The National Native Alcohol and Drug Addictions Program (NNADAP) is developing an addiction evidence base for on-reserve First Nations addictions services. The goal is to highlight the potential for modernized and improved addictions programs, policies and services. Alberta region contracted Tina-Marie Christian in January 2009 to conduct a needs assessment to examine challenges, issues and assets within residential treatment services and community-based prevention, promotion and aftercare programming.

Surveys and focus groups were conducted within 14 First Nations across Alberta. Community members, NNADAP workers and other health professionals participated. A draft report was presented to the MH&A sub-committee in June, 2009. The final report was distributed in July 2009. Priorities identified included: Aftercare, Concurrent disorders, Population specific needs, Family and community involvement, Prescription Drug Abuse, Clinical supervision for staff, Training for special populations.

For more information on NNADAP, please read the information from Health Canada.