Knik Tribe proposes the Emergency COVID Response Project for the Emergency COVID Grant. The project will focus on caring for individuals presenting with mental health and/or substance use disorders in the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Borough of Alaska. The Mat-Su Borough is home to over 106,000 residents and covers over 25,000 square miles.
Knik Tribe is the only AN/AI tribe in the service area, where roughly 18% of the population is AN/AI.Due to the Mat-Su Borough's high population and massive size, the COVID-19 pandemic has been uniquely harsh to the Mat-Su Borough's residents. It is for this reason Knik Tribe proposes the Emergency COVID Response Project as a way to connect Mat-Su Borough residents with mental health and substance use disorder treatment services. In addition to this, Knik Tribe will bridge the gap for direct support services by linking residents to transportation, nutrition/food, childcare assistance, vocational, and education support services.