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LINCOLN, Neb. – Indian Center Inc. announced Sept. 16 that it has been awarded a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, in the amount of $917,625.

This three-year grant will allow the center to provide the urban Indian communities of Lincoln and Omaha with tools and resources to plan and design a holistic, community-based system of care to support mental health and wellness for Native youth and their families.

The Indian Center will work in partnership with the Center for Native Americans Inc., based in Omaha, with the Indian communities in Lincoln and Omaha to determine service gaps and formulate a holistic system of care model that will increase the capacity and effectiveness of culturally appropriate behavioral health systems. This new project, titled the Nebraska Urban Indian System of Care Model, will utilize family-driven and youth-guided principles in the development of the system of care model.

“We are excited about this new program and its eventual application of providing mental health services to the Indian families of Lincoln and Omaha, especially our youth,” said project director Barbara Grant.

The Indian Center was one of only seven grantees in the country to receive Circle of Care funding from SAMSHA.

For more information on this project, contact Indian Center Executive Director Clyde Tyndall at (402) 438-5231 or ctyndall@aol.com.