The goal of the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe Health and Social Services Department is to provide health care, social services, drug and alcohol prevention, aftercare rehabilitation, and alcohol counseling to children, youth, adults, and elders of the community in a manner that reflects cultural beliefs.
The priority is to create safe and healthy paths to bridge the differences between the Sauk Suiattle culture and the majority culture.
Through the provision of these services, and maintaining a congruency between culture and the regulating standards, we will move towards self sufficiency, provide the continuity to link our generations, and promote the growth of a strong people.
The clinic has 611 SF and is owned and operated by the Tribe. The Tribe’s Contract Health Service Delivery Area (CHSDA) is Snohomish and Skagit Counties. The Tribe operates a small outpatient clinic with a public health nurse that provides direct medical care four days per week. Additional medical care is available via a “fee for service” contract, with the Darrington Health Clinic. The Tribe also operates programs: elder care, alcohol/substance abuse, mental health and social services and youth intervention services. The Tribe does not bill Medicare or Medicaid. Programs are operated under a P.L. 93-638, Title I contract with the IHS.
Sauk Suiattle Indian Tribe Departments of Health and Social Services, in Darrington, WA, provides substance, drug and alcohol treatment programs with a combined focus on mental health services as well as substance abuse rehab. This addiction treatment center also provides programs specifically for teen rehab and dual diagnosis treatment. This treatment facility offers a combined nine services and payment methods including: two extra services or special programs: criminal justice and DUI/DWI Treatment;
one housing program option: outpatient;
six payment methods: Access to Recovery Vouchers, private insurance, military insurance, self pay, state financed and Medicare.
The treatment center provides outpatient care. There are special groups and programs for persons with co-occuring mental and substance abuse disorders, DUI and DWI offenders, and criminal justice groups. No special language services are available. Payments via medicaid, state financed insurance, medicare, private insurance, military insurance, and access to recovery voucher are accepted. Payment assistance is offered by way of case by case basis (check with facility for specifics).
The active health clinic user population is 175. The leading causes of death are heart disease, malignant neoplasm, cirrhosis of the liver, accidents other than motor vehicle, and cerebrovascular disease. There were 65 Active users in 2002.