The Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) is a federally recognized Native Nation, listed in the January 30, 2020 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 of the Seneca Nation Health System (SNHS). The Division of Behavioral Health encompasses behavioral health providers, peer advocate services, child and family services, medical social workers, and prevention services. The Seneca Nation's Health System has a current service population of 8698 members.
The Seneca Nation Health System (SNHS), Division of Behavioral Health, has been implementing a number of initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic on our territories. The goal of Tribal Opioid Response funding will be to provide the SNHS’s Division of Behavioral Health 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: Update the Seneca Nation’s Tribal Opioid Response Strategic Plan that was developed under the TOR grant award, number 6H79TI081835-01M001 from 2019. Funding will provide the Seneca Nation with resources that will enable our program to continue to provide necessary opioid-related services to our community.
Objective 2: Provide access to, and availability of, physician services that provide Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) of up to 20 hours a month.
Objective 3: Increase the capacity and professionalism of the Peer Support Advocates and direct service providers. Seneca Strong has had multiple changes in staff since 2019; these changes are the result of program growth, staff turnover, and of course, the COVID-19 pandemic.
Objective 4: Enhance recovery services, treatment, and activities to be culturally responsive –Currently Seneca Strong has a Cultural Peer Advocate who meets with the individuals to help them understand their culture and how to implement culture into their recovery programs.
Objective 5: Enhance peer recovery supports to include family peer advocate services. The Family Peer Advocate provides ongoing support to families affected by the opioid crisis, so that family members can learn from and support one another.
Objective 6: Increase and enhance access to support services and community education through a social media education campaign on prevention and support for individuals and family affected by an opioid addiction.