Behavioral Health Services

Behavioral Health Services

Access To Recovery

Anishnaabek Healing Circle Access to Recovery

 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) has awarded a new three year Access to Recovery (ATR) grant to the Inter-Tribal Council (ITC) of Michigan, Inc in the amount of $7,866,666. ATR grants are authorized under Sections 501(d)(5) and 509 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended and are financed by 2014 Prevention and Public Health Funds (PPHF-2014). The grants are highly competitive with awards going to five states and one tribal organization – the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan. The Access to Recovery initiative provides vouchers for clients with substance abuse problems to choose treatment and recovery support services within a network of providers.

The new grant award marks the third consecutive Access to Recovery (ATR) grant to the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan and collaborating tribes. Since 2007, over 7000 individual tribal citizens and family members have received services to support their treatment and recovery.  The Anishnaabek Healing Circle ATR promotes healing from inter-generational trauma and addiction, while supporting tribal self-determination through community healing.

The collaborating tribal partners are the twelve federally recognized tribes in Michigan: Bay Mills Indian Community, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa/Chippewa Indians, Hannahville Indian Community, Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Potawatomi, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the American Indian Health and Family Services urban center in Detroit.

The program provides vouchers for clients to choose substance abuse treatment and recovery support services, accessed through any of the behavioral health departments operated by the tribes.  The service area encompasses 52 of Michigan’s 83 counties. The project serves citizens of the collaborating tribes and citizens of other federally recognized, state-recognized, and Canadian tribes residing in the project service area.  Non-Native family members and descendants are also eligible.  The project serves clients ages 12 and older.  All clients must have a past or present problem with alcohol or other drugs.

The Anishnaabek Healing Circle Access to Recovery program provides Native Americans and their family members seeking drug and alcohol treatment with vouchers allowing them a greater range of choice in selecting the services most appropriate for their needs. The new grant will allow clients to choose from a wide range of clinical treatment and recovery support options, including traditional, culturally-based options. Key services provided through the program include outreach, screening and assessment, care coordination, community and individual readiness, residential and outpatient treatment, cultural and spiritual healing, peer recovery mentoring, co-occurring treatment, transitional housing, and transportation support.

Program Director for the Anishnaabek Healing Circle is Eva Petoskey, M.S., a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa.  The website can be viewed for contact information and location of the collaborating tribal partners.  For more information on the Access to Recovery grant program and SAMHSA, visit

Mental Health Aging Initiative

Each of the seven participating Tribes will receive an equitable distribution of small grants which are used to meet tribally identified needs of the tribal elderly, with the overall goal of preventing mental health problems by providing functions that reduce isolation and provide educational sessions/and or functions that address the key issues of anxiety reduction, depression, coping methods and reduction of isolation and loneliness.

Mental Health

Funds provided to seven participating tribes to sustain an ethnic sensitive approach to the delivery of mental health services including treatment, prevention, and awareness activities for native American members of Michigan Indian Tribes: and to promote/support on site placement of ethnic sensitive mental health treatment professionals.

Behavioral Health Staff

 Eva Petoskey, ATR Director Meredith Kennedy, Project Manager
 Sheila Hammock, Client Access and Follow-up Coordinator  Connie DePlonty, Voucher Coordinator