Summary. Via its 2022 Tribal Opioid Response project, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. (CITC) will implement 6 main activities: residential substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring disorder (COD) treatment services, referrals to additional services, peer recovery support, career development services, naloxone use trainings, and naloxone distributions. The project will renew CITC’s imminently expiring 2020 Tribal Opioid Response project.
Population To Be Served. The project’s population of focus will be Alaska Native and American Indian (AN/AI) adults who have opioid- and stimulant-related SUDs or CODs. AN/AI and non-AN/AI adults will be served equally and according to their respective needs.
The project’s catchment area will be the Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which is composed of Alaska’s Municipality of Anchorage consolidated city-borough and Matanuska-Susitna borough. With its 398,328 residents, the Anchorage MSA represents over 54% of Alaska’s total population. And of those residents, 57,072—or over 14%—are AN/AI (race alone or in combination).
In recent years, the Anchorage MSA’s AN/AI population has been increasing steadily due to high fertility rates and intra-state migration from Alaska’s rural communities. That population, consequently, is younger than average, culturally and linguistically diverse, and representative of a variety of Tribal affiliations. Among all racial groups in Alaska, AN/AI residents have by far the highest poverty and unemployment rates.
Strategies. All of the project’s main activities will be conducted in CITC’s existing Chanlyut (‘new beginnings’ in Dena’ina Athabascan) House, a 24-bed short-term residential SUD and COD treatment facility in northern Anchorage. Chanlyut House, by design, follows a rehabilitation via workforce readiness model, which is inspired by the Delancey Street Foundation’s residential community model and is influenced by Alaska Native cultural values.
Goals and Objectives. Via the project, CITC will achieve 2 goals and 9 specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound objectives. Those goals and objectives, which are described in detail below, are aligned with the Anchorage MSA’s relevant community needs.
¿ Goal 1. Expand CITC’s capacity to reduce opioid and stimulant use and to treat opioid- and stimulant-related SUDs and CODs in the Anchorage MSA.
¿ Objective 1.1. By the end of the project’s 2nd year, provide residential SUD and COD treatment services to 100 unduplicated adult residents.
¿ Objective 1.2. By the end of the project’s 2nd year, provide referrals to SUD medication-assisted treatment services to 100 unduplicated adult residents.
¿ Objective 1.3. By the end of the project’s 2nd year, provide career counseling and soft skills trainings to 100 unduplicated adult residents.
¿ Goal 2. Reduce SUD and COD prevalence and improve employment outcomes in the Anchorage MSA, following GRPA-based measurements.
¿ Objectives 2.1 to 2.6. By the end of the project’s 2nd year, facilitate various improvements for participants in GPRA-based measurements.
Number of Unduplicated Individuals To Be Served with Grant Funds
Year 1: 50 Year 2: 50 Total: 100