WHEREAS, Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) is an Alaska Native tribal health and social services consortium established by the Interior Alaska tribes and tribal communities, to provide a unified voice in advancing sovereign tribal governments through the promotion of physical and mental wellness, education, socioeconomic development and culture of the Interior Alaska Native; and
WHEREAS, with the high rate of alcohol and drug abuse within the State of Alaska we are noticing many clients within the Tanana Chiefs Conference region that are in need of alcohol detox treatment ; and
WHEREAS, the villages see clients that are in desperate need of help to safely detox from alcohol, but will not go because of the bill they later receive; and
WHEREAS, there is currently a detox treatment facility in Fairbanks that many of our clients do not want to go to for help because of the huge bill they will receive upon returning home; and
WHEREAS, we wish for our clients to not have to worry about a bill when they are trying to physically and mentally be sober; and
WHEREAS, we see a need for a Tanana Chiefs Conference operated Detox Treatment Facility, covered by Indian Health Services, where our clients can go debt free to receive this life saving detox treatment.
WHEREAS, TCC provides medical oversight to FNA Detox and FNA has contracted with TCC for medical provider coverage; and
WHEREAS, FNA Detox has expanded expertise and capacity for detoxification of opioids and meth addictions; and
WHEREAS, FNA Detox services are billed to insurance, when insurance is available and covers detox services, and billed to the individual client if no other resources are available. FNA will work clients on payment plans for those with limited resources.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the TCC Full Board of Directors directs TCC to work with FNA to seek alternate funding solutions that eliminate a barrier to care and would allow people without insurance coverage or financial resources, to receive these services without the fear of receiving unaffordable bills; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that TCC and FNA will work collaboratively to ensure there are adequate services for the continuing care in our communities.
Submitted by: Ruby Tribal Council
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