Native Programs Directory

SE Alaska Native Substance Abuse Planning Project

Organization: Central Council Tlingit & Haida Central Council
Address: 320 W. Willoughby Street, Suite 300
Juneau, AK 99801
Program Director: Georgia Finau
Telephone: (907) 463-7157
Fax: (907) 463-7343
Funding Agency: CSAT
Funding Program: Community Planning
Grant Number: TI14898


The Central Council is to implement a regional planning and consultation project to develop a traditional substance abuse services model for native communities within Southeast Alaska. The proposed Southeast Alaska Native Substance Abuse Treatment Planning Project will utilize this existing network (local Circles of Support) and community action plans (AFN project) to move to the next step in substance abuse treatment services development, the design of a viable strategic plan and treatment model that incorporates a mix of traditional values and mainstream practices to address the increasingly serious problem of substance abuse within Native communities. The project will focus on a regional consultation and strategic planning process to identify the current status of substance abuse programs and services for Native people within the selected communities, develop a shared vision, model, and implementation plan for addressing deficiencies in the current substance abuse treatment services delivery system through a combination of traditional/cultural based and modern science-based approaches. The project approach is built on a successful regional consultation model the Central Council has utilized for diverse programs such as Child Support Enforcement, TANF, Elders Services Development, and interjurisdictional adoptions. Using this consultation model, the Central Council and selected villages within southeast Alaska will utilize traditional consultation and decision-making processes to reach consensus on some key questions relating to development of substance abuse treatment services. Villages and communities throughout southeast Alaska are taking innovative actions to address health, mental health, and substance abuse issues. Much of this activity involves traditional practices which center around the dynamics of the clan system, and Native concepts of community wellness. These approaches combined with increased access to mainstream treatment services through organizations such as the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Corporation (SEARHC), hold the promise of achieving measurable improvement in substance abuse levels.


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