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Families in Recovery (FIR)

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $249,125)

The FY 2007 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 (with a priority on methamphetamine), 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 Northern Arapaho Tribe is engaged in several initiatives designed to address the crime and human suffering caused by meth and other substance abuse. Initiatives currently being pursued include a tribal grant request to participate in the Wyoming State SFP/SIG prevention planning process; a Traditional Medicine proposal in the Wyoming Division of Substance Abuse General Appropriations Bill being considered by the Wyoming Legislature; and a continuing series of Meth Health Summit meetings between tribal, state, and federal departments to create a comprehensive initiative to address meth and substance abuse. The objectives are to: integrate federal, state, tribal and local services and culturally appropriate treatment for offenders and their families; implement a community-based prevention campaign to inform adults and children of the dangers of meth use and production; and increase coordination among all levels of tribal government, law enforcement, the tribal criminal justice system, and tribal services through an advisory team to plan, implement, and monitor proposed strategies.

Date Created: September 9, 2007