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Project Description

Nebraska The ONCRT assisted American Indian families involved with substance abuse through the SCP. The SCP utilized "Walking in Beauty on the Red Road" (WBRR), an evidence-based approach to providing intensive adolescent outpatient treatment, community outreach and recovery support services. SCP activities also assisted the community in developing a recovery support infrastructure on the Omaha Reservation, which encompasses all of Thurston County and portions of Burt and Cuming Counties in Northeastern Nebraska and Monona County in Iowa.

Target Population

SCP targeted:

  • Families involved in substance abuse
  • Adolescents (children under the age of 18) involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems

Major Project Goals

  • Providing an effective and comprehensive recovery support infrastructure on the Omaha Reservation in Northeast Nebraska;
  • Undertaking WBRR, a culturally relevant, evidence-based substance abuse program, for youth involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems on the Omaha reservation;
  • Integrating WBRR into both new and existing family outreach programs to provide a comprehensive approach to building youth awareness, recruitment and referral into the program;
  • Establishing the Sacred Child Center, coordinating the WBRR program and facilitating family involvement, mentoring and recovery support services.

Key Major Program Services

Case Management and In-Home Services

  • Intensive/Coordinated Case Management
  • Wraparound/Intensive In-Home Support Services

Parenting/Family Strengthening

  • Manualized/Evidence-Based Parenting Program – Positive Indian Parenting

Screening and Assessment – Child Welfare and Other Children’s Issues

  • Youth Substance Abuse Screening and Assessment
  • Specialized Child Screening and Assessment – Mental Health, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma, Education

Children’s Services

  • Adolescent Outpatient Alcohol and Other Drug Services
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Trauma Services
  • Remedial/Academic Supports

Specialized Outreach/Engagement

  • Cultural Knowledge and Identity Development

Mental Health and Trauma

  • Trauma-Specific Services-Walking in Beauty on the Red Road

Substance Abuse Treatment for Adults

  • Family Centered Treatment

Partner Agencies and Organizations

The SCP Project includes the following partners:

Child Welfare

  • Child Welfare Services Provider

Substance Abuse

  • State Substance Abuse Agency
  • Regional/County Substance Abuse AgencyTribal Substance Abuse Treatment Provider


  • Tribal Juvenile Court
  • Tribal Juvenile Probation

Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Legal and Related Organizations

  • Tribal Law Enforcement
  • Tribal Prosecutor
  • Legal Services/Client Advocacy

Mental Health and Health Services

  • Tribal Mental Health Services Provider
  • Indian Health Services
  • Tribal Health Services Provider/Clinic


  • Local School District
  • Individual School
  • Early Childhood Services
  • Education Provider
  • Parenting Education/Services Provider


  • Tribal Social Services
  • State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Welfare Office

Other Community and Child and Family Services

  • Home Visiting Program or Services Provider
  • Church or Faith-based Organization
  • Domestic Violence Services Provider/Agency
  • Peer/Parent Mentor Group or Network

Other Evaluation and Training

  • Evaluator (University-Affiliated or Other)
  • Consultant/Training

Performance Indicators

Child Well-Being

Children Supportive Services: The percentage of children/youth assessed with serious depression decreased from 85.0 percent to 60.0 percent from program intake to completion.

Family Relationships and Functioning: School attendance increased from 75.0 percent to 90.0 percent for children/youth.

Child Well-being: The reported use of alcohol or drugs went from 100.0 percent to 25.0 percent and arrests went from 60.0 percent to 30.0 percent between intake and aftercare for the participating children and youth in SCP.


Adult Support Services: It was estimated that 75.0 percent of the adults later participated in supportive services about which they heard in an earlier meeting.

Sustainability Status

The Omaha Tribe is considering re-implementing the SCP utilizing Tribal resources.

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Project Details

  • Lead Agency:
    Omaha Nation Community Response Team (ONCRT)
  • Geographic Area and Congressional District Served:
    Omaha Reservation; Congressional District 1
  • Federal Grant:
    $500,000/3 years
  • Evaluation Design and Comparison Group Type:
  • Proposed Number Served (3 years):
    Children: 62
    Adults: 61
    Families: 62
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