Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. (CITC), a mature, tribally-operated social services agency with over 30 years’ experience providing recovery services, proposes the Ch’wala Youth Recovery program. Over five years, the program will provide outpatient / intensive outpatient treatment, recovery supports, family care coordination, and case management to 450 adolescents with substance use and co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders in Anchorage, Alaska.
There is a profound need for expanded access to community-based services for Anchorage’s adolescents who experience substance use and co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders (SUD/COD). In Year One, CITC proposes to serve an unduplicated 50 adolescents (ages 12-18) of all genders and ethnicities, living with families and/or caregivers in the city of Anchorage; and 100 annually each program year thereafter, for 450 minimum unduplicated participants over five years. The program’s two SUD Counselors, supported by a 0.75 FTE COD Clinician, will each provide outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment lasting an average of three months in duration to caseloads averaging 14 individuals. Participants will concurrently receive near-peer recovery support services, including assistance transitioning into appropriate recovery alumni networks and activities, through the Youth Service/ Recovery Support Coordinator. Their families and caregivers will receive ongoing service coordination and active engagement in treatment and recovery activities through the Family Coordinator.
Goal One: Expand the substance use and co-occurring mental health disorder (SUD/COD) treatment available to youth under 18 living with their families in Anchorage.
Objective 1.1: Provide outpatient or intensive outpatient treatment for substance use and/or co-occurring mental health disorders to 450 individuals under age 18 over five years.
Objective 1.2: Provide peer recovery support services to 450 individuals under age 18 experiencing substance use and/or co-occurring mental health disorders over five years.
Objective 1.3: Provide coordination to the caregivers of 450 program participants over 5 years.
Objective 1.4: Provide 56 wellness activities facilitating increased social connection in a context supportive of recovery goals for youth participants and program alumni, over five years.
Objective 1.5: Provide three outreach events to promote community and provider knowledge of the youth recovery services expansion in Anchorage within 30 months of funding.
Goal Two: Promote recovery and stability in housing through improvement in life domains associated with recovery for 450 individuals over five years. Objectives 2.1-2.8 include: Increase participant retention in recovery treatment services; Reduce substance use at 6-month follow-up; Increase participant employment; Decrease participant crime and criminal justice involvement; Decrease participant recidivism rate; Improve participant physical and mental health; Increase participant social connectedness; and Increase participant housing stability.