Since 1997, Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Health Clinic (KIC) has provided men, women and adolescents of the Ketchikan Indian Tribe with outpatient care for substance abuse in Ketchikan, Alaska. Anyone who is a tribal member is eligible for a wide variety of no-fee behavioral and related health care services.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment at KIC begins with an on-site assessment and screening performed by certified substance abuse clinicians. These can be scheduled in advance or a walk-in service. Individuals and counselors then formulate individualized treatment plans. During treatment, personal goals are reviewed and, when necessary, plans are modified based on mutual client and counselor agreement. There are also weekly reviews to make sure needs are being met and progress is being made.
The outpatient substance use disorder program at KIC follows the philosophy, principles and procedures of the Tribal Alcohol Program (TAP). It is available to adults and adolescents and is based on the principles of education, prevention and clinical care. Education and prevention are concerned with the motivations for and effects of substance abuse, while clinical care provides a firm structure for recovery from assessment to release.
The outpatient program consists of regularly scheduled one-on-one sessions with counselors and weekly group meetings, with CBT as the main treatment method. Regular follow-up meetings help in addressing continued sobriety issues and serve to assess the effectiveness of KIC’s treatment programs.
The staff at KIC is made up of licensed substance abuse counselors, family counselors, social workers and case managers. The staff-to-client ratio is one-to-seven. While TAP is not 12-step affiliated, the facility does encourage alumni to attend AA as an aftercare measure.
Adolescent services include substance abuse education and prevention workshops such as Alcohol and Drug Information Schools (ADIS) for at-risk youth. These programs can be facilitated at KIC or presented in-school for larger groups.
KIC also provides domestic violence prevention and treatment, batterer’s intervention services, fetal alcohol screening and referral, and family and elderly support services. Counseling sessions with individuals and family members can be facilitated by request. Other family therapy includes counseling for those with family members struggling with substance abuse. Family members learn relationship building, how to help prevent relapse and how to improve communication.
Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Health Clinic provides basic outpatient care to members of the Ketchikan Indian tribe, all at no cost. Though this facility is too remote for most to seek out, those in the vicinity should find it a valuable resource.
Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Health Clinic
2960 Tongass Ave
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Health Clinic Cost: Free to tribal members (30 days). Reach Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Health Clinic by phone at (907) 228-9270. Find Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Health Clinic on Facebook
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