The Red Lake Comprehensive Health provides the management, leadership and direction needed to provide quality health services to the Red Lake people. Our main goal is to elevate the health and health care of our Red Lake Tribal members and their descendants to the highest possible level.
Emergency Medical Services
Two Ambulance Services, one in Red Lake and one in Ponemah provide prompt emergency medical care for sudden injury or acute illness and immediate transportation to a medical facility where further care can be rendered to eliminate severe complications from untreated trauma, twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week.
The Ambulance Service are licensed by the State of Minnesota as a Basic Life Support Service.
The Ambulance staff are required to be certified State Emergency Medical Technicians in order to maintain our Basic Life Support (BLS) License. The majority of our Emergency Medical Technicians are Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technicians.
The Emergency Medical Technicians provide in-services and training to tribal members that want to learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, First Aid and Emergency Medical Technician skills. We are licensed by the State of Minnesota as an official training program for Emergency Medical Technicians, CPR & First Aid.
Red Lake Ambulance 679-3327
Ponemah Ambulance 554-7347
or dial 911
Medical Transportation Services
Medical Transportation is provided for the people to the Red Lake Hospital, Ponemah Clinic and medical facilities off the reservation.
Patients are transported to Minneapolis, Rochester, Duluth, St. Cloud, Minnesota, Fargo, Grand Forks, North Dakota and other towns as directed by the Medical Staff. Medical transportation is provided to the Red Lake Hospital, Ponemah Clinic and to the Bemidji Hospital and Clinics on a daily basis.
Red Lake Medical Transportation 679-3327
Ponemah Medical Transportation 554-7347
Elderly Transportation Services
Noon Meals are delivered to home bound elderly and handicapped residents in Ponemah Monday through Friday.
Community Health Nursing Services
Community Health Nursing Services provides health services to meet the assessed health needs of individuals and families in our four communities. Services are provided in hospital, clinic, home, school and community settings.
Community Health Nursing Services are provided within the context of total health care, including physical, social, psychosocial, environmental developmental, parenting education, nutritional economics and functional health. Nursing is provided at three levels of prevention: The primary prevention level focuses on health promotion and prevention against diseases, the secondary prevention level focuses on early diagnosis and prompt intervention in the disease process, and the third prevention level focuses on the use of rehabilitation activities to prevent further complications and to restore as much as possible optimal functioning. Language, communications and cultural considerations that influence care are considered. Individuals, families, and communities are encouraged to be active participants in determining their needs and reaching health outcome goals.
Major services Community Health Nursing provides are Public Health Nursing Services, Home-based Patient Care Services, High Risk Adult Supervision, Maternal Child Health Services, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention. Discharge Planning and Home Health Care Services.
Red Lake Comprehensive Health Services 679-3316
Little Rock Health Station 679-3717
Redby Health Station 679-3391
Ponemah Health Station 554-7384
Ponemah Health Services
The Ponemah Health Staff provide direct quality health care to the Ponemah residents in the Ponemah Clinic & the community. The health services include Maternal and Child Care Services, Chronic Illness Care, Acute Minor and Common Illness Care, Health Education/Disease Prevention and daily clinics.
The Ponemah Nurse Practitioner and her assistant provide Women’s Health Care Clinic once a week at the Red Lake Hospital.
The Physicians provide medical services to all eligible recipients in accordance with the standards and protocols of the Red Lake Hospital.
The Emergency Room Physicians provide emergency and urgent care services 24 hours a day 365 days a year, to all eligible recipients in accordance with the standards and procedures of the Red Lake Hospital.
The Red Lake Comprehensive Health Services provides one Pharmacist and one pharmacy technician to assist with prescriptions at the Red Lake Hospital.
Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
Physical and Occupational Therapy serve a variety of disease and disabilities occurring in all ages. The Physical Therapist provides services for neurological disorders, arthritic conditions, persons with fractures, strokes, burns and numerous physiological and musculoskeletal conditions.
Hospital Support Staff Services
The Comprehensive Health Services supplementes the Indian Health Service with needed personnel in order to maintain the highest possible continuity of medical care for our people. The hospital support staff provides direct patient health care services in all clinics, inpatient, dental, behavioral health, optometry and outpatient department of the Red Lake Hospital.
Dietary Services provide nutrition and dietetic services to individual patients, families and communities through a variety of methods including meal service, counseling, education, community services, and in-service consultation in the hospital.
Nutrition services provides and promotes sound nutritional practices for individuals, families and groups in the Red Lake Hospital and Health Care Facility, Ponemah Health Center, Elderly Nutrition sites, Maternal Child Day Care Center and the Headstart Programs; preventing potential health problems; and providing clinical nutritional and diabetic services for patients with existing medical problems.
Nutritional Services integrated with medical and interdisciplinary support services in outpatient clinics, health centers, community health clinics, school clinics and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) helps families eat well and stay healthy. The WIC program provides nutrition education, healthy foods and health services. WIC does nutrition assessments, and provides one-on-one counseling about food, nutrition, and breastfeeding to help you feed your family in a healthy way. WIC gives you vouchers to buy healthy foods. WIC helps you with referrals to other health and social services. To qualify for WIC you need to have a nutritional and/or medical need, and meet WIC income guidelines.
Red Lake WIC 679-3134
Environmental Health Services
The Sanitarian assists all communities in improving the public health. Environmental Health Services identifies and helps correct environmental conditions that are detrimental to the people’s health status. Security Services
Security services are provided for patients, staff and property at the Red Lake Hospital and Health Care Facility and the Extended Care Center. Security services work cooperatively with the local law enforcement agency for added safety.
Mental Health/Social Services
The Comprehensive Health Services provides two Independent Licensed Social Workers, Social Workers and School Wellness Counselors to assist individuals, patients, families in the schools and community promoting positive behavior, health promotion and disease prevention through direct assistance, counseling and coordination between home, school, and community and health facility.
The staff provide outreach services and function as a community resource in dealing with maladaptive behavior, and provide intervention in seeking out and eradicating conditions that caused or contributed to mental disorders.
The School Wellness Counselors provide counseling in the schools and communities.
The staff work with individuals who are having thoughts of hurting themselves, are having suicidal ideation, self-injurious behavior and behavioral emergencies.
Maternal Child Day Care Services
The Day Care staff provide services to eligible Indian children in need of a controlled quality health care environment that provides a safe place for emotional security and social development, where personal hygiene skills, proper eating habits and nutrition are taught.
The Adult Dental Program
Comprehensive Health Provides $25,000 a year to purchase dentures and partials for tribal members and their descendants at the Red Lake Hospital only.
Optometry provides comprehensive optometric services including vision assessment, eye evaluation, retinal assessment, frame adjustment and repair, eye injury treatment, eye disease treatment, and contact lens fitting.
Special Diabetes Program for Indians – SDPI
The Red Lake Diabetes Program provides excellent care and education to all patients with diabetes, prediabetes, and those at risk for diabetes. Patients are seen as outpatients, inpatients and in the community. We provide one on one diabetes education, nutrition education, physical activity information, community diabetes screenings, youth wellness summer camps, diabetic socks and testing supplies given, current information on diabetes is provided to patients and diabetes related information is submitted to the Tribal Newsletter on a quarterly basis.
Red Lake Pre-Diabetes Program
Balancing our lifestyle is a diabetes prevention program based on developing healthy eating habits and increasing physical activity for American Indian adults age 18 and over with prediabetes.
Ship Program (Statewide Health Improvement Program)
Provides healthy lifestyle services to promote physical activity, reduce obesity and deter smoking and tobacco use in our youth.
Nursing Home Services
Nursing Home Services are provided at the Jourdain/Perpich Extended Care Center which is attached to the Red Lake Hospital and Health Care Facility. We have 47 beds available to serve our elders and handicapped individuals. All residents served are federally recognized Indians or descendants of federally recognized tribes.
Housing Authority Programs
Low Rent Program and NAHASDA
This program is to provide families, with low incomes, affordable housing. It offers a wide variety of single-family homes (2, 3, 4, and 5 Bedroom), duplex and fourplex to qualified individuals on a month-to-month lease basis. These units are located in all four reservation districts.
ARRA Rental and Marif Rental
The programs are for low rent income families. The units are all single family rental units and located in the Ponemah district.
Federal Tax Credit
The program is for families who are at or below 50% of the area median incomes. The units are single family and duplex units and are located in all four districts.
Mutual Help, NAHASDA and Walking Shield
The intent of the programs are to provide families, with low incomes, an opportunity to own a home rather than rent a home. The Housing Authority shall continue to offer qualified individuals, a lease with an option to buy; any of the remaining single family homes in the mutual help inventory. as they become available. The units are all single family units and are located in all four districts.
Federal Tax Credit
To obtain a home under this program, the homebuyer must be low income and agreeable to a mandatory fifteen year lease-to-own status. The first fifteen years are considered rental. At the end of that fifteen year period, the tenants will be offered the opportunity to continue their month-to-month lease or buy out the balance of the mortgage on the home. The units are single family and are located in all four districts.
A one-time limited modernization assistance is offered to elders age 62 or older and handicapped individuals for medical needs documented by a physician or work necessary to keep the unit structurally sound. This work cannot exceed $8,000.00. This includes material, labor and insurance.
Beltrami County outside the Reservation Rental Assistance
This program is to assist low income families an opportunity to finding housing in the private sector. Assistance to be provided will be the first and last months’ rent and the security deposit. The maximum of assistance to be provided will be $2, 100.00.
Beltrami County outside the Reservation Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance
This program is to assist families who have an income of not greater than 80% of area median income with down payment and closing cost assistance. The amount of assistance varies from approximately $15,000.00 to $25,000.00.
FULL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS CAN BE REQUESTED FROM THE STAFF AT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OFFICE.
Housing Finance Corporation Programs
Home loans up to $120,000.00 at 5% interest for 30 years. Renovation loans up to $35,000.00 at 6% interest for 15 years.
Units which have had the title turned back to the corporation are offered as rental at a set rental rate. The units are single family and are located in all four districts. The units are available for purchase from the corporation.
FULL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROGRAMS CAN BE REQUESTED FROM THE STAFF AT THE CORPORATION OFFICE.
Red Lake Reservation Housing Authority
P.O. Box 219
Red Lake, MN 56671
Red Lake Housing Finance Corporation
Red Lake, MN 56671
Residential primary inpatient treatment for alcohol and drugs with counseling: group, individual family and spiritual. Transportation, education, and employment assistance, recreational and occupational therapy. Eligibility Requirements:16 years of age or older male or female. Court ordered or self-referral or as part of a continuing treatment.
Intake/assessment, prevention education on fetal alcohol spectrum, positive cultural education, life skills, talking circles, cradleboard project, nutrition education, referrals to community agencies.
The Red Lake Homeless Shelter provides emergency shelter to families and single adults over the age of 18 inside the homeless shelter providing beds, meals, showers and transit transportation with case management to look for housing and other resources residents may be eligible to receive.
We have different grants with the state of Minnesota that allow us to provide rental subsidies where we pay up to 70% of a clients rent. We have 14 rental subsidies with the Minnesota Housing and Finance Agency (MHFA) and these subsidies can last up to five years. We have 5 with the Transitional Housing Program (THP) and these subsidies can last up to two years.
We have a Long Term Homelessness (LTH) grant that helps clients who qualify get housed with a security or utility deposit. This grant would also help with birth certificates, drivers license or background check fee only to secure housing. We also have a Family Homeless Prevention Assistance Program (FHPAP) grant where we could help with back rent and security deposits to prevent client’s from homelessness. We also can pay for a first or last month’s rent, security deposit if they are already homeless to get them housed. This grant has very little funding so we don’t use it as often. We have a Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) grant that helps veterans and their families with various needs.
The eligibility criteria is that a person must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized Indian Tribe and also be 18 years of age for all services except the Student Work Orientation service, which is 16 years of age or older.
We have a HUD Section 811 program that we call the Red Lake Supportive Housing 1rental program. This housing includes 14 units built in 7 duplexes, some of which are located in each of the four communities on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. All units will be restricted to disabled households. A disabled household means a household composed of one or more persons, at least one of whom is an adult (18 years or older) who has a significant disability. For purposes of this housing, eligible disabilities include those that are physical, mental health, or developmental in nature.
SERVICES PROVIDED: Rule 25 assessments, classroom curriculum, Red Cliff, Protecting you protecting me. Family prevention with the traditional based program, Bii-zin-da-de-dah. Youth recreational activities, also community based prevention activities.
SERVING: RED LAKE NATION
Open to the public, Red Lake Transit provides door to door transportation on the Red Lake Reservation everyday and to Bemidji on Tuesdays and Fridays. Children 5 years old and younger are not allowed to ride unsupervised. Call for a ride at least 1 hour ahead of time. Costs are $1.00 for adults, 50 cents for elders 55 and older, 50 cents for students, children 5 years and younger ride free.
Rule 25 assessments, classroom curriculum,. Red Cliff, Protecting You, Protecting Me. Family prevention with the traditional based program, Bii-zin-da-de-dah. Youth activities, also community based prevention activities.
Red Lake Medical Transportation 218-679-3327
Ponemah Medical Transportation 218-554-7347
Elderly Transportation Services 218-554-7347
The Red Lake Nation Head Start serves 160 children on the reservation. We have two sites. One is located in the Early Childhood Center and one is located in Ponemah.
Our Mission is:
To demonstrate a commitment to young children and their families to assure they have resources and opportunities to succeed.
This is accomplished in a positive learning environment in which they can be creative as well as develop a sense of cultural identity. Our staff will promote the development of academic, social, emotional, and physical skills.
Court Administration 218-694-6213
Driver’s License Exams/Driving Tests 218-694-6129
Driver’s License/ATV/Birth/Death/Marriage Certificates/Notary/ID cards 218-694-6129
Bagley Police: Accident Reports and Background Checks 218-694-6150
Clearwater County Dispatch 218-694-6226
Public Transportation/Tri-Valley Heartland Express Bus 1-800-584-7020 or 218-281-5832
Rule 25 and Chemical Dependency Assessment 218-694-6512
Social Services: 218-694-6512
Includes: Adult Services, Behavioral Health, Child Protection/Intake and Assessments, Child Support, Family Health, Fraud, Home Care and Managed Care and Income Maintenance
Public Health/WIC 218-694-6581
Veteran’s Services 218-694-6618
Low cost, refurbished or repurposed used furniture available for sale. Donations of good, used furniture accepted. Custom refinishing is available.
Serving adults who are experiencing the challenges associated with aging or disability. Supervised, engaging setting allows participants to socialize and strengthen physical and mental abilities. Respite care for caregivers. Covered by Medical Assistance, Long term Care Insurance or Private Pay.