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Date: June 25, 2003
Media Contact: James Beek
Phone: 301-443-8956



$1.5 Million Awarded for American Indian/Alaska Native Community Substance Abuse Treatment Plans


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced new grants to help 6 rural American Indian/Alaska Native communities develop local plans for substance abuse treatment systems.

“American Indian and Alaska Native populations continue to report the highest rates of substance abuse in our National Household Survey on Drug Abuse,” SAMHSA Administrator Charles Curie said.  “These grants will help American Indian and Alaska Native communities plan for and unite behind treatment programs needed in their communities.”

The total amount awarded will be about $1.5 million, with individual awards not exceeding $250,000 each for the 18 month project period.

Rural, American Indian/Alaska Native Community Planning Grant awardees are:

  • Chesterfield County Coordinating Council, to enable eight small towns in South Carolina to develop a comprehensive program combining substance abuse and related services ($247,129).

  • Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, for strategic planning for substance abuse training for youth up to age 25 who reside in the North Olympic Peninsula of Washington State ($250,000). 

  • Eagle Wing Recovery Services, Hoopa, CA, for community-based strategic planning involving the delivery of culturally appropriate treatment and related services ($229,980).

  • Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes, to develop a traditional substance abuse services model for native communities in Southern Alaska ($250,000).

  • Native American Indian Center, Columbus, OH, to assess community needs and a strategic consensus-based system of care ($248,105). 

  • Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma, to identify gaps in services and produce a tribal services plan ($250,000).



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