The Tule River Alcoholism Program (TRAP) was organized in 1979 in response to a recognized need in the community for a Native American alcohol and drug treatment and prevention program that would recognize the unique cultural experience to be found in the Native American community. TRAP offers many services to the Native community such as the Little Creek Lodge in-patient treatment and recovery program, outpatient services, outreach services, prevention services, substance abuse community education services, youth substance abuse services and an aftercare program. These services are outlined below;

Primary Residential Treatment Program (Little Creek Lodge)

Provides a primary treatment program with a capability of housing individuals with specific written primary residential objectives and policies including measurable results expected, consistent with overall program philosophy and objectives. Counselor’s assess and plan the treatment plans for residents based on individual needs.  TRAP provides a minimum of 4 therapeutic treatment modalities with a minimum of 12 hours of structured therapy per resident per week. Supportive services, such as assisting the resident to obtain social, medical, educational or employment services in a manner that reinforces the resident’s skill in problem solving and long-term planning. Twenty-four (24) hours staff coverage and established procedure for dealing with major health and safety emergencies that may arise for the residents. Inpatient program is for one hundred and eighty days (180).

Outpatient Service

Specific written outpatient objectives and policies, including measurable results expected, consistent with overall program philosophy and goals. Assessment and planning of treatment for client based on individual needs. Treatment is in three stages; first 30 days, second 30 days and third 30 days for a total of 90 days.

Outreach Services

Specific written outreach objectives and policies, consistent with overall program philosophy and goals. Provides outreach services to include, but not limited to, jail and court visits, home contact, and liaison with health services agencies within our service area. Provide to the community through this component or others in the program, education on the nature of the problems of alcoholism (including that it is treatable) and information on the services available through the program.

Prevention Services

The written prevention plan identifies the priority groups at high risk in the community and a plan for activities directed at each group. A minimum of six working sessions targeted to high risk groups in the community. At least four community sessions of fetal alcohol syndrome and fetal alcohol effect (FAS/FAE) per year, either by program staff or sponsored by the program. Provides educational/cultural awareness activities to youth. Provides at least 10 hours of substance abuse education to schools servicing the target group. Provide counseling services to youth before substance abuse issues becomes a primary problem. Provide recreational activities in an alcohol/drug free environment.

Substance Abuse Community Education

Specific written community education objectives and policies consistent with the overall program philosophy and goals.  Provides information on the following topics;

  • Alcohol is a disease.
  • Intervention of alcoholism and drug abuse as it relates to enabling behavior.
  • Nature of alcoholism.
  • The co-dependent and alcoholism in the family unit.
  • The fetal alcohol syndrome and fetal alcohol effect (FAS/FAE).
  • FAS/FAE prevention and consequences of FAS/FAE including dealing with mothers who drink during pregnancy.
  • How to provide care to a FAS/FAE child.
  • Special services to FAS/FAE families.
  • Referral services for FAS/FAE families.

Youth Substance Abuse Services and After Care (follow-up)

Specific written youth substance abuse program objectives and policies consistent with overall program philosophy and goals.

  • Counselor screens and approves all referrals made by community services to regional adolescent treatment centers or contract inpatient treatment centers.
  • Monitors to assure that referral services are provided in an efficient, expeditious and professional manner. Ensures that appropriate placement into a substance abuse treatment program and ensures that treatment services continue.
  • Provides supportive counseling services for families of adolescents who are in treatment.
  • Maintains confidential client record system, with weekly progress reporting documented in client chart for all clients seen on an outpatient basis.
  • Provide documentation of aftercare plan for all residents discharged when treatment is complete.
  • Provide documentation of resident’s awareness of plan for aftercare (resident’s signature).
  • Provide resident’s written goals of what is to be accomplished and time frame for accomplishments and indicators of success.

Rehabilitation Center 559.781.0636
Shine Nieto, Director 559.781.8797
1012 N. Reservation Rd.
Porterville, CA 93257