Summary: Substance abuse, especially OUD, and related issues have become such a deep crisis on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, impacting so many lives, that we are facing a crisis in our community. Given the high rate of opioid addiction on our Reservation our proposed program focuses on supplementing and expanding current activities centered on reducing the impact of opioids and will contribute to a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic.
Project Name: Fort Belknap Indian Community (FBIC) Tribal Opioid Response Grant Initiative.
Population to be Served: The Fort Belknap Tribal Health Department (FBTHD) currently serves American Indian families from the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and surrounding communities. FBTHD provides comprehensive and culturally sensitive patient-centered healthcare services for approximately 4,677 Native American patients. Our project will target Native Americans suffering from OUD within our service area.
Project Goal and Objectives: The following is our goal and our four (4) project objectives:
Goal: To improve the health and wellness of Tribal Members who are struggling with OUD by providing culturally appropriate, evidence based, and community driven services based upon a community-driven Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan.
Objective 1: During the project period of September 30, 2021 through September 29, 2023, the FBIC will update our plan of action for our communities, based upon an assessment of our needs; determine the most efficient use of limited resources; and direct the resources to those needs; as measured by updating of our strategic plan, evaluation of our progress in addressing the strategic plan, and program records.
Objective 2: During the same project period, the FBIC will increase the education and awareness of opioid prevention, treatment, and use of Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) available to our Tribal membership through community forums and training sessions in Fort Belknap, Hays, Dodson, and Lodgepole, as measured by records of sessions held, sign in sheets, presentations, flyers, radio spots, social media posts, and other media devices on file.
Objective 3: During the same project period, the FBIC will increase the number of patients referred for treatment through 3rd party billing by at least 20 per year, as measured by baseline numbers, referral records, and patient records.
Objective 4: During the same project period, the FBIC will increase capacity of at least 30 gatekeepers and other tribal and community employees through workforce development activities, training sessions, and capacity building workshops, as measured by training records, certifications, sign in sheets, and external evaluation records.
The number of people to be served annually are 20 for a total of 40 throughout the lifetime of the project.