The Lummi Nation and Antioch University Seattle are partners in the implementation of a six-year, $6.5 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The federal grant is for the development of culturally-based services for Lummi Nation children and the creation of a tribal infrastructure that ensures the sustainability of these services.
Dr. Cassandra Manuelito-Kervliet, president of Antioch Seattle and a Navajo tribal member said, “It is an honor to be partnering with the Lummi Nation in this important project. We intend to build on the success of our other Native-focused programs, including the work of the Center for Native Education with early college initiatives and the First Peoples’ education, management and strategic communication graduate programs.”
Antioch will provide the clinical services and a range of technical training services for local providers, including wellness activities and community workshops. Antioch also will conduct program research and evaluation.
“This is a phenomenal opportunity for Antioch faculty and clinical graduate students to work with the Lummi Nation in delivering culturally relevant, evidence based practices, said Dr. Catherine Koverola, dean of Antioch’s School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy. “The full implementation of this grant will likely transform this community and will result in sustainable services that ensure that the youth and families are able to live physically and emotionally healthy lives.”