Lasting Care Model Program

A Kinship System Circle Model: Culturally intrinsic and Dakota specific

An innovative approach to support healing from substance addiction.

  • The lasting care model which is culturally intrinsic and Dakota specific. The continuing care model is designed to provide continuation in the recovery experience and fill in the gaps of aftercare.
  • Best practice in addiction medicine often point to the use of a "continuing care" model to increase the rate of long-term recovery and reduce recidivism.
  • Each person participating has a "circle of care" that supports them on their Healing Journey. Members of the circle are an elder, a trained community facilitator and others who will help meet the person's need for wellness, cultural health and a happier life.
  • The Lasting Care Model is being put into use in the four Dakota communities through the evidence-based Kinship System Circle Model (KSCM) structure.
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Department Contacts

Referrals can be sent to WKBHS Supervisor Abbie Stough, LSW via fax (507) 697-9111 or via e-mail

Call Lori Nelson, Lasting Care Model Facilitator at (507) 697-8677 or (507) 430-2108 for more information on the Lasting Care Model Program.

The goal of the KSCM is to increase sobriety and wellness (wicozani) among tribal members affected by substance addiction by addressing the root causes of addiction through Dakota specific traditional healing support structure, and Native centered approach to healing the effects of historical and current trauma. The long-term vision for this project is that our community will achieve healthier families and reduce fiscal impact on community structure and systems. Working alongside with inpatient and outpatient treatment the facilitator will work with the member client through their healing journey for lifelong recovery success.

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