Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium will provide suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention services that contribute to an enhanced infrastructure of addressing suicide in Alaska through activities that achieve the following goals: 1) provide culturally supplemented evidence-based trainings on suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention to tribal communities; 2) develop suicide prevention awareness, education and outreach resources oriented for youth; 3) enhance the infrastructure of the Alaska tribal health system through policy development and continuity of care.
Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc.
The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc. (APIA) will provide Mental Health First Aide training events to include train the trainer as a function of implementing strategies for prevention, intervention, and postvention for suicide among elders. Additionally, APIA will host ongoing elder tea support groups to foster a traditional and culturally appropriate setting for elders to meet and have access to clinicians. Through documented stories and gatherings APIA will create digital and print campaigns, “Embracing the Changing Tides” to focus on value and strategies to embrace and cultivate communities where aging is honored and at the heart of a thriving community.
Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation
The Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation Mending Our Nets project is designed to be a response to a regional need for suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention services. They will utilize many ways to provide these services and will not restrict it to only clinical and therapeutic services. They will: 1) foster collaboration with local, regional, and state agencies; and 2) engage the regional communities through an empowering process that is more culturally and socially sustainable by holding cultural activities and training for staff and community members.
The Chugachmiut suicide prevention project will fund the 24/7 Crisis Line for the vast region stretching from Cordova to Seward to the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula. They will be able to provide clothing emblazoned with the Crisis Line phone number to those with the greatest needs within their region.
Copper River Native Association
The Copper River Native Association will develop an evidence-based, trauma informed resiliency program for youth ages 8-24 years in the targeted communities. The program addresses historical/personal trauma issues that are known risk factors for methamphetamine use, suicide, and substance abuse disorders. This program will build upon their strengths, provide skills training to overcome trauma responses, and involve families. A Project Coordinator will be employed to coordinate the education, planning, development, training, and implementation of program activities.
Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments
The Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments (CATG) will expand its behavioral health program to the village clinics. They now have full-time Behavioral Health Aide positions at 4 clinics and one clinic has a half-time position and are currently recruiting to fill all of the positions. The Aides will provide Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) and Crisis Stabilization services; and will organize community prevention activities and afterschool activities for the youth. They have a successful partnership with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct cultural camps for youth that will continue in 2016.
Eastern Aleutian Tribes
The Eastern Aleutian Tribes (EAT) provides care across 1,500 miles of rural Alaska through teams consisting of Midlevel Providers, Community Health Aides/Practitioners (CHA/Ps), Behavioral Health Aide/Practitioners (BHA/Ps), and a dental team. The teams are trained and educated to screen for depression and alcohol abuse at each visit. They provide educational materials on these topics and maintain a 24/7 emergency telephone number. The project collaborates with a number of organizations to support an annual two-eek long youth culture camp and plans activities in all of the region’s sites to help bring awareness to suicide and methamphetamine prevention.
Kenaitze Indian Tribe
The Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s project engages at-risk youths ages 12-17 and their families in positive, culturally rich youth development activities such as cultural immersion camps, talking circles, and storytelling. Evidence-based treatment utilizing the Matrix Model is offered to youth and families through the Ch’anikna Youth Outpatient program and through outreach to local middle and high schools. Prevention trainings, including ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), safeTalk, and Mental Health First Aid, are also provided for youth and the community.
Kodiak Area Native Association
The Kodiak Area Native Association will increase methamphetamine prevention projects and activities in Kodiak and the six surrounding villages served by the organization. In order to raise public awareness and prevent future issues in methamphetamine abuse, the Project Coordinator will coordinate and offer the Meth460 program in all Kodiak Schools. They will support training on the MATRIX model to all substance abuse counselors, as well as support attendance at the Annual School on Addictions for both substance abuse staff and behavioral health aides.
The Maniilaq Association will focus on promoting positive youth development and family engagement through the implementation of early intervention strategies to reduce risk factors for suicide and substance abuse. They plan to meet this goal by: 1) sponsoring culture camps throughout the region in partnership with the village tribal councils; and, 2) promote wellness activities in the region in partnership with local wellness committees.
Norton Sound Health Corporation
The Norton Sound Health Corporation’s Behavioral Health Services (BHS) will hire a Prevention Specialist to facilitate the integration of medical and behavioral health services in Nome and fifteen outlying villages, by developing protocols for case coordination and implementing those protocols across the region. The BHS will: manage suicidal ideations, attempts, and completions through a dedicated 24/7 crisis management response system; train staff to provide the Risking Connections protocols and Crisis Incident Stress Management debriefing; facilitate the training of staff members in the implementation of Matrix, Adolescent Matrix Model, and Parenting with Love and Limits; collaborate with regional partners to train youth leaders in suicide prevention peer support strategies; and provide an annual summer camp for youth to explore suicide issues and develop prevention and strength-based methods of recognizing signs and symptomologies.
Pribilof Islands Aleut Community of St. Paul Island
The Pribilof Islands Aleut Community of St. Paul Island will develop a Youth Business Center, provide youth led job opportunities, and sponsor family activities to develop youth responsibility and ownership in reducing risk factors for suicidal behavior and substance abuse. Their Behavioral Health Division will work with the Tribal Youth Council in hiring a consultant to develop a business plan to open and operate this business center. They will engage the community by holding activities addressing substance use and suicide prevention by promoting life skills, healthy relationships, and cognitive behavioral therapy interventions. The Tribal Youth Council will also create professional Unangan (Aleut) materials that are culturally relevant.
The Southcentral Foundation (SCF) will provide prevention, intervention, and postvention services with their customer owners who are already showing signs and symptoms, thereby reducing the incidence of suicide ideation and attempts. Reducing suicide attempts and completed suicides is a core SCF corporate initiative. The SCF Behavioral Services Division will engage in community-based participatory practices that will help SCF identify the gaps and develop culturally relevant programming. The participatory practices will also help SCF make incremental improvements to its existing services to maximize the impact the health system can have on suicide prevention.
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) program for Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention is called "Wisdom for Life." It includes culturally resonant activities, such as drumming, paddling, and carving in southeast Alaska villages. These activities bring together multi-generational groups to address culture, resilience and healing. The SEARHC program will also include a regional Helpline that gives access to caring staff at any time and from any location in the vast service area of southeast Alaska. Finally, SEARHC will strengthen its Crisis Response Team in southeast Alaska and improve communication of this resource system-wide.
Tanana Chiefs Conference
The Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) Methamphetamine Prevention and Wellness project will provide prevention and improved treatment services for methamphetamine users to Alaska Native residents living in the Interior region served by the TCC. They have three goals: 1) increase the availability of local data about methamphetamine use; 2) increase community and TCC system capacity to prevent methamphetamine use; and, 3) increase TCC system capacity to treat methamphetamine use.
Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Cherish the Children program uses traditional values and practices in prevention and treatment programs to help the Yup'ik and Cup'ik Eskimos and Athabaskan Indians in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta region in Southwest Alaska heal from mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. The prevention department is incorporating the elder teachings of Calricaraq (Helping Families Heal) at community activities and learning workshops to teach traditional skills that will provide them with inner strength. These same inherent skills sustained their ancestors for thousands of years in one of the harshest climates in North America, and they are relevant today as a means to instill culturally based protective factors in our youth. This program will target one Alaska Native community and then expand to two other communities as each location becomes sustainable.