Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Maehnowesekiyah Wellness Center Prevention Programs

The Maehnowesekiyah Wellness Center (MWC) provides prevention services for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. The 235,000 acre Menominee Reservation is located in northeast Wisconsin and has a population of 3800. Thirty-three percent of that population is younger than 18 years of age and 32 percent live below the federal poverty level.

MWC has recognized the need for effective prevention services due to the major problems of alcohol and drug abuse in the community. Several years ago, MWC began implementing evidence-based prevention programs such as Project Alert and Protecting You/Protecting Me in the local schools as well as locally-developed cultural programs, Menominee Teaching Lodge and Winter Roundhouse, as pathways for prevention.

Over the years, MWC has made gains in evaluating its substance abuse prevention programs through the use of technical assistance, such as that offered through SAMHSA’s Native American Service to Science Academy. MWC has developed a solid logic model to guide program evaluation and built a database for storing information collected from its program participants. To further enhance its evaluation capacity, MWC has been funded to revise data collection instruments for its school-based prevention programs and update its database accordingly, provide incentives to encourage students to complete survey instruments, purchase additional licenses for analytic software and train key prevention staff on how to use such software, and develop evaluation plans for its cultural programs Winter Roundhouse and Teaching Lodge.

 

Contact

Shannon Wilber
Director
Maehnowesekiyah Wellness Center
N2150 Kesaehkahtek
Gresham WI 54128
Phone: (715) 799-3835
swiler@mitw.org