The Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) is a federally recognized Native Nation, listed in the January 30, 2018 Federal Register Notice as recognized and eligible to receive services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior. The lead applicant for this funding will be the Division of Behavioral Health and Child & Family Services, Seneca Nation Health System.
The Seneca Nation Health System (SNHS), Division of Behavioral Health and Child & Family Services, has been implementing a number of initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic on our territories.
The goal of the Tribal Opioid Response funding will be to provide the SNHS’s Division of Behavioral Health and Child & Family Services with the capacity to enhance their current service delivery system to provide immediate access to the current array of evidence-based, client-centered, and culturally appropriate recovery treatment programs and services.
Objective 1: Increase Access and Availability of Physician Services – By January 30th, 2019 the Seneca Nation Health System will increase access to physicians that provide Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) from 10 to 20 hours a month.
Objective 2: Increase Capacity and Professionalism of Peer Supports Advocates – By March 15, 2019 Seven Peer Advocates will have successfully completed The Center for Addiction Recovery Training Curriculum in addition to completing 500 hours of volunteer or paid work experience specific to peer recovery services. By March 15, 2020 six additional Peer Support Advocates will have successfully completed The Center for Addiction Recovery Training Curriculum in addition to completing 500 hours of volunteer or paid work experience specific to peer recovery services.
Objective 3: Enhance Recovery Services, Treatment and Activities to be Culturally Responsive – By February 15, 2020 the Seneca Nation Health System will hire a full-time Language and Culture Recovery Specialist who will work with all peer/family support staff and clinical staff to ensure culturally responsive treatment and support.
Objective 4: Enhance Peer Recovery Supports to Include Family Peer Support Advocate Services – By January 20th, 2019 the Seneca Nation Health System will hire a Family Support Advocate to provide ongoing support to families affected by the opioid crisis, so that family members can learn from and support one another. The Family Peer Support Advocate will receive extensive training and complete a certification process.
Objective 5: Increase and Enhance Access to Support Services and Community Education – By April 15th, 2020 the Seneca Nation Health System will have created and/or implemented a social media education campaign for prevention and support of opioid addiction and will also have incorporated a source for online support/hotline for community members.