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$2 Million Available to Support Preventing Alcohol-Related Deaths through Detoxification

by JB Kinlacheeny, Public Health Advisor, Alcohol and Substance Abuse National Lead, Indian Health Service

The Indian Health Service is announcing the availability of $2 million in funding Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  to support the Preventing Alcohol-Related Deaths program. The purpose of this program is to reduce alcohol-related mortality among American Indians and Alaska Natives by providing support and increasing access to programs and community-based strategies that provide detoxification services in or near tribal and urban Indian communities.

Eligible applicants include public or private institutions operated by a state, local, tribal, or private entity that operate direct, on-site alcohol and/or substance use disorder treatment services, including social alcohol detoxification services, to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Approximately one award will be issued under this program announcement for a performance period of five years. Applications are due by March 31, 2023.

A consensus among clinical and subject matter experts is that detoxification does not provide the full spectrum of alcohol and substance use disorder treatment, but can serve as a pathway to seeking treatment and as a component in the continuum of care for alcohol and substance use disorders. The detoxification program must adhere to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Treatment Improvement Protocol 45, which identifies the principle for the basis of the TIP. The program must include the three critical components – evaluation, stabilization, and fostering patient readiness for and entry into treatment. The three critical components will serve as grant objectives that each applicant will be required to meet.

The IHS encourages applicants to develop and submit a work plan that emphasizes cross-system collaboration, the inclusion of family and social support systems, community resources, and culturally appropriate approaches.

The PARD project is designed to provide communities with the ability to reduce alcohol-related mortality and encourage clients to seek additional alcohol and substance use disorder treatment after discharge from a detoxification program.

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JB Kinlacheeny, Public Health Advisor, Alcohol and Substance Abuse National Lead, Indian Health Service

JB Kinlacheeny, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, is the public health advisor – alcohol and substance abuse national lead for the Indian Health Service. He is responsible for providing leadership in the administration of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Branch, which aims to reduce the incidence and prevalence of alcohol and substance abuse among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Prior to federal service, he served as the behavioral health epidemiologist at the Navajo Epidemiology Center where he worked closely with federal, state, and tribal leaders by providing technical assistance for the Navajo Nation on issues related to behavioral health.