We believe recovery is driven by culture and connection. Community members 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.
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.
Meet the Team
Recovery Services Director
Laiel Baker-DeKrey, PhD, LP (She/Her)
- Current Position/Role at IHB: Director of Counseling & Support and Recovery Services
- Tribal Affiliation: Enrolled member of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nations (Knife Clan)
- Expertise: Specializes in trauma-informed, land-based, Indigenous-focused care and health equity.
- Approaches/Trainings: Utilizes trauma-informed, land-based, Indigenous-focused care.
- Education/Experience: Earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Dakota. Completed the Indians into Psychology Doctoral Education (INPSYDE) Program.
- Joined Indian Health Board: 2008.
Intensive Outpatient Program Manager | LADC Supervisor
Natasha Babvani, LADC-S (She/Her)
- Current Position/Role at IHB: Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor Supervisor.
- Expertise: Specializes in working with culturally specified, gender diverse, co-occurring disorders, trauma-informed care, and provides services to adolescents, adults, and families in a Substance Use Disorder intensive outpatient setting.
- Approaches/Training: Values a person-centered approach. Utilizes motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, rational emotive behavioral therapy, and integration of recovery-based programs (trauma-informed groups, harm reduction, 12-step programs, SMART, etc.).
- Education/Experience: Holds a Bachelor of Science in Alcohol & Drug Studies with a minor in Sociology from Minnesota State, Mankato. Currently enrolled at Minnesota State, Mankato to attain a master’s degree in Community Health Education.
- Joined Indian Health Board: 2022
Licensed Alcohol Drug Counselor (LADC)
Robert (Bob) Berlien, BS, LADC (He/Him)
- Current Position/Role at IHB: Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
- Tribal Affiliation: Boise Forte Band of Chippewa (descendent).
- Expertise: Serves all client and uses Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
- Approaches/Training: Utilizes a client-centered approach, meeting clients where they’re at, and employing Unconditional Positive Regard (Rogerian Theory). Also uses Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in helping clients seeking assistance.
- Education/Experience: Graduated from Minneapolis Community and Technical College with an Alcohol and Drug Counseling Diploma (ADC-T). Also holds a Bachelor of Science in LADC from Metropolitan State University. Previously trained and worked at Nuway, House of Charity, and Alliance Wellness Center.
- Joined Indian Health Board: 2023
Community Opioid Intervention & Prevention Health Educator
Bob Fairchild, CPRS-FE, CPS, Peer Recovery Support Services (He/Him)
- Current Position/Role at IHB: Peer Recovery Support Services.
- Expertise: Serves all clients and focuses on helping clients remove any barriers or impediments to their recovery.
- Approaches/Training: Meets clients where they are at and provides assistance when they want it, ensuring a client-centered approach to support their recovery journey at IHB.
- Education/Experience: Received training from the University of Minnesota, MN Dept of Human Services (CPS), and Minnesota Recovery Connection (Forensic Endorsement). Also gained experience from service in the US Marine Corps.
- Joined Indian Health Board: 2023
Open Positions: None at this time
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