Thunderbird Partnership Foundation

Tools For Service Providers

Addiction Management Information System (AMIS)

Addiction Management Information System is a National Case management database that was first launched in 2014 for the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) and the Youth Substance Abuse Program Treatment Centres. (YSAP)

The AMIS database collects evidence that can be used to inform client care, demonstrate the strengths of the NNADAP/YSAP, and support research initiatives over time.

The Addiction Management Information System was created in response to a need identified by indigenous treatment centres for a modern information system, improving data collection, analysis and reporting. National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) treatment centres say the Substance Abuse Information System (SAIS) that is still being used by some, is outdated. The SAIS system, which has been in place since 1994, is not able to meet emerging data requirements nor does it provide the kind of analytical information treatment centres need to provide optimal client care and easily report on their activities and accomplishments

Advantages of Using AMIS

  • Streamlines intakes (only one form)
  • Generates an automated consent
  • Records separate case notes per case
  • Tracks episodes of Treatment
  • Engages clients by tracking assessments
  • Provides a Release to transfer client record
  • Establishes a national database of evidence for NNADAP and NYSAP
  • Supports research initiatives.

Benefits of AMIS 

  • Information in one secure database
  • Reporting on how a group or individual is doing
  • Managing files and the movement of record is easy
  • Provides treatment centres with good information to examine their program and the impact they have on a client
  • Files can be shared electronically
  • Referral process is automated
  • Collects an automated informed consent

 

The Native Wellness Assessment

Native Wellness AssessmentTM (NWATM) is the first instrument of its kind which measures the effect of cultural interventions on a person’s wellness, from a whole person and strengths-based perspective. It is statistically and psychometrically validated as a reliable measure of change in wellness over time, across all genders, age groups, and cultures. The Thunderbird Partnership Foundation provides the NWATM to communities, organizations and treatment centres that provide Indigenous culturally-based programs and services to measure the impact of culture on wellness.

The assessment is a product of the Honouring Our Strengths: Indigenous Culture as Intervention in Addictions Treatment (CasI) research project developed by a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers from across Canada, Elders, Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, cultural practitioners, service providers, and decision makers.

Who Uses The Tool?

More First Nation communities and Indigenous organizations are turning to the Native Wellness Assessment (NWA)TM to support individual and community-based wellness strategies that are grounded in Indigenous knowledge and ways of being.

The NWATM is the only tool of its kind to measure the effect of cultural interventions on wellness over time.  The assessment involves a a series of questions at three points in time, to assess people’s degree of connection to culture, aligning with the four wellness outcomes of Hope, Belonging, Meaning and Purpose as identified by the Indigenous Wellness Framework.

 

How does the tool work?

The assessment is administered at the beginning, middle and end of a wellness program where cultural interventions are facilitated. Cultural interventions can include language programs, talking with an Elder/Knowledge Keeper, participating in ceremonies or spending time on the land/in country.

The NWATM has been primarily used by First Nations treatment centres across Canada since its release in 2015. However, a growing number of First Nations communities see it as an important tool to build evidence needed to support cultural programming for their community wellness strategies as well as the data to accompany funding requests for cultural wellness programs.

Testimony

One such community-based organization to turn to the NWA<sup>TM</sup> is Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services in London, Ontario. “We hope to be able to support the importance of culture in our programs, says Atlohsa’s Executive Director, Ray Deleary.

“The NWA<sup>TM</sup> will provide the evidence we need on the importance of cultural programming in supporting client wellness, as well as provide important client treatment options.”

Learn More

The NWA<sup>TM</sup>is free to use for First Nations communities and organizations that facilitate cultural connections for their community members/clients.
To learn how your community can begin using the NWA<sup>TM</sup>, contact us at <a href=”mailto:info@thunderbirdpf.org”>info@thunderbirdpf.org</a> or visit <a href=”https://thunderbirdpf.org”>Thunderbirdpf.org</a>.

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