Tribal Initiatives to Promote Mental Health and Prevent Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Receive More Than $49 Million in FY 2006 SAMHSA Grants

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- After implementing a new policy that
 American Indians and Alaska Natives will be eligible for all discretionary
 grants, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
 (SAMHSA) has awarded $49.3 million in FY 2006 grant funding for 14 new, and
 one supplemental, discretionary grants to tribal organizations for
 prevention, treatment and recovery support services. The announcement was
 made by Assistant Surgeon General Eric Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H., SAMHSA's
 Acting Deputy Administrator, during his October 4 presentation to the
 National Congress of American Indians 63rd Annual Convention in Sacramento,
 California.
     "In keeping with SAMHSA's vision of 'A Life in the Community for
 Everyone,' our goal is not only to ensure that there is a place in our
 tribal communities for everyone, but also that those lives are full and
 have a good quality of life where native language, culture and traditions
 -- including native healing approaches -- can flourish," said Dr.
 Broderick. "SAMHSA has set an aggressive agenda that supports this policy
 and these grants will ensure that true progress can be made."
     The $49.3 million is the total approximate amount for the grant award
 period, which ranges from one to five years. First-year funding totals
 nearly $11 million. Continuation of these awards is subject to both
 availability of funds and progress achieved by awardees.
     The funds will support culturally relevant programs to promote mental
 health and prevent suicide, mental illness and substance abuse --
 especially methamphetamine use. Those receiving grants included:
      Recovery Community Services Program
        --  Tohono O'odham Nation, Sells, Arizona -- $350,000 for the first
            year to implement a comprehensive peer-to-peer system to support
            individuals in recovery with a full range of recovery support
            services provided locally in the 11 districts that make up the
            federally recognized tribe, which has one of the highest rates of
            substance abuse among all populations in the United States.
 
      State-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Program
      are:
        --  Tohono O'odham Nation, Sells, Arizona -- $400,000 in first-year
            funding to implement a public private partnership-built program to
            address the risk factors leading to youth suicide, including
            substance abuse, using evidence-based practices appropriate to the
            Tohono O'odham Nation.
 
        --  White Mountain Apache Tribe, in Collaboration with Johns Hopkins
            University, White River, Arizona -- $400,000 in the first year to
            collaborate to expand its suicide prevention initiative by
            implementing an integrated three-tier suicide prevention approach
            using culturally adapted, piloted and evaluated evidence-based
            interventions that address youth suicide risk and protective
            factors on the individual, family and community levels.  Tier one
            focuses on community education about suicide risk factors and
            prevention. Tier two addresses the needs of youth with suicide risk
            factors. Tier three serves youth who have attempted suicide.
 
        --  Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Fort Yates, North Dakota -- $400,000 in
            the first year to implement Okolakiciye Unyukinipi ("Revitalizing
            our Societies") that will bring together tribal leaders, service
            providers, youth and faith community leaders to implement a
            comprehensive tribal youth suicide prevention and early
            intervention plan that will identify and increase youth referral to
            mental health services and programs,  increase protective factors
            and reduce risk factors for youth suicide, and improve access to
            prevention and early intervention programs.
 
        --  State of South Dakota, Pierre, South Dakota -- $400,000 in the
            first year to implement suicide prevention and early intervention
            programs in high schools and universities targeting youth ages
            14-24, parents, staff and community "gatekeepers," providing
            awareness, training and education and establishing linkages among
            schools, mental health centers and substance abuse treatment
            providers through referral and post-intervention protocols.  Among
            the partners are Sinte Gelska University on the Rosebud Indian
            Reservation and Wakanyeja Pawicayapi on the Pine Ridge Indian
            Reservation.
 
        --  State of Wyoming, Cheyenne, Wyoming -- $400,000 in the first year
            to reduce the rate of suicidality among state youth, ages 10-24,
            with a special emphasis on Native American youth and college
            students, through better statewide coordination (including the
            establishment of a statewide youth suicide prevention advisory
            council), school-based programming, community-based prevention
            programming, a pilot program for high-risk youth and
            anti-stigma/public awareness.
 
 
      Child Mental Health Services Grants
        --  Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Tucson, Arizona -- $1 million for the first
            year to develop the Sewa Uusim program, a sustainable tribal system
            of care for children with severe emotional disturbance (SED) and
            their families that is culturally-based and consistent with
            evidence-based practices, utilizing a wraparound service
            methodology that incorporates community members as caregivers and
            family members as advisors.
 
      Strategic Prevention Framework Incentive Grants
        --  Cook Inlet Tribe Council, Inc., Anchorage, Alaska -- $1,633,546 for
            the first year will support a tribal infrastructure development
            project to establish a solid foundation for delivering and
            sustaining effective substance abuse prevention services for the
            Anchorage tribal community.
 
        --  Native American Health Center, Inc., Oakland, California --
            $1,455,143 for the first year to support the One with All program
            to expand the capacity of Northern California tribal organizations
            to provide culturally appropriate, evidence-based substance abuse
            prevention services for American Indians and Alaska Natives in the
            region. Built on the principles of the strategic prevention
            framework, it will include not only a needs assessment and
            development of a comprehensive strategic plan, but also an in-depth
            evaluation of the approaches utilized and their impact on the
            growing community.
 
        --  Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa, Peshawbestown, Michigan
            -- $513,831 for the first year to work in partnership with the
            Michigan Public Health Institute's Center for the Collaborative
            Research in Health Outcomes and Policy to implement, evaluate, and
            sustain a strategic prevention framework-focused substance abuse
            prevention effort among the population of the Grand Traverse Band.
            The program is designed to prevent the onset and reduce the
            progression of substance abuse, including childhood and underage
            drinking.
 
        --  The Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, Oklahoma -- $2,093,000 in the first
            year to forge a comprehensive, data-driven, community-based
            integrated system of prevention across the nation.  This substance
            abuse prevention system will provide the infrastructure for
            delivering and sustaining effective, efficient, and culturally
            appropriate substance abuse prevention services to American Indian
            citizens who live in the area served by the tribe.
 
        --  Great Lakes Intertribal Council, Inc., Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin
            -- $1,104,835 for the first year to develop and implement the Great
            Lakes Intertribal Council Strategic Prevention Framework State
            Incentive Project to help the 11 tribes of Wisconsin build the
            infrastructure and capacity needed to better prevent substance
            abuse in their communities, with an emphasis on underage drinking.
 
      Grants to Prevent Methamphetamine Abuse
        --  Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, Oklahoma -- $350,000 in first-year
            funding to forge a comprehensive, community-base, integrated system
            to prevent methamphetamine abuse for American Indian children and
            adolescents.  The preventive intervention will be culturally
            appropriate, use known-effective program elements, and engage the
            active participation of community members in development and
            implementation.
 
        --  Native American Rehabilitation Association of NW, Inc., Portland.,
            Oregon -- $350,000 in the first year to implement Raising Our
            Seventh Generation, a pilot program to identify innovative
            methodologies to prevent, reduce or delay methamphetamine abuse
            among young Native American children whose parents are in treatment
            for methamphetamine abuse, including culturally relevant program
            components to develop or strengthen known protective factors for
            young children at risk of drug use.
 
      Treatment for Homeless Program (Supplement)
        --  Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. Anchorage, Alaska-- $199,808 for
            one year to add five residential treatment beds for homeless
            chronic inebriates who are Alaskan Natives or American Indians.
            This program will provide comprehensive, coordinated case
            management services.
     SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and
 Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability,
 capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention,
 addictions, treatment and mental health service delivery system.
 
 

SOURCE Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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