GRIC Departments and Programs

About Department of Housing Development (DHD) - RHIP

The Residential Housing Improvement Program (RHIP) was established by Council Resolution GR-101-97 and replaced by GR-192-03 in order to provide enrolled GRIC community members with safe, decent and affordable housing. First priority for housing is given to the elderly and disabled enrolled members and then to other eligible enrolled members and their families based on the priority as set forth in the RHIP Interim Guidelines.

Main Number: 520-562-1863
Fax Number: 520-562-9834
Mailing Address: Post Office Box 97, Sacaton, Arizona 85147
Physical Address: 61 East Pima Street, Sacaton, Arizona 85147

About Tribal Education Department

The Tribal Education Department provides direct services to families within the Gila River Indian Community and oversees seven programs which includes; Early Childhood Services, Early Education Child Care & Development, Head Start Program, K-12/JOM Program, Off Reservation Boarding Schools, Student Behavior Specialist and Culture Program. Each program is unique and provides age and grade appropriate level services ranging from expectant mothers, infants, early childhood, elementary middle school age children, high school, higher education and vocational career and technical schools.

About JOM Program

K-12/JOM Program (Johnson O'Malley)

The JOM Program partners with local public schools outside the Gila River Indian Community to profvide assistance to meet the unique and specialized educational needs of Native American children to work toward successful educational achievement.

  • There are seven JOM Student Advisors
  • JOM School sites outside the Gila River Indian Community include:
    1.  Coolidge Hohokam School
    2. Coolidge High School (new)
    3. Casa Grande Union High School
    4. Hamilton High School District (new)
    5. Laveen Elementary School
    6. Betty Fairfax High School
    7. Tolleson Union High School
  • Provides daily support services to Native American students specifically GRIC students enrolled at the JOM school sites
  • Monitors academic and social progress of GRIC students, make home visits, make referral to other agencies when a need is identified that will benefit the student and provides resources while establishing a positive working relationship with parents and guardians.
  • the JOM staff are provided with professional development in areas such as a Student Drop Out Prevention, Bullying, The GRIC Trauncy.

About Student Services

Student Services provides information on the Gila River Indian Community Higher Education Program. We will assist with the application process for the Gila River Scholarship and other College/University Admissions. Student Services can provide assistance with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We will also provide an overview of requirements for scholarship funding for Gila River members.

The deadlines for new and/or previous students are June 1st for the Fall semester and November 1st for the Spring semester. We highly recommend that a student submits their application early.

We look forward to assisting Gila River members to reach their endeavors for a Higher Education.

About Early Childhood Special Services

A Community program for familes with children birth to 5 who may have disabilities and developmental delays. ECSS provides support to families through educating and providing developmental services to help their children reach their full potential beginning with screenings and evaluations that helps to identify services needed which may include;

Speech-Language Pathologists provide direct therapy to children who cannot produce speech sounds or cannot produce them clearly. Children who have experienced damage to the brain due to alcohol/drug abuse, birth defects, or other qualifying medical conditions are also serviced.

Occumational Therapists assist children to improve basic motor funcions. For infants and toddlers therapy may include help with the use of their hands, assistance with skills for listening and following directions and social play skills. In a school setting the Occupational Therapist evaluates a child's abilities, recommends and provides therapy and helps the child participate in as many school activities as possible.

Early Intervention Specialist provides guidance and support to families with concerns about their children's development. Offer developmental screenings, monitor and track children's development and process referrals/evaluations for Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP). Early Intervention Specialists also provide education on parent training.

Early Childhood Special Services Administrative Staff coordinate services appropriate for each child in accordance with Federal/Stat Law, Tribal/State agencies.

Phone: (520) 562-3662 
Fax: (520) 562-2924


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