Since 1973, The Tule River Indian Health Center, Inc. has provided primary care, mental health and substance abuse treatment services to the Tule River tribe members. Located in California’s Sierra Foothills, near Porterville, the tribe has occupied the area since 1873 and currently numbers 1,800 members—with 1,100 living on the reservation. Outpatient substance abuse treatment at TRIHC uses both evidence-based treatment and culturally-sensitive practices from the White Bison movement.
Treatment and Staff
After an assessment, clients receive a treatment plan that includes group therapy once a week and individual therapy at least once a week. Clients are also asked to attend two AA or NA meetings each week, which are held on the reservation, and participate in a Talking Circle once a week. Clients begin treatment with a three-month commitment to the program, which they can extend as they see fit.
Therapy is provided by a CATC, and a psychologist visits the reservation once a week to provide dual diagnosis support. In the interim, clients can also meet with therapists online through the reservation’s participation in a tele-therapy program with the University of California at Davis.
For aftercare, clients are encouraged to continue attending the Talking Circle and can call the Health Center to check in and arrange individual therapy sessions for continuing support.
The Tule River Indian Health Center offers medium- and long-term standard outpatient treatment for members of the Tule River tribe. Encompassing both evidence-based therapy and culturally-sensitive peer support, the program provides significant individual attention and follow-up support.
Tule River Indian Health Center
380 N. Reservation Rd
Porterville, CA 93257
Tule River Indian Health Center Cost: No cost for tribe members. Reach Tule River Indian Health Center by phone at (559) 784-2316. Find Tule River Indian Health Center on Facebook
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