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White Earth Circle Back Center selected by OJJDP to develop ‘how to manual’ for other tribes to follow



WHITE EARTH, MINN. – The White Earth Circle Back Center (CBC) and two other tribes have been selected by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to produce a ‘how to manual’ for other tribes to follow. This manual will detail how to put a program together from start to finish and most importantly how to implement the program.  OJJDP officials have also asked these tribes for improvement solutions on how they can better assist other tribes in the future.

The Circle Back Center is a tribal licensed substance abuse treatment facility for youth.  Established in 2012, the Center is an interrogated co-occurring treatment facility, which means that a mental health provider and a substance abuse counselor work hand in hand to facilitate aftercare treatment groups, which is supported with substance abuse case management services in an effort to provide a more holistic type of treatment specifically for Native youth. The Circle Back Center’s substance abuse case management services provide assistance to the clients and to their families so they may stay informed as the client moves through the recovery process. Moreover, the Circle Back Center staff utilizes the support all White Earth youth services first before resorting to using outside resources.

The White Earth Circle Back Center has been one of the successful programs OJJDP have funded thus far and therefore has been given the opportunity to help other tribes build similar programs like theirs in other Native American communities. Work for this manual has already begun using grant reports and summaries that have been sent in on a quarterly basis. This month, a more detailed interview will take place with CBC staff that will be used by OJJDP to develop the manual further by utilizing more detailed information and real life experiences. This manual will then be given out to future Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) grantees to follow.  

 “This is great news for everyone that has participated in establishing the Circle Back Center here,” said Joe Tonihka, Circle Back Center manager.  “My staff has done a wonderful job serving the youth of the White Earth Nation.  The opportunity given to us by OJJDP to share our mission and vision with others is very exciting.”