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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative-Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Initiative Support

Deadline: August 1, 2016

The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is accepting competitive grant applications for a four-year funding cycle of the Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI)—Generation Indigenous (GEN-I) Initiative Support. This will continue the planning, development and implementation of early intervention strategies and the implementation of positive youth development programming to reduce risk factors for suicidal behavior and substance abuse by working with Native youth up to and including age 24.

There are six overall goals of MSPI. These are:

  1. Increase Tribal, UIO, and Federal capacity to operate successful methamphetamine prevention, treatment, and aftercare and suicide prevention, intervention, and post intervention services through implementing community and organizational needs assessment and strategic plans.
  2. Develop and foster data sharing systems among Tribal, Urban Indian Organizations (UIO), and Federal behavioral health service providers to demonstrate efficacy and impact.
  3. Identify and address suicide ideations, attempts, and contagions among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations through the development and implementation of culturally appropriate and community relevant prevention, intervention, and postvention strategies.
  4. Identify and address methamphetamine use among AI/AN populations through the development and implementation of culturally appropriate and community relevant prevention, treatment, and aftercare strategies.
  5. Identify provider and community education on suicide and methamphetamine use by offering appropriate trainings.
  6. Promote positive AI/AN youth development and family engagement through the implementation of early intervention strategies to reduce risk factors for suicidal behavior and substance abuse.

The primary purpose of this IHS grant is to focus on the last goal above, #6, “to promote positive AI/AN youth development and family engagement through the implementation of early intervention strategies to reduce risk factors for suicidal behavior and substance abuse.” IHS is seeking applicants to address this goal by working with Native youth up to and including age 24, on the following broad objectives:

  • Implement evidence-based and practice-based approaches to build resiliency, promote positive development, and increase self-sufficiency behaviors among Native youth;
  • Promote family engagement;
  • Increase access to prevention activities for youth to prevent methamphetamine use and other substance use disorders that contribute to suicidal behaviors, in culturally appropriate ways; and
  • Hire additional behavioral health staff (i.e., licensed behavioral health providers and paraprofessionals, including but not limited to peer specialists, mental health technicians, and community health aides) specializing in child, adolescent, and family services who will be responsible for implementing the project’s activities that address all the broad objectives listed.

Amount: The total amount of funding identified for awards is approximately $8,685,000. Individual award amounts are anticipated to be between $70,000 and $300,000. Applicants will be awarded according to their location within their respective IHS service area and will not compete with applicants from other IHS service areas. Those applicable to New Mexico are listed below:

  • Albuquerque IHS Service Area: IHS expects to provide approximately $433,000 in total awards. Individual award amounts are anticipated to be between $100,000 and $200,000.
  • Navajo IHS Service Area: IHS expects to provide approximately $1,419,000 in total awards. Individual award amounts are anticipated to be between $200,000 and $300,000.
  • Urban Indian Organizations: IHS expects to provide approximately $600,000 in total awards. Individual award amounts are anticipated to be between $100,000 and $200,000.

Eligibility: Federally-recognized Indian Tribes; Tribal organizations; urban Indian organizations, defined as a nonprofit corporate body situated in an urban center, governed by an urban Indian controlled board of directors, and providing for the maximum participation of all interested Indian groups and individuals.

Link: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/06/27/2016-15111/division-of-behavioral-health-office-of-clinical-and-preventive-services-methamphetamine-and-suicide#h-14

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