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Project Description

Oregon Under the guidance of the Children’s Bureau, and the leadership of the Principal Investigator, Marvin Garcia (Director of the Social Services Program), the Klamath Tribes initiated a Regional Partnership Grant Project, including four partners; Klamath Tribes’ Social Services Department, Klamath Tribes’ Health and Family Services, Klamath Youth Development Center – a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and, the Williamson River Indian Mission – a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) faith-based organization.

The overarching goal for the Tribes and the project partners was to reduce and ameliorate the corrosive effects of methamphetamine and substance abuse in the tribal community.

Major Project Goals

  • Provide in-home family therapy throughout the service district in a structured, meaningful way that improves family functioning.
  • Provide Native American youth with culturally relevant opportunities for activities, education, and engagement.
  • Develop a foster-home network to serve the Tribes and Native Americans for respite or emergency needs.
  • Create a Narcotics Anonymous group to serve Native Americans and other support groups for teens or family members as needed.
  • Coordinate service delivery for substance abuse-affected children and families so that referred families get the fullest possible continuum of services.
  • Provide parenting education classes, child development classes for parents, and other training or education as needed and appropriate.
  • Undertake a statistically valid and well-designed evaluation of the project and activities.
  • Provide counseling and alcohol and drug (A&D) services to parents using methamphetamine or abusing other substances.
  • Provide ancillary services for families to provide assistance in securing counseling or other services needed to transition to stable, healthy family life.
  • Undertake outreach activities and hold an annual educational, community event to celebrate progress and educate the community at large of the problems associated with methamphetamine and substance abuse, as well as the resources available to combat them.

Key Major Program Services

Case Management and In-Home Services

  • Traditional Case Management
  • Intensive Case Management
  • Family Group Decision Making
  • Wraparound/Intensive In-home Services

Parenting/Family Strengthening

  • Positive Indian Parenting Curriculum

Family Therapy Counseling

  • Traditional/Short Term
  • Intensive/Long-Term

Mental Health and Trauma

  • Mental Health Services
  • Trauma-Informed Services

Substance Abuse Treatment for Adults

  • Non-Intensive Outpatient
  • Aftercare/Continuing Care
  • Family-Centered Substance Abuse Treatment/Services

Specialized Outreach, Engagement and Retention

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Substance Abuse Prevention Services

  • Substance Abuse Prevention

Screening and Assessment

  • Screening/Assessment for Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Psychological/Social
  • Family Functioning

Children’s Services

  • Remedial/Academic Supports
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Cross-Systems Collaboration

  • Clinical Program Training
  • Regular Joint Case Staffing
  • Cross-systems information/data Sharing

Partner Agencies and Organizations

The Klamath Tribes Project includes the following partners:

Substance Abuse

  • State Substance Abuse Agency
  • Regional/County Substance Abuse Agency


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

Mental Health Services

  • Mental Health Service Provider

Health Services

  • Adult Health Services Provider
  • Children’s Health Provider/Hospital

Other Evaluation and Training

  • Evaluator (University-Affiliated or Other)

Performance Indicators

  • A greater percentage of Klamath RPG children (75.4 percent) were reunited with their families than children across all RPG Projects (70.1 percent), and across all RPG comparison groups (63.8 percent);
  • The majority of Klamath RPG children (84 percent) were in the custody of a parent/caregiver (i.e., in-home) at time enrollment in the Klamath RPG Program;
  • Klamath RPG children overall had high rates of children staying at home through case closure (90.4%), but were no more likely to remain at home through program case closure than comparison children (88.7 percent), and less likely than Cross-site RPG group (93.5 percent);
  • North Carolina Children and Family Scale (NCFAS) findings indicate a significant shift away from mild, moderate, and serious problems in family functioning from pre to post-test.

Sustainability Status

RPG was not able to sustain any elements of the RPG Project beyond federal funding.

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Project Details

  • Lead Agency:
    Klamath Tribes
  • Geographic Area and Congressional District Served:
    Klamath County; Congressional District 2
  • Federal Grant:
    $500,000/5 years
  • Evaluation Design and Comparison Group Type:
  • Proposed Number Served (5 years):
    Children: 228
    Adults: 205
    Families: 210
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