Treating Opioid Use Disorder in the Hoopa Community
Kimaw Medical Center, and entity of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, is responsible for the health care needs of Hoopa and surrounding communities. Located in far northern CA, in Humboldt County, Hoopa is home to 3,084 residents, 85% of whom are Native American. The opioid crisis has taken a toll on the community and the tribal leadership and KMC have worked diligently to develop programs for prevention, treatment and aftercare of opioid use disorder (OUD).
Currently KMC offers MAT treatment, outpatient OUD treatment services and operates sober living houses for men and women. Behavioral Health caase managers refers patients to inpatient detox and inpatient rehab facilities, both of which are out of the immediate area. By contracting beds, the process of patients entering detox/rehab facilities have been streamlined and patients are able to access services in an expedited manner.
The evidence based practices utilits by KMC are MAT and 12 step programs, both ot which are shown to work well in the rural native community. Other practice modalities utilized by KMC staff to increase rates of recovery include connecting patients to cultural activities such as sweats, gathering, traditional arts and cultural activities.
The goal of this project is to continue to work toward creating a health community, free of opioide use disorder while ensuring that all community members struggling with OUD have access to treatment options, specific to their needs and are supported on their road to recovery.