Nevada Urban Indians is a non-profit community services and healthcare organization located in Reno, Nevada. Opened in 1975, the facility for many years offered their services exclusively to individuals who could prove documented Native American descent. While services are still free for Native Americans, in March 2016 NUI extended their services to the general public with a sliding scale fee for non-natives.
In addition to general health care, NUI offers mental health care services and substance abuse treatment on an outpatient basis. DUI services are available as well.
Treatment and Staff
Substance abuse services at NUI are individualized to meet each client’s unique needs. Before a new client enrolls in the program, a full bio-psycho-social assessment is taken to determine the level of care needed. If the client requires medical detox prior to beginning treatment, referrals to a trusted facility are provided. Once they are cleared by the intake staff, these individuals may begin their treatment program as outlined by their case manager.
Depending on each client’s recovery plan, they may attend treatment anywhere from once to five times per week. Clients attend both group and individual therapy. Specialty groups including gender-specific sessions for women and individuals who have endured severe trauma or domestic violence are available at varying times throughout the week. Psychoeducation groups are facilitated for those requiring DUI services for license reinstatement.
Treatment staff use evidence-based practices that also incorporate culturally sensitive principles. Clients are encouraged to attend support groups including 12-step meetings, Rational Recovery, White Bison meetings, Four Winds meetings that include culturally specific spiritual practices like talking circles, sweats and Pow Wows. Dual diagnosis support is also available.
The staff includes a Nurse Practitioner and CADCs. Medication management is not available for those enrolled in the substance abuse track, but assistance with medication may be received through the mental health program. The Victim Services program is also available for all to attend which offers additional support groups and community resources such as vocational assistance and housing assistance.
NUI recently received a grant to include a family program under their services. In the near future, the program will expand to include an LCSW who facilitates meetings and special services for families to participate in.
Nevada Urban Indians has served the local Native American population in Reno for over 40 years. Just recently opening their doors for the general public, now all who are in need of support services are welcome to access quality mental and general health care services. DUI classes, domestic violence services and substance abuse programming are available at little- to no-cost. The facility is constantly growing and strives to help the broader community with the giving spirit of the Native people.
Nevada Urban Indians, Inc.
6512 S. McCarran Blvd, Ste A
Reno, NV 89509
Nevada Urban Indians Cost: Free for Native Americans/sliding scale for non-natives. Reach Nevada Urban Indians by phone at (775) 788-7600 or by email at [email protected]. Find Nevada Urban Indians on Facebook and LinkedIn
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