|The White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT), a tribal nation of 18,000 Native Americans in central Arizona, will enhance substance abuse treatment on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The project will provide intensive in-home, substance abuse counseling services and community-based recreational programs for up to 50 at-risk and/or court-ordered Apache youth ages 13-17 and their families each year. The Chagha She Binalwod (Strengthening Youth) project will address significant gaps in treatment services that limit access and long-term effectiveness of the current substance abuse treatment services.|
Chagha She Binalwod (Strengthening Youth) will establish an on-Reservation model of treatment for addicted Native American youth ages 13-17 that will (1) decrease alcohol and substance abuse by 10% each year; (2) reduce substance-related juvenile offending by 20% each year; and (3) establish a viable diversion alternative to jailor lengthy probation.
Indian Nation Served
The White Mountain Apache Tribe on the Fort Apache Reservation
Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST), a SAMHSA blue ribbon substance abuse treatment model, stands at the core of the project’s design. MST professionals will work with trained Apache Transition Specialists to design and deliver intensive in-home counseling to youth and families conjunction with culturally appropriate, community-designed mainstream recreational and social programs and “give back” projects. Additional resources will be directed toward WMA T Juvenile Court to increase its ability to assess delinquent youth for substance abuse issues and provide a viable diversion program to jail or lengthy probation.