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CSTE USVI Behavioral Health (Environmental Scan June 2020)

Assessing behavioral health needs in underserved communities is often overlooked. There is a lot going on that needs immediate attention, and often we don’t see a need until it is too late. Our scan of behavioral health resources in the USVI reinforced what we already know… additional behavioral health resources are needed, and importantly clinicians and providers are often not available. Stigma continues to be a major problem and individuals experiencing homelessness are severely impacted, especially when hurricanes or pandemics hit communities. #Communitiesmatter

Eastern Shoshone Recovery Strategic Plan 2021-2022

Every year ESR hosts a retreat for staff and invites the AKA team to join in a 2-3day planning session that captures accomplishments and plans for the upcoming year. These retreats are not what you would expect. This year we met at a remote cabin in Wyoming and enjoyed lots of laughs, excellent food, walks in nature, and we even watched Reservation Dogs. Over three days’ conversations shifted from our favorite movies and concerts to more serious topics like unresolved trauma, grief, loss, abstinence, and even paradigmatic differences in how people heal and recover. Our role is to advocates and support ESR’s overall strategic plan. We capture what is being said, identify strengths and weaknesses for each of the Medicine Wheel domains, and create recommendations and strategies that link the various ESR programs and funding with what staff need to be successful in the upcoming year. This report does not do the strategic planning retreat justice (you had to be there) but it does help ESR and our team be intentional in the work that we do and how we do it. #recovery #prevention

ESR Native Connections Year 1 Report
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