A-KO-NES Wraparound System of Care
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, California
The AK-O-NES program builds upon existing collaborative partnerships in Del Norte and Humboldt counties. The AK-O-NES system partnership with the Del Norte Children’s Coordinating Council has facilitated the development of relationships with agencies such as the Department of Social and Health Services, education, juvenile justice, superior court judges, the juvenile justice commission, and mental health. As a result of these relationships common goals were established to serve children with serious emotional disturbances. According to respondents the mission and goals of the AK-O-NES program is to create a system of care for children and families in Humboldt and Del Norte counties; to create an improved partnership between child-serving agencies who serve children with serious emotional disturbances; and to build family strengths by providing culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services for families, in order to promote healthy families and healthy community environments for raising children.
The catchment area for AK-O-NES program remains unchanged, as Families residing in Del Norte and Humboldt counties are being served by this grant program. These two counties comprise over 4500 square miles of rural and narrow coastal plain areas with rugged mountains extended eastward of the counties. The three urban areas, Crescent City, Arcata, and Eureka are located in the two counties. According to respondents and the site’s Federal grant application, the majority of the American Indian residents in the two counties are descendants of indigenous tribal people as well as American Indian immigrants from all over the United States. The consortium of tribes includes the Yurok Tribe, Bear River Band of the Wiyot Tribe, Table Bluff Rancheria, Blue Lake Rancheria, Trinidad Rancheria, Big Lagoon Rancheria, Resighini Rancheria, Elk Valley Rancheria, Smith River Rancheria and the Yurok, Wiyot, Karuk, Tolowa and several other tribes. Native Americans make up over 6 percent of the population of the two counties.The target population for AK-O-NES is all Native American children; children residing in Native American households; and descendants of California Native Americans ages birth to 17 ½ who reside in the two counties and who are in need of mental health or substance abuse treatment. 91 children were served over the year preceding the 05 site visit. The number of children and families served has been stable.