July 2008

Grant Results

SUMMARY

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.

Funding
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this solicited project with a grant of $15,000 from July 2006 to June 2007.

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RWJF STRATEGY

Advancing Recovery: State/Provider Partnerships for Quality Addiction Care is an $11 million national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) designed to promote evidence-based practices for addiction treatment. Advancing Recovery funds partnerships between state agencies and treatment providers in order to improve the administrative and clinical systems that will enhance care.

Recognizing that tribal governance structures differ significantly from state and local structures, RWJF's Addiction, Prevention and Treatment team sought more information in order to target Advancing Recovery and other addiction-related initiatives to Native American populations.

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THE PROJECT

On June 21, 2006, the Phoenix-based Native American Connections convened a meeting that brought experts in Native American governance and behavioral health services together with RWJF staff. Native American Connections, founded in 1972 by Native American elders, provides comprehensive behavioral health services and affordable housing to low-income individuals in the southwestern United States.

The meeting focused on:

  • Understanding the variation in the governance, financing and delivery systems involved with behavioral health services and addiction treatment programs managed by Native American communities.
  • Identifying the most promising leverage opportunities within the purchasing and delivery systems in tribal community settings.

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RESULTS

According to Native American Connections:

  • Twenty-one individuals, representing 25 organizations involved in Native American issues, attended the meeting, as did seven RWJF representatives. The meeting explored:
    • Financing behavioral health services: Speakers described the role of the Indian Health Service in the region; the Arizona Department of Health Services; the tribal regional behavioral health authorities, which receive federal, state and fee-for-service funds to manage care; and funding for tribal projects at the local level.
    • Governance: A speaker from the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona provided an overview of tribal governance.
    • Paths to treatment: Speakers discussed how systems of care are organized, how consumers come in contact with the system, the barriers to treatment and the role of family and community in the treatment process.
    • Advancing recovery: A facilitated discussion explored the challenges of retaining clients in treatment, the role of other community providers and extending the continuum of care into the recovery phase.
    • Opportunities to improve: Among the topics discussed were the use of technology, enhancing self-determination, disparities in care, mentoring smaller tribes, outreach strategies and recruiting and training community members.
  • Two follow-up meetings of the Urban Tribal Indian Behavioral Health Service Providers focused on improving treatment and recovery systems. Native American Connections began staffing this coalition of service providers, which has met both formally and informally for more than 15 years. The September 13, 2006, and February 13, 2007, meetings continued discussions about advancing recovery, finding opportunities to improve and expanding tribal regional behavioral health authorities.

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GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION

Project

Stakeholders Meeting to Identify Quality Addiction Care and Treatment in Native American Communities

Grantee

Native American Connections (Phoenix,  AZ)

  • Amount: $ 15,000
    Dates: July 2006 to June 2007
    ID#:  058056

Contact

Diana Yazzie-Devine
(602) 254-3247
d.devine@nativeconnections.org

Web Site

http://www.nativeconnections.org

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Report prepared by: Carl Taylor
Reviewed by: Karyn Feiden
Reviewed by: Molly McKaughan
Program Officer: Jane Isaacs Lowe

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