Tribal Opioid Response (TOR)
- Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) project is a two-year SAMHSA funded grant awarded to Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council to address the opioid crisis in Tribal and urban American Indian communities by increasing access to culturally appropriate and evidence-based treatment, including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services for opioid use disorder (OUD) and other stimulants (cocaine and amphetamines). The focus populations for this grant funding are urban American Indians served through Urban Indian Health Centers and the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana.
- Collaborative partnerships with Urban Indian Health Centers and Little Shell Tribe to address the unmet need. The centers work through sub-awards to address the unique needs of their individual communities. The project also partners with various community providers who work to serve the needs of the urban American Indian populations.
- Community Activities for prevention of opioid and stimulant use such as beading and quill work, social dances, and cultural teachings.
- Support for individuals in recovery through activities and programming.
- Partnered with local community resources that provide services to people who use substances to support efforts towards harm reduction such as needle exchange/return, personal hygiene, and care.
- Provided speakers and presentations at Annual RMTLC Health Conference on the issues of addiction and substance use treatment and recovery.
- Provided statewide training to the major Urban Indian Health Center service areas including Good Road of Life trainings, Equine Assisted Wellness and Cultural Trauma and Resiliency Competency.
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- Implement programming targets to teens through activities and programming, including a series of summer camps.
- Develop presentation for Culture is Prevention programming for use at activities, conferences, and other associated educational opportunities.
- Provide trainings on the Psychology of Addiction and Recovery to Tribal substance use recovery programs in each of the reservation communities served by RMTLC.
- Increase reach of harm reduction services to encourage more individuals to seek treatment and recovery services.
- Continue to provide an expanded offering of community activities to support prevention and recovery opportunities and engagement in local urban Indian areas.
- Provide speakers and presentations for the RMTLC Annual Health Conference on the topics of opioid and stimulant use issues, and prevention and recovery of those issues.
- Provide TA to other TOR programs and organizations on issues related to AI/AN opioid and stimulant use prevention programming.
- Evaluate TOR program’s impact in the region through surveys, evaluations and feedback from partnering organizations.
TOR works with the following primary partners:
- All Nations Health Center (Missoula),
- Indian Family Health Center (Great Falls),
- Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Great Falls),
- Butte Native Wellness Center (Butte),
- Billings Urban Indian Health & Wellness Center (Billings).
- MSU Billings (Billings)
- Rocky Mountain College (Billings)
- Billings School District #2 (Billings)
- New Day Inc (Billings)
Each TOR partner is as unique as the area that it serves. All partners experience diverse populations of Urban Indians that flow through their facilities. One center reported serving as many as 96 different Tribal affiliates in one year.
- Fentanyl Stripes
- Needle Disposal
- Stigma Education
- Deterra Drug Disposal
Prevention / Recovery
- Ribbon Skirts
- Porcupine Quill Work
TOR has created educational materials related to opioid issues for increased and awareness of overdose, harm reduction, how to get help, stigma and recovery. Community and partner surveys were conducted to understand the needs of the cities where partners are located. TOR works with the Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center to obtain needed information to help steer activities and educational efforts. A strategic plan was created during the early phase of the first year to guide the program.
- Integrated Holistic PTSD
- Trauma Resiliency
- Good Road of Life
- Equine Assisted Wellness
- Peer Support
The Tribal Opioid Response Strategic Plan Rocky Mountain Region 2020-2022 was produced by the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council (RMTLC) Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) project with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Tribal Opioid Response grant (award no. 6H79TI083252).
Opioid Information and Prevention
- NCJTC_Preventing_Underage_Substance_Use_in_Tribal_Communities.pdf (cossapresources.org)
- Opioid Project Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Resources – Extension Family & Human Development | Montana State University (msuextension.org)
- Opioids | truth (thetruth.com)
- Opioid Use Disorder | psychiatry.org
- What Are Opioids? (hopkinsmedicine.org)
Support and Harm Reduction
- Prescription Drug Dropbox Locations (mt.gov)
- Diagnostic Criteria
- Naloxone Training – National Drug Court Institute – NDCI.org
- Medications for Opioid Overdose, Withdrawal, & Addiction | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- Fact Sheet: Fentanyl Testing to Prevent Overdose – Information for People Who Use Drugs and Healthcare Providers
Recovery and Nutrition
- Food For Recovery Infographic
- The Importance of Nutrition and Substance Abuse Recovery | The Blackberry Center of Central Florida
- Nutrition to Help Your Body Heal in Addiction Recovery (gatewayfoundation.org)
- Nutrition in Recovery from Addiction | Psychology Today
- Intervention Types & Programs: Do They Work? (americanaddictioncenters.org)
Opioid Overdose Signs & Symptoms
Did you know American Indians and Alaskan Natives have the second highest opioid overdose rates (15.7 per 100,000 people) than all other US racial/ethnic groups?
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