Missoula uses All Nations Health to provide care at the Trinity Navigation Center

Picture of an affordable housing project and a navigation center under construction on Mullan Road and West Broadway.

The affordable housing project, which is ready to be completed next summer, will include comprehensive services for those in need and, when opened, the All Nations Health Service will provide care.

Members of the Missoula City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved an agreement with the organization to work with the city as design partners and staff at the Trinity Navigation Center.

City officials said they chose All Nations after a wide search, saying it was best for Missoula and its goals for the navigation center and its efforts for the homeless.

Skye McGinty, executive director of All Nations, said the organization has grown over the past 50 years to serve a diverse intertribal population that includes all eight tribal nations in Montana, along with nearly 60 other tribal nations in the United States, especially those in the United States. the northwestern Pacific.

All nations began by providing a range of behavioral health services to patients in Missoula, primarily focused on outpatient chemical dependency and substance abuse services. McGinty said it was largely tied to the funding he received at the time.

Behavioral health services now remain at the heart of the organization and its psychotherapy sessions are widely used. It currently serves more than 2,000 registered clients in Missoula and Ravali counties and also offers first aid.

McGinty said the center’s care combines local knowledge and Western medicine to address “whole face health,” including physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.

“We are really trying to embrace all our comprehensive services under this lens, under this injury-aware lens of resilience,” McGinty said. “Whoever this person who enters our door, local or non-local, enters with many different personal and cultural traumas and intergenerational traumas that we want to help them heal.”

Since 2018, All Nation’s has introduced a local medical team that does everything from newborn care to adults. They have recently added dentistry and continue to offer cultural classes, McGinty said.

With her approach to medicine and culture, she believes that the center will be suitable for the management of the Trinity Navigation Center.

“We are trying to do a number of different things. “Whether it’s excursions to gather fruit and roots, make regalia or make moccasins, we’re really just trying to touch on that cultural connection,” she said. “We try to be holistic as a one-stop shop for all our customers.”

Currently, about 70% of the All Nation patient population is local and 30% is non-local. On the local population, Blackfeet represents 44% of the customers, followed by the Confederate Salish and Kootenai tribes with 13% and Chippewa Cree with 8%.

Culturally based care is the organization’s most attractive product, McGinty said.

“This is really at the heart of our entire service delivery,” she said. “We receive feedback from our local and non-local patients. We have a mix of traditional local knowledge with Western medicine that you don’t have access to anywhere else in Missoula.

The Trinity project includes 200 affordable homes on two different sites, about 130 of which are located on Mullan Road and West Broadway. This building will also include the on-site navigation center, where the Health Service of All Nations will provide a range of intensive services.

Housing experts believe the navigation center is likely to serve a disproportionate number of locals when it opens, although it will be open to anyone who qualifies for care.

City Council member Heidi West said more details would emerge in the future, including a potential request for funding.

“Obviously funding will be needed to run this center,” West said.

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