2008 ANNUAL SELF-GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE April 27-28, 2008 Las Vegas, Nevada The Indian Country Methamphetamine Initiative
Introduction Purpose Participants Presentation Goal Next Steps –
Purpose • Improve information on Meth in Indian Country • Identify and disseminate evidenced-based “best practices” • Include public safety with public health • A comprehensive approach
Purpose continued The ICMI partners are: • Developing a national information and outreach campaign • Developing a culturally specific methamphetamine abuse education kit • Documenting and evaluating promising practices in education on meth use • Creating meth awareness multi-disciplinary education teams
ICMI Participants • Navajo Nation • Northern Arapaho • Winnebago Nation • Choctaw Nation • Crow Agency • Yakama Nation • Chippewa-Cree, Rocky Boys
ICMI Participants • Association of American Indian Physicians • National Congress of American Indians • Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board • United Southern and Eastern Tribes • One Sky Center
Presentation Goal • Report on the Indian Country Methamphetamine Initiative and activities
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma “Natural Highs Program”
Transformation process Experiential activities Relationships Vision/Purpose
Holitopa • The Creator is within each being • Honor this truth • Meaningful relationships • Inner child - purposeful play
Theoretical Framework • TRANSFORMATION - Stretch minds • Neural growth • Rich environmental experience • Education, physical activity, novelty, challenge, accomplishment, making a difference
Database Newresources and learnings Eat right, exercise, plenty of water “Climb to new heights”… with the right type of support Trust in self and others Powerful sense of accomplishment
Reflection: the Construction of Meaning and Memory • Journal: personal notes • Reflect on what we learn • Apply to future challenges
Bottom Line • Changing the way you live means changing the way you think • Changing how you think means changing what you believe about life and yourself We believe we can assist those in recovery to begin getting “high on life” through new found beliefs in themselves, others, and life
Meth Free Crow Task Force • Formed by Crow Tribal Officials, Apsaalooka Nation Housing Authority, parents, grandparents, children, and friends of Meth Addicts. • Initiated through Community Meetings on Meth Awareness • Education in Schools throughout the reservation and border towns. • Education provided to Gov’t and other entities on the Crow Reservation
Meth Free Crowalition Goals • Establish a “War Against Meth” that would address every area; prevention, intervention, treatment, and accountability • Combined forces with every entity/organization – Unity has been the key • Diverse Representation – Tribal Officials, educators, attorneys, law enforcement, community, youth, judicial system, health care, State, Tribal, government entities.
Meth Free Crow Youth Initiative • Voices from our Crow Youth – Hear their Cry against Meth • Meth Free Crow Youth Initiative Project • Other youth organizations Tribal Youth Program, etc.
First Annual Meth Free Crow Teepee Capital of the World Youth Concert 2007
GIVING THESE BOYS AND ALL OUR CHILDREN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME OUR FUTURE LEADERS
This is what we are fighting against
Unite With Us In the “War Against Meth”
Navajo Methamphetamine Task Force GOALS • Incidence & prevalence rates • Community awareness of methamphetamine • Collaborative, cohesive, and unified voice
Navajo Nation: Meth Task Force Sites Shiprock Meth Task Force Chinle Diné Meth Dooda Task Force Western Navajo Meth Task Force Fort Defiance Meth Task Force Navajo Nation Office of the First Lady AZ Attorney General *Task Force Member Navajo Housing Authority Window Rock, AZ (Dilcon) Southwest Coalition Against Meth Division of Health *ICMI Project Department of Behavioral Health Division of Public Safety *Diné Anti-Meth Coalition *Drug Unit
Activities of Partners • Direction of leadership: Provide education/awareness about the dangers; more billboards and more media coverage • Dooda: presentations to communities, schools, and chapters • SW: Law Day at Dilcon School and Drums of Summer • Ft Definance: conferences, community awareness walks, PSA and radio • Shiprock: presentations to communities, schools and programs • Western: presentations to communities, schools, offices, etc., meth survey,obtaining funds,community projects (graffiti removal, etc)
What Works • Community Education • Age-appropriate presentations, brochures, ads • Enforcement (NLE Drug Unit) • Arrest and detainment for trafficking • Caring members of the community Partnerships • Communities, chapters, private businesses and tribal divisions and programs.
Challenges • Compiling Meth Data: • Who is keeping data or statistics? • Drug kits for law enforcement testing • Tracking ER, treatment and social service visits • Meth-specific data codes or processes • Communication: among Anti-Meth initiatives/programs • Treatment and rehabilitation options and services • Rural and Frontier areas of NN (isolated & long distances) • Law Enforcement response
Developing our Plan of ACTION • It is up to us! • Team Work: “Singing the same song” • Key issues: • Ongoing Communication • Leadership • Commitment • Identifying Resources • Policy Changes • Federal Legislative Mandates – resources for rural and frontier reservation areas struggling with meth.
Indian Country Methamphetamine InitiativeA System of “Works” Northern Arapaho Tribe
Project Components • Implement Best Practice Treatment • Multi-systemic Family Therapy • Critical Incident Counseling • Create a Comprehensive System of Collaborative “Works”
Northern Arapaho Toolkit FAMILY JUSTICE COLLABORATIVE CENTER • A one-stop port of service entry for children and families to services • To keep and bring our children home • To strengthen families in community
Northern Arapaho Toolkit WIND RIVER HEALTH CENTER • A tribally–chartered rural health clinic • To improve access for primary care, health, mental health, substance abuse, prevention and education services
Vehicles of Improvement BEST PRACTICES AND MODELS OF FEDERAL PARTNERS • Collaborative Family Justice Center(Dept. of Justice – American Bar Association) • Eagles Wings/WR Health Center (SAMHSA/CSAT prevention & therapy models) • Traditional Wellness ‘Best Practices’ (Northern Arapaho People)
The Problem: “turf” gaps duplications crossed purposes Fragmented Service System The Solution: client-centered multi-agency comprehensive coordinated efficient “Works” The concept of “Works”in a Comprehensive Systems Plan
A System of Collaborative “Works”This is how we did it • Needs Assessment • Tribal Mandate • System Vision • Acquiring Funding • Achieving Collaboration Among the Players
Together WE Make A Difference: Methamphetamine Prevention on the Winnebago Reservation
Vision • A Safe Drug and Alcohol Free Reservation
Step 1.The Recognition of Vulnerability • Presentation to Tribal Members: • Meth as Health and Safety Issue • Task Force formed by the Tribal Council • Proactive and comprehensive
Goals and Objectives Winnebago Meth Task Force • Develop/maintain a Comprehensive Methamphetamine Prevention Strategy • Collectively plan and implement • Proactive measures • Use available funds - take immediate action
Court-based Programs • Tribal code changes • Youth Intervention program • Cooperation with the U.S. Attorney office for prosecution of cases • Drug court as an alternative?