Partnering with the Quinault Indian Nation to develop a community-based contingency management intervention

Project Type(s):

Principal Investigator(s):

Indigenous knowledge remains strong in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities despite colonization, postcolonial efforts to assimilate and eradicate AI/AN people, present-day inequities and structural racism. Despite strength and resilience, AI/AN populations have high rates of unintentional overdose and death by suicide. There is an urgent need for evidence-based, culturally responsive approaches to increase protective factors against substance use and mental illness in AI/AN communities.

This study is a partnership between University of Washington researchers and the Quinault Indian Nation’s behavioral health providers and community. We will design a culturally adapted community-based contingency management intervention to increase positive reinforcement for adolescents and young adults at risk for substance use and mental illness. This intervention will focus on community identified target behaviors rather than abstinence. By prioritizing the needs of the community we will develop an intervention that is effective, usable and sustainable.

Project Period:
January 1, 2024 December 31, 2024

Funding Type(s):

Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions

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Practice Type(s):
Community Mental Health/Health Center/Faith Health Center, Rural

Patient Population(s):
Adolescents, Adults

Targeted Condition(s):
General Mental Well-Being, Substance use disorders/misuse