Our Approach


We utilize a holistic model linking culturally relevant substance abuse treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention for American Indians in an urban environment.

  • The treatment component includes substance abuse and mental health counseling, as well as medical referrals
  • Rehabilitation includes educational and job training, housing referrals, and aftercare counseling to support re-entry into the community
  • Prevention involves wellness education, parenting skills, and traditional American Indian spiritual and cultural values

Through diligence and constant attention to quality care, our approach to recovery has become the model of excellence for American Indian recovery programs.

For years, our program has been cited as an exemplary organization by the Indian Health Service for outstanding achievement and clinical innovation. We have provided management training and technical assistance to Indian Health Service providers at the request and funding of California Indian Health Service.

We're nationally accredited by CARF—the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities—and are fully licensed and certified by the California State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.

We have documented the following client outcomes for FY 2011-12:

  • 85% of clients were American Indian. 45% of clients represented California tribes. The majority of non-California Native clients were Navajo, at 27%.
  • Alcohol was noted as a primary problem area for 75% of all adult clients.
  • Drugs were noted a primary problem area for 70% of all adult clients. Amphetamine is the most common drug of choice among those who listed “drugs” as their primary issue, representing over 50%.

Client improvements were noted in five major domains (from intake to discharge and 6-month follow-up):

  1. Abstinence from alcohol and/or drugs increased from 39% to 99%
  2. Injection Drug Use decreased from 11% to 0%
  3. Employment increased from 3% to 10%
  4. Criminal-free behavior, including the number of clients being arrest-free increased from 55% to 92%
  5. Social Connectedness increased from 61% to 87%

View the latest 2017 quarterly report here.