Prevention Opioid Abuse within the Oglala Lakota Nation
The Oglala Sioux Tribe has prioritized the need to combat the abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs associated with the myriad of health and economic consequences. SAMHSA’s Tribal Opioid Response mechanism presents an excellent opportunity for the Oglala Sioux Tribe to improve both the quality and coordination of behavioral health services that aim to prevention, treat, and support those in recovery from an opioid use disorder. The introduction of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) will substantially expand the treatment options among those who struggle with addiction. This initiative will dovetail on the Tribe’s current strategic plan for reducing alcohol and substance abuse in order to deliver the following outputs:
• Implement medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services among ALO clients actively participating in inpatient and outpatient services.
• Implement a recovery support service model in order to increase the quality of client follow-up and MAT compliance.
• Implement population level public health education campaign to increase knowledge of the health and economic consequences of opioid abuse as well as tribal resource for treatment and recovery.
• Increase recovery support services for clients throughout the reservation.