Serving the Community of Susanville and Lassen County
Programs & Community Outreach
We are Here for Our Community
Circles of Care Program
Circles of Care is a 3-year grant received by SIR from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). The goal of Circles of Care is to plan & design a holistic approach to support mental health and wellness for our Native American Youth and Families. The project reflects the System of Care philosophy, which is a coordinated network of community-based services working together to meet the needs of Native Youth and Families.
Community member involvement and collaboration is key to the success of our project. Please look for our logo on flyers, posts and media for opportunities to use your valuable tribal voice in planning and developing our System of Care.Read more
Alcohol and Drug Counseling
All patients of Lassen Indian Health Center are invited to take advantage of our Alcohol and Drug Counseling program. Licensed professionals guide patients toward healing through a range of approaches, working toward building a foundation for stress management and healthy coping methods. Throughout the counseling process, a strong emphasis is placed on utilizing family and peer support to encourage an effective recovery and lasting results.
Additionally, our Alcohol and Drug Counseling program focuses on ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) to better identify the foundation that has led the way to dependency.
The Diabetes Outreach Program benefits all Lassen Indian Health Center patients who have diabetes. The program consists of Community Outreach, a Wellness Program at the Fitness Center, as well as a “Diabetes Day” that takes place quarterly at LIHC. Through a well-rounded approach, LIHC aims to control and prevent diabetes through education, testing, exercise, as well as clinical treatment options.
At Lassen Indian Health Center, we are excited to announce the arrival of our Telehealth services. This new system allows our patients to get in touch with our providers using smartphones, tablets and computers to provide a convenient way to interact directly and receive care.
There are many benefits to taking advantage of Telehealth appointments including not having to take time off work, spend time in the waiting room, or scheduling child care. Telemedicine improves the quality of care by giving patients increased access to their providers.
Here are some examples of when Telehealth services might be helpful:
- Pain Management
- Follow-up Visits
- Mental Health Visits
- Covid-19 Symptoms
- Sharing Test Results
Purchased & Referred Care
Purchased & Referred Care (PRC) is a benefit available to our American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) patients. Most medical and dental services offered by the Lassen Indian Health Center are considered “Direct Care.” However, should a tribal member need a specialty service that is not available at LIHC, a referral may be required. The LIHC Purchased and Referred Care Specialist assists with medical referrals and manages payments provided for eligible beneficiaries.Read more
CalWORKS Mental Health Supportive Services Program provides a selection of Mental Health, Medication Support, Targeted Case Management, and Crisis Intervention Services for patients who struggle with their employment or profession due to reasons associated with mental health. Our main approach focuses on self-reliance and a strong rehabilitation model in which wellness, recovery, personal choice and family involvement are emphasized.
Hoopa Valley USDA Food Program
The Hoopa Valley USDA Food Program provides healthy foods for those in need. Participants of the program are supplied a list of food items to choose from and are able to receive fresh foods such as fruits, vegetables, salmon, chicken and beef. An application is available to apply to the program.
CIMC Elders Eatery
The CIMC Elders Nutrition supports home and community-based nutrition services for Native American Elders and their spouses. The Elders’ Eatery at Lassen Indian Health Center provides a place for tribal elders to gather and spend time together while enjoying a warm meal.
The Elder’s Eatery is open and is serving lunch for the Elders on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Meals generally include a main course, salad, hot vegetable, fresh-baked bread, and dessert. Spouses are invited to enjoy a hot meal too!
Community Health Outreach Program
Lassen Indian Health Center has a Native American Outreach Program that provides presentations, trainings and dialogues within the community of American Indians in Susanville and Lassen County. This outreach program collaborates with other departments of the Susanville Rancheria. The following are some of the programs that promote healthy living and education for those that need assistance.
- Bicycle Safety for youth and others
- Smoking Cessation Classes
- Women’s Health (education on importance of breast exams and cervical screening)
- Elder’s assistance with wellness classes
- Colon Screening for Cancer (rates for American Indians are higher than other populations)
- Child Care Programs- being able to send public health nurse to check of head lice; or other issues
- Circle of Wellness
- Women’s Health Leadership (elders)
- Just Move It- working with the Fitness Center on walking the walk.
- Annually do safety on children’s car seats appropriately fit (certificate is given to parents or others after being fitted correctly).
- Bike helmet education and how to appropriately put on helmets with bikes, scooters, or hoover boards
- Completing annual checks on smoke detectors especially with elders and families
- Teaching about Poison Control with young families
- Walking Safety Program for Elders and Families
- Water Safety training especially in the summer.
- Lead testing for young children
- Diabetic Meal Counseling
Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI)
The SPDI Diabetes Outreach Program benefits our Native American patients who have diabetes. The program consists of Community Outreach, a Nutrition Program, a Wellness Program at the Fitness Center, as well as a “Diabetes Day” that takes place quarterly at LIHC. While the Diabetes Program itself is dedicated to our Native American patients, we invite all patients to participate in our Outreach Programs and enjoy the benefits our Fitness Center has to offer.
Through Community Outreach, A1c tests can be offered to all community members who attend the Lassen County Health Fair. The Fitness Center also organizes community walks at Ranch Park to raise awareness and promote health.
The Nutrition Program provides workshops that assist in educating patients how to manage diabetes through proper nutrition while focusing on using traditional Native American foods. The workshops may even include cookbooks that participants are able take home with them.
Our Fitness Center plays an important role in the SPDI Diabetes Outreach Program. All clinic patients have free access to the Fitness Center and can benefit from our personal trainers who are able to establish fitness goals and track personal progress. To encourage physical activity, two fitness challenges will be organized during the year.
Finally, Lassen Indian Health Center organizes “Diabetes Day” every quarter during which patients can take advantage of in-house diabetic retinopathy screenings, lab draws, and foot exams. Our providers will offer patient education and individualized counseling based on the patient’s diagnosis.
Tribal Opioids Response Program
Lassen Indian Health Center provides help to successfully overcome opioid addiction. Through diverse approaches such as counseling, group therapy and medication-assisted treatment, individuals suffering from addiction have the opportunity to heal and experience lasting change.
In addition to therapies and treatment, we believe that the role of families and support networks are essential in promoting change and healing. We invite both Native American and non-Native participants to take advantage of our program.