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About Us

The Native Healing Program (NHP) is an alcohol and drug treatment center located in Rapid City S.D.  The Native Healing Program was founded in 1970’S   to serve the Native American population living in Pennington County and surrounding Native communities.

NHP reaches out to community resources and promotes collaboration among diverse intergenerational groups; involves our communities as a whole in finding solutions; and gives people the tools to live healthy life styles.  

Stanley W. La Roque, MSW, LAC, CS                

Program Director

Mr. La Roque started working in the field of addiction in 1989 when he became a treatment trainee at Spokane Addiction Recovery Centers in an inpatient setting. He stayed in their employment until he graduated in 2000 with his bachelor degree.  He went to his Masters practicum in Domestic Violence with Herb Robinson at Tapio Counseling center in Spokane WA. After graduation he went to Alaska and helped develop a program for Inhalant abuse with Dr. Larry Morning Star of Texas.  He traveled to different programs to help them set up programs for inhalant abuse. He then went to Yavapai treatment program in Arizona.     He went to Keystone Treatment Center before coming to Native Healing program. After the building burnt down in 2010 he went to the Standing Rock Reservation and worked with the Native population and set up IOP program and mentoring program.  He was then requited to come back to Native Healing and after a stint as the clinical Supervisor he became the director.


Master of Social Work - 2001 - Eastern Washington University, Wash.

Bachelor of Science –Social Work - 2000 - Eastern Washington University, Wash.

Bachelor of Arts –Chemical Dep - 2000 - Heritage College Toppenish, Wash.

Bachelor of Arts –Indian Studies - 2000 - Eastern Washington University

Cholena Pourier

Administrative Assistant

Cholena Pourier, Is the Administrative Assistant at the OST Native Healing Program in Rapid City, SD. She is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the Rockyford Community. She graduated high school from Little Wound High School in Kyle SD. Attended Western Dakota Technical Institute and graduated from the Health Unit Coordinator/ Patient Care Tech Program as well as the A.A.S. Medical Transcription program, and pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management through National American University. Cholena is a certified Tribal Administrative Assistant through Falmouth Institute, CPR Certified, and HIPAA Certified.  Cholena is currently enrolled in the AAPC courses at Great Plains Tribal Health Board and will test in September 2017 to be certified as a professional coder, and also taking courses with North American Tribal Organization and test in March 2017 for National Certification in 3rd Party Revenue Cycle Generation Patient Registration and Healthcare Administration Services. Cholena also has over 10 years of experience working in the administrative field, and has been an active community service member working with non-profits and writing grants for over 5 years.


Theresa A. Bush


Theresa Bush is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Theresa loves working with and taking care of others and has worked in the medical field as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). After 20 plus years she is still certified as a Nursing Assistant. She then went on to attend college at Western Dakota Tech Institute and graduated with a degree in Disability/Human Services. Theresa continued her college career and went on to pursue an Associates Degree in Computer Programming and Networking. She has had multiple trainings and education certificates while working with the Native Healing program. Theresa has also received a degree in Revenue Cycle Management with Third Party Billing and plans to continue her education and training to help people in our community.

Janelle Janis

Counselor Trainee

Janelle is the counselor trainee with NHP and is from Kyle SD. Janelle has six year of experience in the counseling field as a substance abuse counselor. Janelle's expertise is with conducting alcohol and drug assessments and also working with adolescents who have experience grief and trauma. Janelle believes in the Lakota methods of healing through tradition. She does have (3) years of college and plans on completing her bachelor's degree in the near future.


Candace Pourier


Bio Coming Soon!

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