UKB contracts with IHS to treat addiction

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On Sept. 30, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees contracted with Indian Health Services, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to provide behavioral health services for Medicaid reimbursement. It allows Medicaid eligible adults from both Native and non-Native people to access KCTS services.

“We got the number to use for billing for those services,” said Joe Jenkins, clinical supervisor of KCTS. “While our fees are quite low, finances are often a barrier to accessing treatment. We are working on getting an Access To Recovery grant to further remove financial barriers. But the fact remains that treatment costs a lot less than addiction – to the individual addict, to their families, and to tax payers.”

Jenkins said the UKB’s emphasis on helping people translates to KCTS’ policy of working with people to get them the help that they need.


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