The population served by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) Opioid Response Grant will serve all Native people 18 years and older living in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health Bemidji Area. The Bemidji Area is comprised of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The project will be located in the KBIC Substance Abuse Programs (SAP).
The demographic profile of the population that the Opioid Response Project will serve is Native American. The project is sponsored by our federally-recognized Tribe, but will serve Tribal members, descendants and Bemidji Area Native American peoples. Non-natives who are covered by Medicaid Insurance will also be considered for the project.
Controlled substances cases in Tribal Court were the historically second highest count that they have been over a 12-year period. (Tribal Court Report, Feb 2022) A Tribal Prevention Needs Survey, administered by the Inter-Tribal Council in August and September of 2021, identified alcohol and opioids as the number one and two greatest areas of substance misuse among the 12 tribes belonging to the Council.
The funding of this Opioid Response Project will allow KBIC to staff a halfway house for clients leaving in patient treatment programs. This need is apparent, as Oshki Gijigad, New Day, Treatment Center data shows that, even though 46% of residents maintained sobriety upon discharge, 36% experienced relapse within 30 days of their release. (KBIC-SAP 2020 Program Management Summary)
The Oshki Maaji Halfway House will use traditional Native American cultural teachings and traditional medicine from the Tribal Healer to support opioid and substance recovery.