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 II 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. The Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council (RM-TLC) applied for a Peer to Peer Targeted Capacity Expansion (P2P-TCE) grant that was awarded in October 2016. This grant was similar to the Transitional Recovery and Culture project (TRAC I) that was implemented from 2014-2016. RM-TLC was awarded $250,000 per year for three years totaling $750,000 to expand Peer Recovery Support (PRS) services for American Indians living in Montana and Wyoming. TRAC II includes four goals:
Goal One: Improve 6-month sobriety rates from 40 to 80% among peers measured by baseline GPRA and follow-up reports.
Goal Two: Increase community support for substance abuse resulting in a 1-point overall increase in community readiness scores
Goal Three: Increase the number of peers enrolled in educational, training, and skill-building opportunities by 30% from baseline GPRA to 6-month.
Goal Four: Increase the number of locations using peer recovery support from 3 at year-1 to 11 tribes and two urban locations at year 3.
The following Tribes are active participants in the TRAC program:
- Eastern Shoshone Recovery Center
- Crow Tribe
- Northern Arapaho’s White Buffalo Recovery Center
- Billings, MT
Peer Recovery Support Training
We need your feedback on the first draft of the Peer Support Specialist Level II training manual. This manual was developed with the support of the Montana Peer Network and the State of Montana Department Public Health and Human Services. The learning objectives and content were developed based on the State of Montana Level II training requirements.
The manual consists of the following:
- Reviewer Form
- Draft Level 2 Training Manual
- Facilitators Guide
- Final Exam and Homework Assignments
We look forward to your review and comments. Please respond via email using the reviewer form (attached) to
We are also looking for trainers in each community. These individuals would complete a “train the trainer” version of the Peer Support Specialist Level II training and then work with us to implement training in communities throughout Montana and Wyoming.