Native Americans and RWJF Staff Discuss Addiction Treatment in Native American Communities

Stakeholders meeting to identify quality addiction care and treatment in Native American communities

Native American Connections convened a meeting on June 21, 2006, to help the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) identify opportunities to target addiction treatment initiatives to Native American populations, particularly through its national program, Advancing Recovery: State/Provider Partnerships for Quality Addiction Care. Native American Connections provides comprehensive behavioral health services to Native Americans in the southwestern United States.

Key Results: According to Native American Connections:

  • Twenty-one individuals, representing 25 organizations involved in Native American issues, attended the meeting by invitation, as did seven RWJF staff. The meeting focused on financing behavioral health services, tribal governance, paths to treatment, strategies for advancing recovery and opportunities to improve.
  • Follow-up discussions continued at two meetings of the Urban Tribal Indian Behavior Health Service Providers, in September 2006 and February 2007.

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