The Meskwaki Opioid Prevention and Assistance project will be used to prevent and fight against opioid misuse by Native Americans located with the Meskwaki Health Clinic Service Area. This project hopes to serve over 800 individuals: Tribal Employees – 122; MSS Employees – 88; Elders – 40; Youth – 250; Community Members – 300, through the two years of the project. Annually the goal is to provide services to 400 individuals annually. Measures for this project include: the number of individuals served, the number of community events attended, the number of presentations made, the number of trainings attended, the number of prescribers attending MAT training, and the number of agreements entered into with treatment providers in the Midwest.
The mission of MADAC (Meskwaki Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center), “is to provide alcohol and drug treatment, screening, assessment, intervention and prevention services to tribal youth and adults”. In line with the mission of MADAC are the goals of this project:1) to develop MADAC’s capacity in opioids; 2) to develop and provide opioid misuse prevention, 3) to develop and provide opioid misuse treatment, 4) to develop and provide opioid misuse recovery support services, and 5) increase emergency response on the Meskwaki Settlement for opioid misuse.
The strategies of the project (objectives) will be: create a strategic plan focused on opioids within the first 60-days of the project start date; increase in MADAC staff capacity on opioids and associated services; hiring of a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, collect and analyze data related to opioids; conduct outreach and prevention activities for tribal operation staff, elders, youth, Meskwaki school staff, and the Meskwaki community; increase the capacity of prescribers; reduce the cost associated with opioid treatment; increase services offered by MADAC; ease the transitioning of Native Americans re-entering their community; and increase the capacity of Meskwaki emergency service personnel and Meskwaki community members on the use of naloxone.