The Minnesota Dakota consortium is composed of the four federally-recognized Dakota Nations in Minnesota: Lower Sioux Indian Community in the State of Minnesota, Prairie Island Indian Community, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, and Upper Sioux Community. The Consrtoium seeks SAMHSA Tribal Opioid Response funds to help reduce unmet opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of culutrally appropriate and evidence-based treatment and community recovery support services for Opioid Use Disorder within our Communities. Lower Sioux serves as the lead tribal applicant.
The goal of the Minnesota Dakota Consortium Kinship System Circle Model Pilot Project is to increase sobriety and wellness among OUD members by addressing the root causes of addiction through: increased support, increased family awareness, and increased engagement in cultural healing traditions. To achieve this goal, the Consortium tribes will pilot the Kinship System Circle Model (KSCM), an evidence-based model, to provide community recovery services that support healing along the continuum of care for tribal members affected by OUD, including: pre-treatment assessment; support during treatment; transition support back into the community after treatment; and after-care support. This will lead to healing in our Communities.
Each of the four Communities will serve a minimum of 10 OUD patients, impacting a combined total of 40 OUD individuals. In addition, family members of each OUD patient will be reached, averaging 2 per patient, for a combined total of 80 family members reached. Cumulatively the Minnesota Dakota Consortium project will provide a continuum of culturally relevant care for a total of 120 individuals over the two-year grant period. Intended outcomes include the following three objectives:
Outcome Objective 1: Increase the wellness of a minimum of 40 OUD members through the implementation of the Kinship System Circle Model at Lower Sioux Indian Community, Prairie Island Indian Community, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, and Upper Sioux Community, as measured by the MN Opioid STR-Dakota Consortium Use Comprehensive Assessment Tool and SAMHSA's Performance Accountability and Reporting System (SPARS), by 9/30/20.
Outcome Objective 2: Help increase the capacity of up to 80 OUD members' family members to support and promote healing in their families across the four Dakota Communities, as measured by the American Indian Traditional Family Roles Assessment Tool, by 9/30/20.
Outcome Objective 3: Further uproot the impact of historical trauma by reconnecting OUD members and their families to cultural supports as measured by the Native Culturally Meaningful Quality of Life Survey, by 9/30/20.
The Consortium brings many strengths and deep commitment to this pilot project. In 2017, we began collaborating to address opioid addiction and heal our Dakota Communities and to plan a joint 50-bed Healing Center facility, thanks in part to SAMHSA-STR funds. This proposed pilot project will leverage and extend our collaborative work and pilot a culturally specific continuum of care model for integration into our respective communities and planned Healing Center. Furthermore, our pilot results may be helpful to other tribal communities and we welcome the opportunity to share our findings.