Akwesasne is situated in the rural North Country of New York State where economic conditions and employment opportunities have been declining over the last ten years. The tough economic conditions of the area have caused families to experience various conditions and stressors such as lack of finances, lack of adequate housing, domestic violence, addiction and gambling issues, trauma (including generational and historical), suicides, suicide attempts and separation of families which can leave children being raised by grandparents, foster parents and extended family members. The result is the passing on of a dysfunctional cycle. Our Community lives in an environment which is high in risk factors and low in protective factors. Community members voiced the need for programming in our community for our youth and adults who are seeking recovery, and for support for those who are currently in recovery.
The goal of the Saint Regis Mohawk Health Service's TOR grant, which will be a part of the Alcoholism Chemical Dependency Program, will be to provide culturally appropriate and quality programing across the continuum of care including Prevention, Treatment and Recovery, to support and enhance positive outcomes and long term recovery in safe trauma informed spaces.
Specifically by providing services for youth ages 15 to 20 (at the Ronthahiiohsthá:ke, youth Clubhouse) and adults ages 18 and up (at the Recovery Center), to address providing a safe and supportive place for people to go who are seeking sobriety, while at the same time providing activities that teach and promote cultural identity, cultural education/knowledge, cultural enhancement, and spirituality, along with providing life skills, parenting skills, education and vocational services, and access to any services needed to support and strengthen their efforts to obtain and maintain a healthy, sober lifestyle. To provide MAT treatment in the form of Vivitrol and Naloxone, along with training and education to family, first responders, community members and service providers. Another focus of the grant would be to educate our elders on prescription medication safety, storage and disposal to reduce youth access and provide appropriate best practices and latest research training for A/CDP staff.
We will conduct a needs assessment and evaluation forms to include feedback from youth, adults and their families on programming efforts. As well as involving the recovery community in the quarterly vision team meetings. We will strive to be trauma informed, culturally competent and use evidence based best practices, supports, and training when addressing the behavioral health needs of our youth, adults and families in our community. Our ultimate goals are to provide education and recovery supports, increase wellness, reduce overdose and save lives from substance abuse, specifically opioid abuse for Akwesashró:non (The People of Akwesasne).