Divisions - Substance Abuse Program


Substance Abuse Program (SAP) 

Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI)

The Pawnee Nation Substance Abuse Program (SAP) provides counseling services and community prevention activities for the treatment and prevention of alcoholism and substance abuse among the eligible Indian population within the service area of Pawnee. The service unit area for the Substance Abuse program is a thirty- five mile radius of Pawnee.

The Indian population served is approximately 3,600 Native Americans representing the Pawnee, Ponca, Otoe-Missouria, Osage, Kaw and Tonkawa Tribes. The community based prevention service includes the identification of persons at risk for developing problems related to substance abuse issues.

Direct services provided to individuals and/or groups include outpatient counseling for adult clients, referral to primary residential programs and outreach and aftercare treatment services. SAP emphasizes improved self-image, value and attitude clarification, decision-making and recognition of the physical and emotional effects of alcohol and substance abuse and constructive processes for dealing with stress.


  • Alcohol and drug abuse outpatient counseling.
  • Help for families in crisis, referrals to inpatient treatment centers, medical and non-medical detoxification and other services as needed.
  • Individual counseling for adult clients.
  • Weekly support groups.
  • Other services include community education, client education,
    prevention activities, personal training at the Fitness Center.
  • Support Group Meetings held every Wednesday evening at 7pm at SAP Office.

Mike Ortiz, ICADC, Program Coordinator

918-762-2143 Ext. 186
Cell Phone: 918-285-0086

Vacant, SAP Counselor
918-762-2143 Ext. 187

Patrick Smith, Native Connections Prevention Specialist
918-762-2143 Ext. 215

Vacant, MSPI Prevention Specialist
918-762-2143 Ext. 216

Adrian SpottedHorseChief, TOR Specialist

918-762-2143 Ext. 101

SAP/MSPI Offices
311 Maintenance Road
P.O. Box 470
Pawnee, OK 74058
Office: 918-762-2143
Fax: 918-762-3740


Native Connections

Nation Connections is a 5-year grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). The purpose of this grant is to prevent suicide and substance misuse, reduce the impact of trauma, and to promote positive mental health for youth and young adults (6-24 years old) in the Pawnee area. In the early stages of the Native Connections grant, we will be collecting data from focus groups, community meetings, and surveys. By obtaining this pertinent information, it will help us determine what activities and education materials will be most helpful to the youth and young adults. Native Connections will help the Substance Abuse Program (SAP) and Methamphetamine & Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) continue to provide educational and substance-free activities for the youth in the Pawnee area.  Some of the prevention activities that will be provided include spring break and summer camps, procuring motivational speakers who will speak on suicide and substance abuse, holding “Talk Saves Lives” training, and several events promoting Pawnee Nation’s culture and traditions. Our main goal with the Native Connections grant is to increase the capacity within the tribe and community to reduce the high-risk behaviors that lead to suicide and substance abuse among our youth population.