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Yurok Health and Human Services Department, Yurok Tribe

Counties: Del Norte, Humboldt, Trinity

Project Years: YOR I Project (2018-2020)
YOR II Project (2020-2022)

YOR I Project Name:  Yurok Youth Opioid Response

Project Description: Yurok provided outreach and engagement to Yurok Tribal youth and families at risk and with OUD.  Planned outreach included community engagement/events, cultural mentoring, education events, development and distribution of outreach materials, and social media campaign.  Prevention and intervention included youth groups using American Indian Life Skills, Peers offering Education Wisdom and Respect (POWER), cultural mentoring individua and group, screening, referrals, and case management. Case management was provided to those who are at highest risk and in need of treatment and other assistance. The coordinator worked with MAT, SUD, and other providers to develop memorandums of understanding (MOUs) for increasing and streamlining of referrals, access, and joint training opportunities.

YOR II Project Name: Yurok Youth Opioid Response Program (YYOR)

Partner Agencies:

  • Yurok Tribe Wellness Coalition, Yurok Tribal Court
  • Yurok Tribe Education
  • Two Feathers Native American Family Services
  • Department of Health and Human Services; Humboldt/Del Norte Counties
  • Northern California Indian Development Council
  • INC
  • United Indian Health Services
  • K’ima:w Medical Center
  • Rx Safe-Humboldt/Del Norte Counites

Project Description: Our mission is to address opioid/stimulant use disorders (OUD/StUDs) among Yurok youth ages 12-24, providing access to services such as intervention, screening, assessment, and comprehensive case management. Continued focus is on stigma reduction and accessing services, including Medication-Assisted Treatment. Youth response programming aims to increase contingency planning to include culturally relevant treatment and recovery services. We are guided by our values of cultural responsiveness, family engagement, and youth-driven, trauma-informed practice.  Also, YYOR is about strengthening our partnerships; we are engaging, networking, and developing agreements with community partners, such as health care systems and mental health service providers serving the most rural demographics of both Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. The intended outcome of our approach is to increase sustainable access to treatment and intervention services for Yurok youth and their families that have been impacted by OUD/StUDs.

Primary Contacts:
Name: Annelia Hillman
Position: Yurok Health and Human Services Program Outreach Services Manager
Agency: Yurok Tribe
Email: ahillman@yuroktribe.nsn.us
Phone: (530) 625 – 4130 x1619

Name: Alita Redner
Position: ICWA/Behavioral Health Division Director, Yurok Health and Human Services Department
Agency: Yurok Tribe
Email: aredner@yuroktribe.nsn.us
Phone: 530-625-4130

Website: www.yuroktribe.org/yurok-youth