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    Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives Experiencing Homelessness in California: Strategies for Addressing Housing Insecurities and Substance Use Disorder

    California Department of Health Care Services

    Year: 2022

    The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) funded the USC Keck School of Medicine, a Tribal Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Project partner, to lead a unique opportunity to conduct a statewide needs assessment among urban and rural American Indian and Alaska Native communities (AIAN) experiencing homelessness in California. This project stemmed from a recommendation highlighted in the statewide needs assessment report titled, “Addressing the Opioid Crisis in American Indian & Alaska Native Communities in California: A Statewide Needs Assessment” which can be found here: https://ipr.usc.edu/index.php/aian-needs-assessment/. This report includes information from community interviews and focus groups among adult key informants (n=33), Native youth (n=84) and Native adults (n=163). The goal of this project was to provide an assessment among AIANs experiencing homelessness with the overall goal of reducing overdose-related deaths by identifying gaps in prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

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