Project Description

Montana The Apsaalooke Nation Housing Authority’s (ANHA) Meth Free Crowalition (MFC) was designed as a community prevention program for the purposes of providing alternative activities, particularly aimed at youth. One of the successful elements of the project was the effective collaboration between local tribal programs and also resulted in staff co-location with these partners. This maximized available services to children and their families and promoted further inter-agency collaboration. Sharing of clients and services allowed the Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) and the partners to provide additional parenting, youth outreach, equine therapy, and other vital prevention services to address methamphetamine and other drug related concerns.

Target Population

MFC targeted:

  • The prevention service population on the Crow Reservation is approximately 10,000 tribal members plus several thousand non-enrolled spouses and children of members.

Major Project Goals

The over-arching goal of the MFC was to decrease the prevalence of substance abuse, particularly methamphetamine. The goal was prevention rather than intervention in nature.

  • To provide a minimum of 30 prevention activities per year servicing at least 400 youth per year in the seven reservation community districts; The Meth Free Crowalition has developed an Apsáalooke Junior Police Academy Program to provide leadership, meth education, cultural enhancement, self-esteem, vocational skills, physical and emotion development; The Meth Free Crowalition will establish at least 8 partnerships to collaboratively identify and maximize resources to promote wellness (including cultural, spiritual, physical and emotional well being); At a minimum (3) staff will be co-located at least 2 days per work week at Healing to Wellness, Tribal Court, Tribal Health and Human Services and Tribal Social Services; The Meth Free Crowalition will develop a common intake form to develop a centralized tribal data collection system; The Meth Free Crowalition developed a local level evaluation plan to identify and/or create instruments and tools to identify the effectiveness of the program, strengths and weaknesses in program; The Meth Free Crowalition, in collaboration with the eight identified partners, will develop a sustainability plan that will allow the continuation of prevention activities in all six reservation community districts beyond the period of Federal funding; The Meth Free Crowalition will adapt the NCAI Meth Tool Kit (“healing bags”) for the Crow youth and families.

Key Major Program Services

Case Management and In-Home Services

  • Traditional Case Management
  • Traditional In-Home Services

Parenting/Family Strengthening

  • Evidence-Based Parenting or Family Strengthening Program - Positive Indian Parenting Crow Style

Substance Abuse Treatment for Adults

  • Non-Intensive Outpatients

Specialized Outreach, Engagement and Retention

  • Co-located Out Stationed Staff
  • Cultural Support Services

Substance Abuse Prevention Services

  • Information Dissemination and Education
  • Alternative Activities
  • Problem Identification and Referral
  • Community-Based Process
  • Environmental Approaches

Screening and Assessment

  • Screening/Assessment for Child Welfare Issues

Cross-Systems Collaboration

  • Clinical Program Training
  • Cross-systems policies/procedures
  • Regular Joint Case Staffing
  • Co-location of Staff
  • Cross-systems information/data Sharing
  • Partner Meetings

Other

  • Provide Ancillary Support Services to Tribal Court Youth Diversion Program Participants

Partner Agencies and Organizations

The MFC Project includes the following partners:

Courts

  • Family Treatment Drug Court (FTDC)
  • Juvenile Justice Agency

Tribal

  • Tribal Child Welfare Agency/Consortia Tribal Child Welfare
  • Tribal Substance Abuse Agency
  • Tribal Court
  • Tribe/Tribal Consortium

Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Legal and Related Organizations

  • Local Law Enforcement

Other Community and Child and Family Services

  • Home Visiting Agency/ Services Provider
  • Other Child/Family Services Provider
  • Church/Faith-Based Organization
  • Peer/Parent/Mentor Group or network
  • Other Community Stakeholders

Other Evaluation and Training

  • Evaluator (University or Affiliated)
  • Consultant/Training

Other

  • Other State/County Agency (State Accreditation Technical Assistant)

Performance Indicators

Safety

Those identifying safety as a problem (serious, moderate, or mild) decreased from almost 31% at the baseline to approximately 19% at conclusion. This reflects a growth in a perception of public safety over time. However, the overall environment score increased from 9.2% to 12.8% identifying it as a problem.

Parenting

This trend continues throughout the overall domain scores where the problems have actually increased over time, at least as perceived by the participants. However, due to all of the issues with the data and its collection, the validity of and consistency of the data cannot be verified.

Sustainability Status

The RPG was only able to sustain specific parts of the program which and several of these may not be sustained as many of the tribal administrators supervising services were terminated. As a new administration and new key staff members came into office, the momentum with key stakeholders was lost. As a result, the sustainability of some activities remain in question. The following programs were sustained by either new funding or through absorption into partner program operations:

  • Junior Police Academy was sustained through Department of Justice Tribal Youth Program funding: Equine Therapy was sustained through Department of Justice Tribal Youth Program funding; Youth diversion was integrated into the Tribal Courts operations; The family-based assessment North Carolina Family Assessment Scale (NCFAS) was intended to be integrated within operations of partner entities. However, it is unclear if that was actually sustained; School-based programs were integrated within the schools; Community based prevention activities were sustained; through grassroots community members, as they operated prior to RPG funding.

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Project Details

  • Lead Agency:
    Apsaalooke Nation Housing Authority (ANHA)
  • Geographic Area and Congressional District Served:
    Crow Indian Reservation; Congressional District 1
  • Federal Grant:
    $500,000/5 years
  • Evaluation Design and Comparison Group Type:
    Pre-experimental
  • Proposed Number Served (5 years):
    Children: 572
    Adults: 635
    Families: 761
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