The Penobscot Nation Health Department proposes to submit an application for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Fiscal Year 2018 "Tribal Opioid Response" grant. If awarded, SAMHSA will approve up to $93,887 per year for a maximum of two years to support the enhancement and expansion of services to support opioid
Under PNHD's plan, SAMHSA TOR grant funding will be used to support transportation services to treatment appointments and aftercare services that support recovery. The Penobscot Nation Police Department has offered a former service vehicle to support these services, and grant funds are sufficient to provide for a full-time driver and related vehicle transportation and
Aftercare services are a necessary part of treatment that lasts much longer than the initial rehabilitation phase. Aftercare services can create a coordinated network of support that can help those in recovery maintain and build on the progress that they've made. Transportation difficulties and the geographic distance between services currently create significant barriers to these resources. Overcoming these barriers can make a real difference in the
chances of success for those struggling with opioid dependence.