Under the program, Indian Health Clinics (IHCs) are to provide culturally relevant mental health and/or substance abuse services and other needed services to eligible Native American California residents who are applying for or participating in the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) or Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Programs. IHCs provide services necessary for participants to obtain or retain employment, or to participate in county CalWORKs or Tribal TANF welfare-to-work activities.
Services provided by IHCs may include, but are not limited to:
- Outreach to and identification of Native Americans who are receiving or may be eligible for CalWORKs or Tribal TANF.
- Preliminary screening of individuals for mental health, or substance abuse other issues.
- Transportation of individuals to County Welfare Departments (CWDs) to apply for CalWORKs cash assistance and/or participate in Welfare-to-Work activities or to determine the need for an evaluation for mental health, substance abuse services or other services.
- Transportation of individuals to the evaluation for mental health, substance abuse, or other services conducted by local agencies, if necessary.
- Work with CWDs and the local mental health, alcohol or other drug, or other social services agencies, if necessary, in the development of the CalWORKs or tribal member’s Welfare-to-Work plan.
- Provision of culturally appropriate individual or group mental health and/or substance abuse treatment services necessary for Native Americans to obtain and sustain employment.
- Provision of individual or group services and/or make referrals to more intensive treatment services offered by the CWD or by county alcohol and drug programs, and other program services.
- Provision of culturally relevant Native American Medicine and Traditional Health healing services and/or practices.
- Integration of individuals into the CalWORKs or the Tribal TANF Program.