Direct Care Services...
Direct care consists of health care services provided by the professional and para-professional staff of the Tribal Health department. Persons eligible for direct care meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Persons who are eligible for Contract Health Services under present criteria;
- Persons who present themselves to the Tribal Health facility during established hours, who can document membership in or descendency from a federally recognized tribe.
This criterion is established by CS & KT Council in accordance with federally established requirements.
Direct Care Services available through the Clinical Service division. Services include medical, dental, pharmacy and physical therapy. In addition to these services, this division offers other forms of care encompassing behavioral health and addiction treatment. Our medical services are offered in clinical settings in Arlee, St. Ignatius, Ronan, Polson and Elmo. At present our medical provider team consists of four physicians, one nurse practitioner, and five clinic nurses. To meet the pharmaceutical dispensing needs of our beneficiaries, Tribal Health staffs two pharmacies out of the St. Ignatius and Polson facilities. The dental clinics are also located in our St. Ignatius and Polson clinics. Tribal Health’s dental program employs two full-time dentists, two part-time dentists, two dental hygienists, and six dental assistants. The behavioral health and addiction treatment program is offered out of the St. Ignatius facility. Eligible beneficiaries receive quality care from licensed professionals practicing modern therapeutic methods in a culturally sensitive environment.
Within the Community Health division, our Community Health Nurses and Representatives provide assistance and care to patients diagnosed with diabetes and cardiopulmonary related diseases. Our Community Health professionals are well versed in these specialty areas and are known throughout the Mission Valley area as the leading providers for diabetes clinical care. In addition, they conduct classes, community outreach, and preventative health care activities to ensure services are offered in the broadest scope available. This is a great opportunity for eligible beneficiaries to become familiar with the various programs and gain an understanding of what is available in the event of arising need.
To find out more about Direct Care or to inquire about setting up an appointment you may contact any one of the following Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.:
Clarice Cooper, Clinical Services Manager (406) 745-3525 ext. 5013
Kim Azure, Behavioral Health Program Manager (406) 745-3525 ext. 5110
Barb Plouffe, Community Health Manager (406) 745-3525 ext. 5085