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Understanding Tribal Youth Substance Use, Trends and Considering Community Factors

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The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Tribal Youth Resource Center is offering a free two-part learning series on Developing Effective Program Processes to Support Youth Treatment in the Tribal Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court.

The Tribal Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court addresses and responds to alcohol and substance use related issues through a holistic, youth-focused, and culturally-centered approach. Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts (JHWC) are operated by an interdisciplinary team drawn from a cross-section of the Tribal community. 

This two-part learning series will focus on the need for effective case management and referral to appropriate services to support JHWC participants. This series is appropriate for newly developing and existing courts as well as communities who are interested in learning more about Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts.
In this session participants will learn about the disease model of addiction and how this applies to tribal youth. Participants will additionally learn about the prevalence of substance use in tribal communities, including drugs of abuse and current drug trends in Tribal communities. 

Participants will be able to identify community factors that may influence Tribal youth substance use and identify resources within Tribal communities that can assist with treatment and rehabilitation of those youth who are using alcohol and drugs. 

Session Facilitators: Kristina Pacecho, LADC, Tribal Wellness Courts Specialist, Tribal Law and Policy Institute and Lori Vallejos Pueblo of Laguna Behavioral Health Services, Tribal Law and Policy Institute Consultant 

Date Created: April 28, 2021