The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe settled in the area now known as Central Minnesota in the mid-1700s. Numbering over 4,000 members, the tribal government provides a range of services including comprehensive primary care and behavioral health care for members. For over ten years, it has also provided an outpatient substance abuse treatment program as well as a halfway house at its headquarters in Onamia, Minnesota.
Treatment and Staff
After an assessment, clients are placed on the Partial-Hospitalization Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or the standard outpatient track. Most clients enter treatment at the PHP or IOP level and then step down to standard outpatient, which is also referred to as the “Continuing Care” track.
PHP clients attend group therapy four days a week for four weeks. IOP clients attend groups at least two days a week for six weeks. Continuing Care clients have weekly one-hour group sessions for 12 weeks. IOP and PHP clients also have weekly individual therapy.
In addition to therapy, clients are asked to attend at least one 12-step meeting each week. Mille Lacs hosts on-site AA/NA meetings twice each week. It also hosts two Wellbriety meetings, a culturally-sensitive peer support framework that use principles of Native American spiritual traditions.
Groups are led by addiction counselors with the LADC and UMICAD (Upper Midwest Council on Addictive Disorders) certifications. Clients with co-occurring disorders can receive treatment from Master’s-level therapists in the Mille Lacs’ behavioral health department.
Mille Lacs also offers gender-specific therapy groups for anger management and domestic violence treatment, and it hosts a Women’s Talking Circle. The reservation has a Sobriety Feast at different locations on the last Tuesday and Thursday of the month, in which guest speakers share insights on recovery and addiction.
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe provides members with comprehensive outpatient treatment that uses both evidence-based therapy and culturally-sensitive peer support activities including Wellbriety meetings, Women’s Talking Circles and a monthly Sobriety Feast. With its structured step-down treatment plans, clients can be assured that they’ll have the opportunity to integrate their new tools while receiving the on-going support of the treatment team and their peers.
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Behavioral Health Clinic
43408 Oodena Dr
Onamia, MN 56359
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Cost: Accepts Insurance and offers sliding scale and treatment grants to low-income clients. Reach Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Outpatient by phone at (320) 532-8911 x7776. Find Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe on Facebook
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