December 24, 2019

San Poil Treatment Center Builds Public Health Capacity

Keller, Washington

San Poil Treatment Center Builds Public Health Capacity

Building public health capacity for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Native Americans have some of the highest substance abuse rates while often having limited access to health care and treatment options. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation are aiming to change that equation with an on-reservation treatment center that will provide a continuum of services from early intervention programs to inpatient treatment.
For the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation rising levels of substance abuse have brought a host of other problems including domestic violence, financial insecurity, incarceration, and overdoses. A long history of disenfranchisement, along with high levels of poverty and unemployment are important contributing factors to this public health crisis.

The Tribe’s Business Council sought to address the substance abuse crisis by building a treatment center on-reservation. They saw this as a way to expand access to health care and addiction treatment services, while also creating permanent jobs. The project was informed by the Indian Health Service’s research suggesting that substance abuse treatment for Native Americans is more successful when it is culturally specific and informed by local languages and customs.

To break ground on the San Poil Treatment Center, the Tribe needed to find multiple sources of capital. Early on, they identified Craft3 as a potential source of financing and they saw a New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) investment as the perfect vehicle. The NMTC program is designed to attract investment to underserved communities. Craft3 brought $10 million in NMTC allocation to the project, with Ecotrust adding $6.5 million in NMTC allocation. US Bank purchased the tax credits created with these NMTC allocations. The State of Washington provided an additional contribution of $4.5 million in state funding to the project.

In addition to a treatment center, the 35,000 square foot campus will include equine therapy, meditation trails, sweat lodges, and river and mountain views. To accommodate the new staff for the San Poil Facility the Tribes are building a total of 26 new housing units in Keller and Elmer City. These are bold and hopeful steps towards improving public health outcomes and strengthening the local community and economy. Read more about the San Poil Treatment Center.

About the New Markets Tax Credit program

New Market Tax Credits (NMTCs) are an important tool in Craft3’s community financing toolbox. Established in 2000, NMTCs incentivize investment in low-income communities. Investors provide capital to community development entities (CDEs) in exchange for significant federal tax credits: 5 percent of the investment for each of the first three years and 6 percent for the remaining four years for a total of 39 percent. Craft3 is a CDE and we use NMTCs to finance larger, more complex projects that offer significant and multiple community benefits.