The Knik Tribe is a federally recognized tribe providing state and federal contracted social, educational, and economic development services to tribal members in the Upper Cook Inlet region of Alaska. Knik Tribe has the largest Alaska Native Village Service Area (ANVASA) for a single tribal government covering 25,000 sq. miles and serving over 10,000 Alaska Native and Indian people residing within the tribal service area. Knik Tribe has served its people for over 30 years through such services as Housing/Community Services, Tribal Development, Tribal Transportation, Financial Assistance, and Information Technology.
Knik Tribe is also a Tribal Health Organization (THO) that has recently established the Benteh Wellness Center (BWC) behavioral health program. BWC provides psychosocial and behavioral health services to the Matanuska-Susitna Valley community. BWC offers compassionate, individualized clinical, peer support, prevention, and case management services in-clinic and through Tele-Behavioral Health (video conference) to youth, young adults, and families in the Mat-Su Valley community These services also include youth and family support programs and activities and culturally informed participant data collection.
Knik Tribe’s proposed Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) project for FY 2021 intends to (1) increase access to Medication-Assisted Treatment and recovery services and to (2) provide clinical and prevention services for the opioid use disorder (OUD), substance use disorder (SUD), and co-occurring disorder (COD) through the BWC program.
Knik Tribe will focus on these required and allowed activities under the TOR grant opportunity:
• Required Activity #5. “Implement community recovery support services such as peer supports, recovery coaches, spiritual support, drug, and alcohol-free social engagement, and recovery housing.”
• Allowed Activity #1. “Incorporate culturally appropriate and traditional practices into your program design and implementation.”
Tribal Opioid Response Grant (FY 2021) Goals & Objectives:
GOAL 1: Increase access to MAT and recovery services.
Objective 1.1: Assess BWC participants for OUD and SUD.
Objective 1.2: Refer BWC participants in need of MAT and recovery services to the Southcentral Foundation.
Objective 1.3: Follow-up on BWC participants treatment progress.
GOAL 2: Provide support and prevention services to the participants through Knik Tribe’s BWC behavioral health program.
Objective 2.1: Provide clinical services to the BWC participants.
Objective 2.2: Provide peer-support services to the BWC participants.
Objective 2.3: Provide prevention services to the BWC participants.
Objective 2.4: Provide case management to the BWC participants.
Objective 2.5: Increase participant retention in treatment.
Objective 2.6: Increase participant recovery.
Objective 2.7: Reduce substance use at case follow-ups.
Objective 2.8: Increase participant cultural connectedness.