Transitional Recovery & Culture (TRAC) Project

 

Facing Addiction announced on March 29th, 2017 that Billings, MT has been selected as one of 15 communities to participate in the organization’s pilot community project. The project, first announced by Facing Addiction (www.FacingAddiction.org) in October 2015, will work to reform the public response to the addiction crisis in Billings, MT via a grassroots-driven campaign strategy. Specifically, Facing Addiction will work with Billings, MT and 14 other communities to:

  • Secure increases in localized funding to adequately address the crisis
  • Train advocates on proper organizational and advocacy techniques to reform their community’s response
  • Invest time and resources in communication opportunities with elected officials and other policy makers
  • Provide media guidance to garner press coverage to further highlight the solutions to  the problem
  • Develop political strategies and aid community stakeholders in the development of an overarching “campaign strategy”

“As addiction to alcohol and other drugs now impacts 1 in 3 households in America, we must urgently work to turn the tide on this health crisis. We received over 50 applications from communities across the country for this program,” said Greg Williams, Facing Addiction’s Co-Founder and Executive Vice President. “We are excited about the prospect of working to train, organize and mobilize citizens in Billings, MT to ensure a shift toward a public, health-centered response to those impacted by addiction.”

The Transitional Recovery & Culture Project (TRAC), a project of the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, in collaboration with Community Innovations and other community partners, submitted an application for Billings, MT. “We have been coming together as a community over the past few years to identify solutions to help those dealing with substance use disorders, homelessness, and behavioral health issues. We believe healing is possible through prevention, treatment and recovery support.”, says Dyani Bingham, Project Director of the TRAC program, which works on building capacity in the realm of peer to peer recovery support for Native Americans.Facing Addiction is a national non-profit organization dedicated to unifying the voices of

Facing Addiction is a national non-profit organization dedicated to unifying the voices of the more than 45 million Americans and their families directly impacted by addiction. Facing Addiction is bringing together the best resources in the field in order to reduce the human and social costs of addiction, every year, until this public health crisis is eliminated. The organization was launched in historic fashion on October 4th, 2015, in front of tens of thousands on the National Mall at the UNITE to Face Addiction rally and concert, and recently was co-sponsor of the launch of the U.S. Surgeon General’s seminal report on the addiction crisis in America, in Los Angeles on November 17, 2016.

Since 2014, Community Innovations, a collaborative effort of the Downtown Billings Alliance, City of Billings, Rimrock Foundation, Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council and other community partners has come together to address the issues of substance misuse, behavioral health and transiency affecting the city, and in particular, downtown Billings. The group learns from national best practices, is data-driven and solution-oriented, and has seen measurable positive impacts.

The Billings’ Community Innovations Team, drawing on leadership from the business community, the social service sector, city government and officials, tribal leaders, law enforcement, and the faith community, continues to drive change through creation of 5 working task forces, implementation of comprehensive, downtown community policing program, and a continuum of care where the cornerstone is cultural awareness and sensitivity in counseling and treatment, while intersecting vulnerable populations with resources and alternatives to cyclical, addictive, or negative behavior.

 

TRAC Program Description

The Transitional Recovery & Culture Project (TRAC) Project fosters community readiness for recovery support and provides a safe forum for those in recovery to learn about leadership, culture, self-care and resiliency.  Funded through a 3-year grant from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) – Sept. 2013 thru Sept. 2016.

Funded by a 3-year grant from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) – Sept. 2013 thru Sept. 2016.

Priority Areas and/or Areas of Focus: The purpose of the Transitional Recovery & Culture Project (TRAC) Project is to provide recovery support to peers via a peer recovery support mentorship. Peer to Peer recovery support helps peers stay engaged in the recovery process and reduces the likelihood of relapse.

To learn more about TRAC’s successes, challenges, outreach, and impact, please click here to download the latest report.

 

Program Goals

  1. Improve sobriety rates.
  2. Increase community awareness of the substance abuse problems and the need for supporting recovery.
  3. Increase community support efforts for substance abuse prevention.
  4. Address importance of attitude change to combat substance abuse in participating communities.

 

Strategies or Approach

What is Peer to Peer Recovery Support?

  • A member of the community who is strong in their own recovery (Peer Mentor) serves as a mentor to a peer who is new to their own recovery journey (Peer).
  • Peer mentors provide general recovery support and draw upon the strength and values of Native culture to do so.
  • Peer mentors help peers via referrals to community resources (housing, education, wellness, employment, culture).
  • Peer mentors focus on the strengths of the individual and foster leadership.
  • Peer mentors help peers incorporate recovery values and strategies into their everyday lives.

Recovery Support Includes:

  • One on One Peer Mentorship
  • Group Sessions
  • Holistic Wellness Plans
  • Culture Based Support
  • Any positive effort or activity to help a Peer in Recovery

The following Tribes are active participants in the TRAC program:

  • Eastern Shoshone Recovery Center
  • Northern Arapaho’s White Buffalo Recovery Center

Urban Communities:

  • Billings, MT
  • Riverton, WY