and (4) develop and implement initiatives based on the first year's experience with the Codes and the community input. Their second goal is to increase treatment and aftercare options and availability. The objectives are to: (1) establish the Treatment Services Team to plan, implement, and monitor culturally appropriate treatment options to reduce alcohol and substance abuse; (2) increase coordination among all levels of governments, law enforcement, criminal justice, and support services, both tribal and non-tribal; and (3) plan and implement sustainability measures of culturally appropriate treatment options after the grant funding expires.


Date Created: September 10, 2006