The goal of Native American Community Services (NACS) is to deliver quality mental health and substance use treatment, other supportive services (advocacy and supports coordination), and provide information that encourages healthy lifestyles for Native Americans living in Kent County. The program strives to ensure the information and services provided are culturally relevant and age appropriate.
The continuum of services includes but is not limited to:
Psychiatric Evaluation and Treatment (Medication Reviews)
Referral to Community Resources
Community Cultural Activities
Supportive Services (Advocacy and Supports Coordination)
Elder’s Outreach (use this link for information Elder’s Outreach Program)
Objective: To provide outpatient treatment and support and service coordination services to Native Americans in Kent County who have mental health needs, substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders or who are at risk of becoming seriously mentally ill and/or developing a substance use disorder. These services aim to reduce the incidence of mental health and substance use disorders and improve overall functioning for individuals with behavioral, emotional, and/or mental health symptoms within the Native American population. In addition, the Elder’s Outreach Program provides supportive services for individuals in the Native American community ages 55 and above.
Eligibility: Individuals who reside in Kent County who are of Native American heritage and/or are the significant other of a Native American individual (spouse, child, parent). Individuals experiencing chronic or acute symptoms associated with mental illness or substance use disorders and/or are at risk for developing a disorder are eligible for services. Risk factors may include teenage pregnancy, homelessness, unemployment, substance use or medical issues that precipitate the need for emotional support. Individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders are eligible and welcomed into this service. The Elder’s Outreach Program requires that individuals are a Native American or the spouse/child of a Native American, are 55 or older, and in need of support services.
Pregnant women, women with children, and those involved with child welfare are a priority for treatment.
Funding: Funding for outpatient services, support, and service coordination for individuals with mental health and/or substance use issues is provided by Network 180, fee for service, third party payments, Medicaid, private insurance, and the donor community. Funding for Elder’s Outreach is provided by the Area Agency on Aging.
For further information contact NACS at our main office:
1939 S. Division
Grand Rapids, MI 49507