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Vouchers for Substance Abuse Recovery Come with Treatment Options

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Native Americans ages 10 to 80 residing in western South Dakota and Nebraska can get vouchers for substance abuse treatment and choose their path to recovery, whether they prefer clinical, community, faith-based or grassroots methods of therapy, reported The Chadron Record.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe created its Access to Recovery program with a $10.2 million grant awarded by the Center for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Trina Janis, project director for Access to Recovery, is helping launch the program, and recently held the first training session for the program's service providers--training will continue for another four months, she said.

Janis says the various choices for treatment is an effective model--statistics from previous grantees show providing clients with options increases their likelihood of success. "We're saying, 'This is what's available. What are you interested in?'" Janis told the Record.

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The four-year grant awarded to the Oglala Sioux Tribe requires Access to Recovery to bring in 7,108 clients by the end of those four years, stated the Record.

The vouchers are available to Native Americans of any tribe living in the West River area of South Dakota or in western Nebraska, "defined as everything west of a line drawn through the state north and south from Valentine," stated the Record.