The Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board (GPTLHB, formerly Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board) is applying for the Tribal Opioid Response grant in partnership with Trenton Indian Service Area in North Dakota, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, and the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. The total user population is 18,448 (Indian Health Service User Population Estimates 2019). The focus population is American Indians 10 years old and adults at risk of, in treatment for, or recovering from opioid and stimulant use disorders. The population of focus resides within the Trenton Indian Service Area, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Reservation, the Cheyenne River Reservation, the Lower Brule Reservation, and the Omaha Reservation.
Tribal Opioid Response funds are needed to build opioid treatment and prevention capacity. Through a strategy of coordinating resources in prevention, treatment, and recovery, the Great Plains Tribal Opioid Response program’s goal for the 24 month grant period is to create and coordinate resources that strengthen, complement, and sustain the capacity to support the ability to prevent and treat opioid use disorder and stimulant misuse in the Trenton Indian Service Area, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska. GPTOR will engage in the following objectives:
• Within the first 60 days of the grant, GPTOR will develop a tribal opioids response strategic action plan that prioritizes the delivery of medication-assisted therapy (MAT) services.
• Provide educational workshops and an annual opportunity for MAT Waiver training. The program will provide educational resources to community members on opioid use disorder and stimulant misuse prevention strategies by the end of grant year 2. support or implement community recovery groups, spiritual support, and drug and alcohol-free social engagement activities.
• Work with ACET, Inc. to produce an evaluation report of all grant activities.
• Produce print materials that are culturally relevant and appropriate to the five tribal communities.
• Create a forum and collaborative space to address methamphetamine use in the Great Plains Area tribes. Across all five tribal communities.
The GPTOR project will serve at least 2,000 annually and a total of 4,000 unduplicated individuals within the 24-month time frame.