Our Family Support Services are inclusive of mental health support and referral services, parenting classes, employment assistance, youth activities, home visiting, family events, and more. Some of the specific programs are described below with application links and/or information. For more information about any of our programs or services, please contact the Family Support and Behavioral Health Services Department at 541-888-6169.
Family Support and Behavioral Health Services offers a variety of youth programs including events, gatherings, camps, and trips. The link to the current youth program application is below.
Tribal Youth Activities Form
Family Support and Behavioral Health services offers a variety of options for individuals struggling with substance abuse issues.
The Circles of Healing Program provides Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking, Stalking and family violence advocacy and support. They also host Women’s Healing Through Culture groups and Trauma Recovery support groups.
To speak with a confidential advocate please call 541-888-1309.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded program that assists with home energy bills, energy crises, and weatherization. This program is based on income and family size. To qualify, you must reside in the 5-county service area of Coos, Curry, Douglas, Lane or Lincoln Counties.
The Child Care & Development Fund is a program that assists families in obtaining childcare for work and/or training/education purposes as well as assisting Tribal members in becoming state certified childcare providers. This program is based on income and family size. To qualify, you must reside in the 5-county service area of Coos, Curry, Douglas, Lane or Lincoln Counties.
The ultimate goal of the Tribal Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (T-TPEP) is to eliminate the use commercial tobacco smoke on Indian lands by passing smoke-free policy through Tribal Council to protect air quality. The Tribal Tobacco Advisory Group (TTAG) will work towards providing education and outreach activities around the appropriate use of traditional tobacco.
Longevity and 5 steps that can help you restore balance into your life.
Simply, stay free of colonial tobacco, and use native tobacco in a sacred way. Quitting tobacco and E-cigarettes is the single most important step you can take to improve the length and quality of your life. Quitting can be hard, so a good plan can help you get past symptoms of withdrawal. Here are five steps that can help you.
(1) Set a Quit Date.
Stay Active– Create a quit plan that balances your day, with modern to traditional activities. Do a sweat in the sweat lodge or use the sauna/steam room at the athletic club to help release toxins. Stay hydrated and active from walking to swimming to going to the gym. Any day is a great day to quit!
(2) Get Support.
Stay Connected – Find a buddy to support you. Support is key! Share your quit date with important people in your life and seek support.
(3) Remove Temptation.
Stay Free – Remove all tobacco, ashtrays, lighters and matches out of the house and vehicles. Old cigarette and tobacco odors can cause cravings. Find and create environments free of commercial tobacco.
(4) Anticipate and Plan for Challenges.
Stay Positive – Find fun activities that improve your mood. The urge to use tobacco is short, usually lasting only three to five minutes. Before your quit day, write down healthy ways to cope with cravings. If you get stuck, look within yourself and unearth self-discipline and willpower. You got this!
(5) Consider Medications.
Tobacco cessation products are provided by CTCLUSI who live within the 5-county service areas of Coos, Curry, Douglas, Lane and Lincoln Counties. You may obtain this through Purchased/Referred Care at 1-800-227-0392. Additionally, the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line provides free and friendly support to quit smoking or chewing. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
Stay Traditional – Keep Tobacco Sacred.
A big thank you goes out to John Schaefer and members of the community for the cultivation and preservation of native tobacco and to Patricia Whereat Phillips for the preservation work of our Tribes.
Native Tobacco Vs. Colonial Tobacco
Contributed by Enna Helms
dahai – daha – chiyuusan – kiiuusa – k’aynuhl – tobacco
Our Tribes speak many tongues, but together we stand in unity.
The Creator blessed our people with tobacco. Tobacco is a prolific element of our living culture today. Since time immemorial, our people have cultivated tobacco for medicine and an inherent connection to the Creator and our land. Tobacco keeps us living the good life by showing our respect, being grateful and humble for each passing day. Tobacco is a sacred medicine that can heal the mind, body and spirit. It is also used to give thanks, to gift our Elders, to honor the ones who walk on, to bless our newborn babies into this world and for long life ceremonies. Tobacco brings our people good medicine and is used at any sacred living moment we walk this earth.
There is a great distinction between Native tobacco and colonial tobacco, and the act of ts’si.
The abuse of native tobacco plant in our Coosan languages is called “ts’si” – a taboo which means you are stupidified and not on the good path. If you abuse the native tobacco plant you will become ts’si, it is compared to the feeling of your ancestor smacking you in the back of your head, as well as being looked at with disgrace and greatly frowned upon within the native community.
Back in the 17th century, it is noted that when settlers came over and became acquainted with natives, they traded for tobacco. Settlers didn’t know tobacco to be harmful. The tobacco used today commercially is colonial tobacco, from South America. The history, production and use of colonial tobacco has spread wide and become an epidemic across the Nation. While “big tobacco companies” dominate the market, this “cash crop” is laced with thousands of chemicals that cause an array of problems for all peoples. These problems have hit home and remained prevalent among our Tribal young adult population and has caused long-term illnesses not limited to lung, throat and mouth cancer, heart disease and emphysema in our adult and Elder populations. We know that indulging in the act of inhalation or absorption of tobacco takes a toll on one’s longevity of their life. Not to mention, what one has to deal with due to secondhand and thirdhand smoke.
The primary distinction of tobacco is based on the cultural merit of the situation. The use of tobacco varies from Tribe to Tribe, family to family, people to people. Today, the Tribes decide in unity what is culturally appropriate through the preservation of healthy traditions. In many ways, the Tribe works diligently to create longevity in our people. Presently, members of the community cultivate and preserve native tobacco in our homes as well as in our Belex Tl’xanii, “Tribal Community Garden” for ceremonial use. In regards to colonial tobacco the Tribes provide education and create safe places that prevent and eliminate exposure to our youth and people.