Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation
RSS

The Social Services Program processes the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) assistance grant payments as a secondary resource to the needy of a federally recognized tribe. Clients must reside within the boundaries of the Choctaw Nation and meet other eligibility requirements as to income resources and other criteria required by the federal regulations.

One-time emergency disaster assistance is also available under this program to persons who suffer a major loss to their home as the result of a natural or man-made disaster, if not protected by insurance.

Children and Family Services
Billy Stephens
Phone: 800-522-6170

Choctaw Family Services

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Please visit the Choctaw Family Services website for complete information on all Children and Family services and programs .

In Accordance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), our Indian Child Welfare program works on behalf of our Choctaw children and their families. Our social workers join with state workers and the courts in working to insure safe and healthy homes for the children. This includes finding Choctaw foster and adoptive homes to prevent placement in non-Indian homes. The Indian Child Welfare program in an advocate for residents in the 10 1/2 counties and serves Choctaws nationwide. ICW offices are located in Durant, Hugo, Idabel, Talihina, and Atoka.

Family Violence

This program assists Choctaw families who have been in a domestice violence situation. The Family Violence program in designed to help women and children escape a dangerous home life. This program can assist with outreach, prevention, counseling, transportation needs, and shelter. To qualify for this program one must reside within the 10 1/2 counties of the Choctaw Nation, be n a domestic violence situation (which may consist of physical, sexual, verbal fo emotional abuse), and must have a CDIB card. One must complete a domestic violence intake and one counseling session. Family Violence workers are lcoated in Talihina, Hugo, Idabel, and Durant.

Family Preservation

This is a preventative service which promotes family strength, stability, parental functions, and the protection of children. The program in designed to prevent family disruption and out-of-home placement by meeting the needs of a family in times of crisis. The goal is to empower these familes to provide adequate and safe care for their children by identifying their strengths, assisting them to find solutions, and supporting self-reliance through short-term services in the home. Services should be provided for a period of approximately 90 days and should not exceed six months. There may be a one time assistance due to a sudden crisis situation. The program services the 10 1/2 counties of Choctaw Nation and serves all federally recognized tribes. There are offices located in Durant, Atoka, Hugo and Idabel.

Day Care

Karen Schmitz, Director
Phone: (580) 924-8280
Fax: (580) 924-6644

The Choctaw Nation Day Care provides care for infants from 6 weeks of age to 12 years. Transportation is provided to take and pick up children from school. The Choctaw Nation Day Care Program is based o­n the premise that all children share certain needs and can benefit from a comprehensive developmental program to meet those needs. Children are provided with a learning environment and the varied experiences which will help them develop socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development toward the overall goal of social competence. By social competence, it is meant that the child’s every day effectiveness in dealing with both present environment and later responsibilities in school and life.

Food Related

Food Distribution Program
Lisa Mullens, Director

The Choctaw Nation was approved by the United States Department of Agriculture to start the Food Distribution Program in February, 1984. The first month of distribution, approximately 150 Indians received commodities. The program is now serving over 5,500 Indians per month throughout the l0-l/2 counties of the Choctaw Nation.

Each participant of the program receives approximately 66 food items totaling 80 pounds per person. Guidelines for participation are:

  • One resident per household (can be any age) is required to have a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) card.
  • Social security numbers and cards are required for all household members.
  • Verification of income is required; a copy of payroll check, or if you are unemployed, a card from the Employment Office will be needed.

Verification of residence is required. A utility bill or rent receipt with your name and address o­n it will suffice.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability._

To file a complaint of discrimination, write to:

USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
(800) 795-3272 (voice)
(202) 720-6382 (TDD).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Women, Infants and Children Program(WIC)

Claudene Williams
Phone: 800-522-6170

The Choctaw Nation WIC program is a supplemental feeding program for women, infants and children. To qualify for this program, an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • Be pregnant, post partum, or breastfeeding and at nutritional risk.
  • Birth to one year old and be at nutritional risk.
  • Age one to five years old and be at nutritional risk.
  • Meet the income eligibility guidelines.

The WIC program is a nutrition program which provides foods that are high iniron, protein, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin C. The program is federally funded through the USDA and serves the 10 1/2 counties of the Choctaw Nation. WIC clinic sites are located at Hugo, Durant, Boswell, Antlers, Atoka, Idabel, Broken Bow, Talihina, Poteau, Wilburton, Stigler, Coalgate, McAlester, Bethel, Smithville and Spiro.

Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Andy Hammons
Phone: (580) 326-8304

Executive Director - Randy Hammons
Director - Debbie Davenport
Assistant Director - Jennifer Davidson
(877) 285-6893

The Vocational Rehabilitation Program offers services that will assist disabled Native Americans to obtain their goal of vocational training and gainful employment.

Persons with the most severe disabilities will be given priority and assisted first.

Eligibility requirements for applicants include:

  • Must have CDIB card of a federally recognized Indian tribe.
  • Must live within the 10 1/2 counties of the Choctaw Nation.
  • Must have a documented physical or mental disability which results in a substantial impediment to employment.

Services include counseling and guidance, training, job coaching, placement in suitable employment, assistive devices and other goods and services that can be reqasonable expected to benefit an individual with a disability in terms of employment.
Funding available through the Department of Education Rehabilitation Services and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Tim Holt, Vocational Rehab Counselor
Counties- Pittsburg and Pushmataha
Phone (580) 326-8304 or 877-285-6893

Carey Lester, Vocational Rehab Counselor
Counties- Choctaw, Latimer, and Haskell
Phone (580) 326-8304 or 877-285-6893

Jessica Allred, Vocational Rehab Counselor
Counties - Atoka, Coal, and Leflore
Phone (580) 326-8304 or 877-285-6893

Brittney Jackson, Vocational Rehab Counselor Assistant
Phone (580) 326-8304 or 877-285-6893

Jesse Pacheco, Supervising Counselor
Counties-Bryan, McCurtain, and Southern Hughes
Phone (580) 326-8304 or 877-285-6893

Jason Wade, Job Placement Specialist
Counties - 10 ½ counties
Phone (580) 326-8304 or 877-285-6893

Other Social Services


Adolescent Family Life (AFL)

Randy Hammoms, Executive Director
Phone: (800) 349-7026 Ext. 6441

AFL Newsletter

Angela Dancer - Director
Shauna Humphrey - Asst. Director
(800) 349-7026 Ext. 6441

The Adolescent Family Life Care Project (AFL) was established September 1, 2005. The program provides serves to pregnant and parenting teens under 19 years of age, their infants, male partners and families who reside in the 10 ½ county service area of the Choctaw Nation. The project provides comprehensive and integrated services to reduce repeat pregnancies, improve health outcomes for mother and infant; increase healthy parenting skills; provide opportunities for education and job training; and increase healthy relationship skills.

To be eligible, clients must:

  • Be under 19 years of age
  • Must be expecting a Native American infant
  • Must reside in the Choctaw Nation 10 ½ county service area
  • Receiving prenatal care services through the Choctaw Nation Health Care

Ashley Norris, AFL Technician
Phone (580) 326-8304 or 877-285-6893

Brandi Smallwood, AFL Outreach Worker
Counties - McCurtain, Choctaw, Pushmataha, Atoka, and Bryan
Phone (580) 326-8304 or 877-285-6893

Christi Hammons, AFL Outreach Worker
Counties - Latimer, Leflore, Haskell, Choctaw, McCurtain, Pushmataha
Phone (580) 326-8304 or 877-285-6893

Ruthie Cannon, AFL Outreach Worker
Counties - Leflore, Latimer, Haskell, Pittsburg, and McCurtain
Phone (918) 647-4482

Johnnie Sue Kemp, AFL Outreach Worker
Counties - Pittsburg and Atoka
Phone (918) 334-5474

Choctaw Veteran’s Advocacy

Kelly McKaughan
Phone: 800-522-6170

ChocVets Mission Statement: To assure that Choctaw veterans receive benefits and services on par with other veterans, see that they encounter no barriers or impediments in their attempts to access these services and are treated with respect and dignity by VA service providers. The Veterans Advocacy program will serve Choctaw Veterans by assisting with eligibility and entitlements of veterans and their dependents. The Veterans Advocate will assist with contacting the appropriate VA service provider in their area.

Community Based Social Work

Randy Hammons, Executive Director
Phone: 877-285-6893

Linda Goodwin - Director
Asst. Director - Betty Jackson

The Community Based Social Work Program is a program which serves Choctaw individuals and families. Being a community-based program, services are taken directly to the community and assistance is given there where families are more comfortable. The mission of the program is to help Choctaw families find permanent solutions to long-term problems by initiating change, setting goals, making a plan and following through. The program’s primary goal is to assist Choctaw families in locating resources to help meet immediate needs.

Bucky Ensey, CBSW
Counties - Northern and McCurtain
Phone (580) 326-8304 or 877-285-6893

Farron Dill, CBSW
Counties - Pushmataha
Phone (580) 326-8304 or 877-285-6893

John Vick, CBSW
Counties - Choctaw and Bryan
Phone (580) 326-8304 or 877-285-6893

Darlene Cusher, CBSW
Counties - McCurtain and Leflore
Phone (580) 244-3289

Jerry Tims, CBSW
Counties - Choctaw, McCurtain, and Pushmataha
Phone (580) 981-7011

Tanya Bess, CBSW
Counties - Atoka
Phone (580) 889-5120

Jennifer Woods, CBSW
Counties - Latimer and Haskell
Phone (918) 967-8710 or (918) 465-2380

Tad Gonzalez, CBSW
Counties - Pittsburg
Phone (918) 334-5073

Paula Lynch, CBSW
Counties - Latimer and Leflore
Phone (918) 647-9324

Vickie McClure, CBSW
Counties - Southern Hughes
Phone (580) 327-1007

Joyce Beck, Outreach Office Clerk
Counties - McCurtain
Phone (580) 584 3832

Janice Boston, Housekeeper
Phone (580) 326-8304 or 877-285-6893

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Charlene Grunstad
Phone: (800) 522-6170 ext.2424

LIHEAP assists low income Indian households within the 10 1/2 county area of the Choctaw Nation with payment of home heating or cooling bills.

Outreach activities are conducted throughout the 10 1/2 county area of the Choctaw Nation to ensure that all eligible households, especially those with elderly and/or handicapped individuals, receive help with the completion of the application process. Further information for LIHEAP will be provided upon request.

Project SAFE

Lari Ann Brister
Phone: (800) 522-6170 Ext. 2635

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Choctaw Project SAFE

Striving for an Abuse-Free Environment

Project SAFE is a domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking prevention program funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, Department of Justice.

Project SAFEs goal is to enhance the safety of children, youth, and adult victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by supporting activities uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in the extremely rural southeast Oklahoma jurisdiction.

To achieve our goals, Project SAFE will encourage collaboration among domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking victim service providers, tribal and non-tribal law enforcement, courts, prosecutors, community service providers, educational institutions, and health care providers in order to strengthen partnerships for safer communities. Building stronger partnerships will enable us to identify, assess, and appropriately respond to these victims.

Project SAFE will create and implement community awareness activities in our 10 ½ counties that will target domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking issues. Information on these issues can be found at many Choctaw Nation outreach activities.

Project SAFE has been successful in implementing a SAFE DATES curriculum in our local schools to raise awareness of teen dating violence. SAFE DATES is a research based curriculum that educates 5th-12th grade students to identify healthy and unhealthy relationships and appropriate and inappropriate dating behaviors.

If you want more information on Project SAFE, please contact:

Lari Ann Brister, Director
(580) 924-8280 Ext. 2635
lbrister@choctawnation.com

Davania Rowell, Project Coordinator
(580) 584-3150
Drowell2@choctawnation.com

Karen Lyons, Project SAFE Coordinator
(918) 567-4265
klyons@choctawnation.com

Social Services Program

Shannon McDaniel, Executive Director
Phone: (800) 522-6170

The Social Services Program processes the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) assistance grant payments as a secondary resource to the needy of a federally recognized tribe. They must reside withini the boundaries of the Choctaw Nation and meet other eligibility requirements as to income resources and other criteria required by the federal regulations. One-time emergency disaster assistance is also available under this program to persons who suffer a major loss to their home as the result of a natural or man made disaster, if not protected by insurance.

Victim Assistance

Elder/Vulnerable Adult Program
Randy Hammons
Phone: (580) 326-8304

The Elder/Vulnerable Adult Program was established July 2004, through a grant from the Oklahoma District Attorney’s Council, VOCA Grant (Victims of Crime Act). Our goal is dedicated to enhancing th safety of elder/vulnerable adults within the Chcotaw Nation boundaries by ensuring equitable access to services and resources necessary to prevent or end abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Thus enabling older Chcotaws and other American Indians to live independent, meaningful, and dignified lived while maintaining close family and community ties. With this program we are providing advocacy for American Indian elders and vulnerable adults and their families by working closely with Choctaw Nation Victim Assistance and DHS Adult Protective Services.

Faith Based Counseling for Victims of Crime

Randy Hammon
Phone: (580) 326-8304

The Victim Assistance Program has recently been awarded funding for the employment of a Spiritual Advocate. We have implemented an innovative program to improve the delivery of faith-based counseling services to victims by establishing and improving links between faith-based organizations, spiritual leaders, traditional healers and victim service programs within the communities of the Chcotaw Nation of Oklahoma. We have initiated dialogue between faith-based organizations and victime assistance programs. And we will also collaborate with the US Attorney’s Office and the FBI Victim Coordinator.

Victim Assistance Program

Randy Hammons
Phone: (580) 326-8304

The Choctaw Nation Victims Assistance (CNVA) was established September 1, 2003 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime. The victim assistance program assists Choctaws and other American Indians within the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma cope with and heal from the victimization of crime. CNVA seeks to identify and address the needs of crime victims. Victims to be served by CNVA include: victims of elder abuse, child abuse, homicide, gang violence, domestic violence, and driving while intoxicated victims, and other victims of crime. The types of services provided are emergency food, clothing and shelter, transportation, courtroom advocacy, etc.