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.

MAT Program Flyer

MAT Program Brochure

Bison Moon Recovery Group Flyer

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.

Intensive Outpatient Program Manager | LADC Supervisor

Mark Johnson Sr., MA, LADC

Mark is enrolled with the Absentee Shawnee of Oklahoma. Mark is a graduate of Metropolitan State University and of Adler Graduate School’s Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy program. Mark started his LADC career in South Minneapolis neighborhood providing co-occurring treatment for the Native American population, including 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 of drug court. Now, Mark has returned to 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

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 the effects of opioids on our community. She co-leads the Bison Moon group, and she recently passed the UMICAD test and is working on her hours for licensure.

Recovery Services Care Coordinator/LADC

Janet Beaulieu, MSW, LADC

Janet has been a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 2003. She graduated from Macalester College and later received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Minnesota. She received her addiction counseling certification at MCTC and later got licensed through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. She has been fortunate to have worked in many programs serving Native Americans in the Twin Cities area including Metropolitan State University, Indian Education, MIWRC, DIW, Upper Midwest American Indian Center, and various substance use treatment programs (Fond du Lac, NACC and most currently, Juel Fairbanks). Janet has a keen interest in alternative and complementary medicine, especially the use of the Medicine Wheel in a holistic approach to healing people. She believes that a Native culturally sensitive program based on culture and wellness can identify and repair the damage commonly caused by long-term community use of alcohol and drugs.

Janet is an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. She was born and raised in Minneapolis, her father was born and raised on the White Earth Reservation and her mother was born and raised in Onigum (Leech Lake).