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MT-WY Tribal Access to Recovery Program awarded SAMHSA grant

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BILLINGS, Mont. – The MT-WY Tribal Leaders Council was awarded $10.1 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for a four-year grant program called Access to Recovery, which provides vouchers to people with drug and alcohol use problems to pay for needed treatment and recovery support services.

The Montana-Wyoming Rocky Mountain Tribal Access to Recovery program serves American Indian adults in Montana and Wyoming and has been successfully administering services since 2007. Clinical treatment services and recovery support services are available; ranging from screenings, assessments, child care assistance, education and employment services, spiritual support and cultural mentoring. These services are proven to help clients stay in recovery and maintain their sobriety.

Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council Chairman James Steele Jr., Salish-Kootenai, said he is “honored that SAMHSA would provide us with this needed resource to allow us to continue these critical services to our most vulnerable population, those suffering from substance abuse.” He indicated that this award will provide each tribe with the needed resources that they do not have at this time to work with families undergoing crises associated with substance abuse from key family members.

The new Access to Recovery grant program will also enhance the scope and accessibility of culturally-resonant recovery support services, and recruit and retain American Indians re-entering the community after incarceration, veterans, homeless, and family units. The program plans to serve more than 6,000 total clients over the next four years.

Montana Sen. Max Baucus supported the grant. “This grant is a smart investment in our tribal communities, and I am proud to support the Tribal Leaders Council in its efforts to strengthen Montana families.”

MT-WY Tribal Leaders Council is a tribal organization made up of elected leaders of all the tribal nations in Montana and Wyoming. Under their governance, the goal of this project is to increase positive client outcomes, especially abstinence from alcohol and drugs, while at the same time increasing tribal capacity to serve their own population.

For more information on the Access to Recovery program, contact Karla Two Two at (406) 252-2550.