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Health Staff and Services
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Health Staff and Services

HOPLAND TRIBAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES

The Hopland Tribal Health and Social Services Department's purpose is to assist community members with obtaining quality health and social services to achieve their best physical, psychological, social, and spiritual wellbeing.

To achieve this, the HSSD provides:

  • Community Health Services
  • ICWA Services
  • Substance Abuse Services
  • Victim Services
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance
  • Commercial Tobacco Prevention
  • NC Youth Suicide Prevention

Health and Social Services Department Staff

Ais Murray – Director – (707) 472-2123 – amurray@hoplandtribe.com
Margarita (Maggie) Vargas Program Support Specialist  (707) 472-2109 mvargas@hoplandtribe.com

Community Health Services

Angel Vargas– Community Health Rep – (707) 472-2103 avargas@hoplandtribe.com

Commercial Tobacco Prevention Project

Joey Luiz  CTPP Community Engagement Coordinator – (707) 472-2126 – jluiz@hoplandtribe.com
Lianna Vasquez – CTPP Project Coordinator – (707) 472-2127 – lrvasquez@hoplandtribe.com

Indian Child Welfare Act Services

Ruth Guerrero – ICWA Social Worker – (707) 472-2114 – rguerrero@hoplandtribe.com

Substance Abuse Services

Nicolas Garcia – Substance Abuse Counselor – (707) 472-2124 – ngarcia@hoplandtribe.com

Victim Services

Gavina Carrillo  Victim Services Program Coordinator – (707) 472-2113 – gcarrillo@hoplandtribe.com
Kristina Castorena – Victim Advocate – (707) 472-2102 – kcastorena@hoplandtribe.com

Danielle Harjo Victim Advocate  (707) 472-2129 – dsharjo@hoplandtribe.com


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LIHEAP (Low Energy Housing Energy Assistance Program)

LIHEAP assists eligible low-income households with their heating and cooling energy costs, bill payment assistance, and energy crisis assistance.

LIHEAP is funded by ACF (Administration for Children and Families).

For more information contact: Gavina Carrillo - (707) 472-2113


ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) Services

ICWA wants all Tribal Youth/Children to live in homes that are safe, nurturing, happy, and connected to the Tribe and our culture.  

The Hopland Tribal ICWA Services provides representation and resources for Hopland Tribal Members at risk of losing their children. The ICWA Social Worker is the appointed representative for the Tribe. S/he works to protect the best interests of children who are members of the Tribe, to prevent the unwarranted breakup of Hopland families, to maintain the connection of Hopland children to their families and Tribe, to promote the stability and security of the Tribe by establishing tribal standards for the conduct of child custody proceedings involving Hopland children, and to provide child welfare services to Hopland children and families that are in accord with the traditions, laws, and cultural values of the Tribe.

"Best Interests of the Child" - The preservation of the connection, or the creation of a connection if it does not exist, between a Hopland child and his or her culture, family, and Tribe in a setting that is stable, secure, safe, healthy and emotionally, spiritually, socially, and intellectually-enriching, and in which the special needs of that child may be met.

Social Worker Role - Receive notice of hearings, be present at hearings, address (present information to) the court, examine court documents, submit written reports and recommendations to the court. Work in conjunction with Tribal/State/County Social Services and outside organizations to meet the needs of Tribal Families. 

Foster Home Placement. We need Tribal foster homes. Only (12) children of (33) are in relative/Tribal placements. If you or someone you know has space in your home and heart for a Tribal/ICWA child, please contact us to discuss becoming a Tribal Foster Home.

If you have any questions on how ICWA might be able to help you, your child, or family, please feel free to call our department any time. Our specialty is children and families, and we are here to help!

ICWA is funded by the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) and DOJ (Department of Justice).

For more information contact: Ruth Guerrero - (707) 472-2114


Commercial Tobacco Prevention Project (CTPP)

The CTPP is reducing commercial tobacco-related health disparities in the Hopland Tribal community.

The Objectives of the CTPP Project include:

50% of Native American households on Hopland Band of Pomo Indians tribal lands will adopt an in-home no-smoking policy;

Create and maintain one youth coalition with at least 6 tribal youth that participate in a minimum of 4 coalition meetings and 2 non-meeting activities annually to enable them to effectively educate their peers and advocate about tobacco control issues in the community; and

The Hopland Tribe will adopt and implement an excise tax on on-reservation sales of commercial tobacco products.

CTPP is funded by the California Department of Health.

For more information contact: Lianna Vasquez - (707) 472-2127 or Joey Luiz - (707) 472-2126


Substance Abuse/Misuse Services

Substance Abuse Services is here to help community members with their sobriety and wellness journey. Substance Abuse Services offers culturally relevant one-on-one substance abuse/misuse assessment, counseling, referrals, care management, and advocacy.

Services Offered:

  • Anger Management Classes (Level I, II, III)
  • Red-Road Support Group, Native 12 Steps, etc.
  • Assisting program participants in maintaining compliance with their service plans
  • Prepare for presentation in court and accompanies program participant to court as needed (court advocacy)
  • Conduct activities to promote prevention of substance misuse/abuse
  • Provide on-site E2oH and substance testing

Substance Abuse Services is funded by the DOJ (Department of Justice).

For more information contact: Nicolas Garcia - (707) 472-2124


Victim Services

Hopland Tribal Victim Services is a nationally recognized peer-to-peer program. The cornerstone of the program is the Victim Advocates who provide on-going services for Native Americans who are victims of crime in Mendocino County. Victim Advocates provides eligible individuals with mental, emotional, legal (court), financial, social, and spiritual assistance. Furthermore, Victim Advocates provide community outreach, education, and healing.

Services Offered:

  • Crisis Intervention (including meeting financial, material, or other immediate needs)
  • Peer Counseling
  • Support (individual and groups)
  • Education
  • Resource Referral
  • Advocacy (with other agencies, including court)
  • Afterhours Support Line
  • Assistance completing court or other forms (such as a restraining order request)

Crisis may include:

  • Domestic violence
  • Dating violence (including teen dating)
  • Physical and sexual assault
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Bullying/Stalking
  • Attempted or completed murder
  • Abuse (vulnerable populations – elder, child or disabled)
  • Property theft or vandalism
  • Other issues that prevent peaceful living (community violence)

Victim Services is funded by the DOJ (Department of Justice).

For more information contact: Gavina Carrillo - (707) 472-2113 or Kristina Castorena - (707) 472-2102 or Danielle Harjo - (707) 472-2129


Community Health Services (CHS)

The Community Health Services is restarting services. If you have received services from us in the past and want us to continue serving you, please let us know that you are interested in continuing to work together with us.

The Objective of CHS: Encourage community members to improve upon their health by understanding their health conditions and actively participating in their care, for example:

  • Practice health enhancing behaviors (eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, maintain a regular sleep schedule)
  • Practice preventative health (regular check-ups, screenings, and immunizations)
  • Understand your health (know your health conditions and care options)
  • Actively participate in your health (co-create and follow your care plan)
  • Avoid self-harming behaviors

Services Offered:

  • Improve Access (navigation assistance)
  • Patient Support (education and advocacy)
  • Care Extender (monitoring and follow-up)
  • Community Health Promotion
  • Community Disease Prevention

The Community Health Services is funded by IHS (Indian Health Services).

For more information contact: Angel Vargas - (707) 472-2103


NC Youth Suicide Prevention Project

Native Connections (NC) is a five-year grant program that helps American Indian and Alaska Native communities identify and address the behavioral health needs of their Native Youth. Native Connections is designed to assist community and partners to co-create protocols to implement in the community for suicide prevention and intervention to reduce suicide among Native Youth up to age 24.

The NC Project also provides healthy living activities and groups designed to be culturally relevant and promote physical wellness, sportsmanship, and health, which will help in the intervention and prevention of suicide.

NC Project is funded by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse/Mental Health Services Administration).

For more information contact: Ais Murray - (707) 472-2123