Rocky Boy gets grant to fight drugs, suicide
John Paul Schmidt
Participants at Monday's grant presentation at Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation gather in a circle.
The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is giving a $220,000 planning grant to Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation to develop programs to help people in emotional distress.
Bruce Myers, the Republican candidate for House District 32, said that he was surprised but pleased that SAMHSA, a federal program, approved the grant.
"It seems like the stars are all lined up," said Myers, who is spearheading an anti-drug program on the reservation.
SAMSHA officials were on the reservation Monday to announce the grant and to listen to tribal officials talk about the program.
As part of the presentation to SAMHSA officials, Tim Rosette, CEO of Rocky Boy's Health Board, proposed a change to the Chippewa Cree Tribal Justice Center that would allow it to begin accepting youths for inpatient treatment.
Myers said the new facility has a 20-bed area that is not being used because it does not have the proper licenses and certifications.
"It could be a regional treatment f...
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