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Muscogee (Creek) Nation Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services Awarded $8,291,875



August 11, 2017

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services Awarded $8,291,875

•Funds Address Substance Abuse and Substance Misuse in Indian Country.

OKMULGEE, Okla.— The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health (MCNDH) Behavioral Health Services (BHS) is pleased to announce the receipt of a five-year grant award, including annual funding of $1,658,375. This opportunity is funded by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).

This grant will fund a new program known as Many Paths-SBIRT through MCNDH BHS. The new program will focus on a practical approach called “Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment,” or “SBIRT,” and will support earlier diagnosis and treatment of substance misuse. Studies show that SBIRT can be a cost-effective way to prevent more serious complications from substance abuse. Many Paths- SBIRT will screen adults in primary care for substance misuse and substance use disorders (SUD). On February 6, 2017 a pilot program was implemented into the Koweta Indian Health Center.

“This is a chance at early intervention and prevention for American Indian people in our communities” said Michael Burnside, SBIRT Project Director. Mr. Burnside went on to say “Many Paths is a non-judgmental approach to work with adults who suffer from alcohol and substance use disorders.”

If you have any questions about Many Paths-SBIRT please contact Muscogee (Creek) Nation Behavioral Health Services at 918-758-1910.


This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. would this program help drug abuse. Or is it for certain substances. I just need clarification on what substances this covers. An who is eligable.Thank you Paula

    1. Hi Paula,

      This program addresses all substance and alcohol abuse for adults 18 and over. Eligibility is based on a screening score that determines dependency and those at risk of becoming dependent. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Okmulgee and Koweta clinics screen all patients who come in for a primary care appointment. For more information, please call MCN Behavioral health at: (918) 758-1910.



        1. Hello,

          This is different as this program screens patients through our normal MCN health facilities. If inpatient services are need, they are referred outside of the MCN Health network and return for outpatient services.



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