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Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program

Two girls holding a "Together we Can Prevent" sign, a photo courtesy the Colville Tribal Tribune of a little girl dancing in ceremonial costume, and a young man and woman.


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The objective of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of alcohol and substance abuse among the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) population to a level at or below the general U.S. population. ASAP strives to meet the goal through the implementation of alcohol and substance abuse programs within tribal communities, including emergency, inpatient and outpatient treatment, and rehabilitation services in rural and urban settings.

ASAP nurtures excellence in holistic approaches that promote healthy lifestyles, families, and communities. Programs address alcohol and substance abuse by improving access to behavioral health services through telebehavioral health efforts and providing a comprehensive array of preventative, educational and treatment services. Currently, more than 50% of mental health programs and 80% of alcohol and substance abuse programs are tribally operated.