On September 13th, Sacramento Native American Health Center received a $225,000 grant from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to enhance the treatment of Native American/Alaska Native (AIAN) child victims of abuse.

SNAHC will provide comprehensive services to minors who are or have been victims of physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and bullying. Nicole Bozzo, SNAHC’s Behavioral Health Manager said that “child abuse is a difficult but important topic to address; however, culturally appropriate youth mental health services are always necessary,” and that “this funding will allow us to link vulnerable community members for comprehensive services in a health home environment where they can begin their healing process.”

This award arrives in the wake of two others received by SNAHC and aimed at preventing behavioral health issues among Native youth. Together, over $2.4 million has ben secured for prevention and treatment of mental health suicide, and substance use over the next five years.

As a member of CCUIH, SNAHC has been an exemplary case of a Native American clinic providing the culturally competent and effective services needed by this specific community. SNAHC has made great strides to pioneer innovative services and remain dedicated to providing for the AIAN community at large.