NTC Behavioral Health Strategic Plan
NTC Behavioral Health ensures that client and consumer input is requested and collected to help determine the expectations and preferences of our clients, community members, and stakeholders in order to improve treatment services and outreach. This is done through the Strategic Plan process, community surveys, suggestion box, grievance/ complaint/ feedback collection process, Interagency Cooperative Group monthly meetings, the Performance Improvement Plan, and the consumer quality process measures.
Strategic planning will reflect 1) expectations of persons served through community surveys addressing the demographics of the service area and service area needs, 2) feedback via grievances and client status reviews, 3) expectations of stakeholders through community surveys and feedback from the Interagency Cooperative Group, 4) be revised based on financial opportunities and threats and information from the performance improvement analysis and risk management plan analysis, 6) will be provided to stakeholders and community members upon request.
Based on the community surveys conducted with community members, local Ninilchik school, Ninilchik Community Forum, Alaska State Troopers, and community stakeholders, the common themes identified as ‘in need’ surrounded prevention and intervention programs targeting youth and overall community education through panels and information.
Ninilchik Traditional Council Behavioral Health’s five year goals are to 1) educate people within the Ninilchik tribal boundaries of behavioral health program services, and 2) provide prevention and education on issues identified as important by community members in the strategic planning survey. The goals proposed are designed to have a beneficial effect on the community’s reported sense of well-being and positively influence community climate.
Data collected in community surveys indicates community members are interested in information panels on different topics related to current trends in the community such as substance addiction and other social-emotional issues. The NTCBH services will provide community panels of local experts addressing topics identified by community members in surveys and feedback at community meetings.
Plan: The NTCBH services will provide three (3) educational panels annually to address current trends and issues in the community. NTCBH services will solicit educated experts to assist in education panels.
Resources: NTC Subsistence building for panel location; NTC Elder’s Outreach Coordinator and BH staff to provide meals; NTC medical and behavioral health staff.
NTCBH will continue to conduct surveys within the community to include community members, the Ninilchik school, and community stakeholders along with information from suggestions, complaints, and performance improvement indicators to help determine current trends and changes in community needs. All data will be used to design programming and education based on community feedback.
Based on the community survey conducted summer 2012, the Ninilchik Community has indicated that activities for teens are needed to reduce alcohol and substance use and promote healthy relationships.
The NTCBH program will join with the Kenai Peninsula Fairground (KPF) to continue the Teen Center, a program “safe zone” that is alcohol and substance free, run by chaperones, and is designed to provide a healthy and fun environment for youth with alternative activities to alcohol and drug use. It will be open to all Ninilchik school age youth 12 to 17.
Plan: The NTCBH strategic plan program goal is to reduce alcohol and substance use among teens ages 12 – 17 by providing a place for productive activities and education on healthy choices and relationships. The NTCBH program will provide opportunities for volunteering in the community with elders and enhancing community involvement.
1. Provide non-confrontational education to youth on healthy choices, healthy relationships, and alcohol and substance abuse;
2. Provide a nonthreatening environment for youth to spend time in alternative healthy activities;
3. Enlist volunteers to assist with monitoring the teen room and potentially opening additional days per month.
Resources: Parent volunteers, NTCBH staff, NTC funding for youth programming, Fundraising opportunities, Ninilchik Community Forum – funding of 1,000.00 from the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Solicit community stakeholders to monetarily sponsor teen center in exchange for teens volunteering in community with elders and other programs.
Youth Pro-Social Activities
Data collected in community surveys indicates community members are interested in youth alcohol/ substance prevention education and other social-emotional issues. The NTCBH services will provide community activities for youth, families, and elders addressing topics identified by community surveys.
Plan: The NTCBH services will provide monthly psychosocial educational activities that are family oriented in the Ninilchik community in order to increase social skills, self-esteem, and a sense of community among youth, prevention of drugs and alcohol, and to address current identified trends in the community youth. The NTCBH will also utilize Native Youth Olympics (NYO) for these purposes.
Resources: NTC Subsistence building for activities location; NTC Elder’s Outreach Coordinator, NTC medical and behavioral health staff to provide education.