Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. (CITC) is a tribal nonprofit social services organization serving the Municipality of Anchorage. Responding to SAMHSA’s Emergency COVID-19 opportunity, CITC proposes its “COVID Response” project, which will address the anticipated need for additional services in Anchorage resulting fromf the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In alignment with SAMHSA’s goals for the current opportunity, CITC will reduce the unmet need for substance abuse disorder (SUD), co-occurring disorder (COD), and serious mental illness (SMI) treatment services in Anchorage by enhancing its existing continuum of care. Specifically, CITC will conduct those activities listed below.
1) Provide comprehensive and evidence-based SUD, COD, and SMI treatment (including telehealth) services for individuals who are or will be adversely impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
2) Provide screenings and assessments for SUDs, CODs, and SMIs that are based on criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5) in order to inform appropriate treatment.
3) Provide a comprehensive continuum of culturally appropriate SUD and COD prevention and treatment services, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT), pre-treatment, recovery housing, and peer-based alumni continuing care.
4) Provide an extensive array of supportive services that will remove barriers to successful recovery. Examples of those supportive services include nutrition coaching, social linkages, workforce development, sober housing, childcare, transportation, civil legal assistance, and primary healthcare (including telehealth).
5) Continue to provide internal, 24-hour, and on-call SUD, COD, and SMI services and collaborate with regional emergency crisis teams.