ABOUT NEBRASKA URBAN INDIAN HEALTH COALITION
Located in Omaha, Neb., the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition (NUIHC) provides residential treatment, outpatient treatment, and sober living services. In operation since 1986, it is one of Nebraska’s 79 private, non-profit treatment facilities). The program specifically caters to American Indians and Alaska Natives living in the greater Omaha area. Medically monitored detox services are not available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The program at NUIHC is one of the three facilities in Nebraska that provide services targeted at specific minority or subcategory groups. The program is designed for American and Alaskan Natives and is one of eight facilities that provide services through tribal governments.
Residential treatment takes place at the Intertribal Treatment Center and lasts 60 to 90 days, making one of Nebraska’s 27 long-term treatment facilities. To participate, clients must be tribally enrolled. It consists of individual and group counseling, as well as educational workshops.
The outpatient program is also offered as an intensive outpatient program (IOP) that meets three times per week for at least 10 hours total each week. Clients participate in individual and group therapy. The treatment methods used at the NUIHC are focused on the specific needs of native tribes including spiritual, educational, and holistic approaches.
The sober living facility is called Eagle Heights Transitional Housing Program. After an assessment, a plan is created to help transition clients from a residential treatment program to the real world. The focus is on learning daily living skills and practicing relapse prevention. Staff work with clients to access healthcare and to find a job and become financially secure. Only 26.4 percent of Nebraska’s treatment facilities offer employment training and support during treatment.
The facility offers other programs for youth suicide prevention and drug education, as well as HIV testing and counseling. In Nebraska, HIV education is rare and found in 11.2 percent of the treatment facilities.
The treatment team consists of physicians, licensed drug and alcohol counselors, case managers, and professional counselors. Nearly half of the treatment team consists of Natives while many of the staff members have completed a treatment program.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The residential treatment program and sober living homes are smoke-free facilities. Clients are asked to bring a 60- to 90-day supply of any medication that they are taking. Each facility has access to communal spaces and sleeping spaces. Clients meet with counselors in private and semi-private spaces for counseling services. Many of the alternative treatment activities happen outdoors as well. The sober living facility has 10 beds. Clients have access to a shared kitchen, tablets, and cable. All utilities are paid by the facility.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
On NUIHC’s Facebook page, which the facility has the ability to edit, seven ratings averaged five out of five stars. Alum Jeffrey wrote: “It's a positive place for native American who need a little help.thanks for the journey.” Bobby added: "The counselors r great, the staff is like family to me and NUIHC is like home base!!!"
Additionally, on Google to date, there is a single five out of five star review to date, without any written commentary.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
One loved one submitted a review about NUIHC to Rehabs.com to date. Although the review was largely positive, with four out of five stars for exercise and leisure, holistic offerings, cleanliness, and staff experience, the loved one wasn’t impressed with the facility’s counseling options for mental health issues. The anonymous loved one wrote: “no mental health options. so many times there are mental health issues that need to be dealt with at the same time.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
One former staff member left a two out of five star review about Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition. The staff member gave positive feedback about the culturally-oriented treatment program. However, the staff member indicated that the facility was not “a very honest business” and that treatment only was available for “people or tribes who have funding.”
Payment options include private health insurance and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. NUIHC is one of the 51 facilities that accept Medicare as well as Medicaid. For those who need additional financial assistance to pay for treatment, discounted fees are available for those who meet certain criteria. The sober living house costs $300 each month, and $100 of this fee goes into a savings account for the client.
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