Recovery Services at Indian Health Board
We believe recovery is driven by culture and connection. Community member and relatives who seek recovery services can rely on culturally sensitive and appropriate care for various substance dependence. The recovery services team looks at all aspects of one’s well-being to support their journey on the road of recovery.
5 Suboxone-waivered prescribers
1 Registered nurse care coordinator
1 Peer recovery specialist
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT Program)
The Indian Health Board in Minneapolis is offering Medication Assisted Treatment or MAT to those that may benefit from Suboxone. MAT is a voluntary program that uses Suboxone as a supporting tool to help relatives and community members in addressing opioid dependency.
Suboxone is a prescribed medication that contains buprenorphine and naloxone, two compounds that bind to the opioid receptors in the brain to curb opioid dependence. We understand that not everyone may benefit from the MAT Program. In these cases, we will work to integrate care across clinics to meet your needs. For more information, please email Dr. Laiel Baker-DeKrey at Laiel.Baker@indianhealthboard.com.
To schedule an appointment, speak with our intake specialist, Sheila Aubuchon, RN at 612-721-9819.
For IOP information, please call Mark Johnson at 612-721-9800, ext 234
Meet the Team
Recovery Services Director
Laiel Baker-DeKrey, PhD, LP
Laiel is a doctoral-level licensed clinical psychologist. Since 2008, she has lived and practiced in the Minneapolis Indigenous community (on Ojibwe and Dakota territory). She is an enrolled member of the Nu’eta, Hidatsa Nations (Knife Clan) located near the North Dakota Badlands and Lake Sakakawea. In addition to overseeing recovery services, she provides psychological services to adults, adolescents and children.
Her research and training have been primarily in trauma-informed, land-based, Indigenous-focused care and health equity. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Dakota. She successfully completed the Indians into Psychology Doctoral Education (INPSYDE) Program.
Peer Recovery Support Specialist
Greg Franson, ACD1, PRS
Greg is from the Ojibwe Nation from Lac la Croix First Nation Canada. He has been a peer recovery support specialist since 2019 which he started working at IHB on Jan 6, 2020 since coming to IHB he has done his UMICAD training and is working on his hours to become a licensed counselor and he will have training to assess Rule 25 also.
Greg is very resourceful within his native community; he is a very caring person that is willing to go the extra mile to help you get where you need to go to have a good clean life on the red road. He has been recognized by the Executive Office of the President of the United States for his outstanding work working with are relatives (Native Americans) who are suffering from addiction and homelessness.
Gitchiayayag in Residence
Donald Richard Wright, CI, LADC
Richard is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He entered the chemical dependency field in 1986 volunteering at the Eden Youth Outpatient Treatment Program for American Indian Adolescents. He later became a staff in the adult residential men’s program of RS Eden Programs and spent elven years there. In 1989 attended the Minneapolis Community College for CD Certification, and in 1995 received his LADC from the Minnesota Board of Behavior Health and Therapy. Richard is a national speaker on inhalant abuse and non-beverage alcohol, and other drug studies. He is a 2012 graduate of the Saint Paul Seminary of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Richard is a leech lake Reservation band member, growing up in Onigum, Minnesota. Most of his career is in special populations residential treatments, including the Hazelden-Betty Ford Foundation.
Intensive Outpatient Program Manager | LADC Supervisor
Mark Johnson Sr., MA., LADC – Absentee Shawnee
Mark is enrolled with the Absentee Shawnee of Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Metropolitan State University and of Adler Graduate School’s Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy program, and he started his LADC career in South Minneapolis providing co-occurring treatment for the Native American population, and most recently with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Prior Lake Minnesota. Mark and his fellow Native American trainers in association with DHS ADAD American Indian Programs have facilitated Native American curriculum in advocating and supporting Abuse Prevention and Treatment Programs in Minnesota to various treatment facilities and social service agencies. Mark also partnered with faculty and staff members of the Hennepin County Drug Court, providing comprehensive Native American intervention strategies to improve retention of Native Americans in drug court.
Now, Mark has returned to the South Minneapolis community using a person-centered, outcome-based, trauma informed care with motivational interviewing approach to teach healthy lifestyles and coping skills, in addition, advocating family reunification and transitions, crisis intervention, and conflict resolution.
Community Opioid Intervention & Prevention Health Educator
Heather Benjamin – Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Heather is from Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Since 2021, she is IHB’s Community Opioid Intervention & Prevention Health Educator. She has a BA in Psychology from Metropolitan State University and a Community Health Worker Certificate from the program at Saint Catherine University. Heather’s goal for the position is to educate patients and others on the effects of opioids on our community and support the decreased use of opioids and increased awareness of he effects of opioids on our community.