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California Rural Indian Health Board

The California Rural Indian Health Board’s Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative will increase tribal health programs’ capacities to address suicidal risk factors, thoughts and behaviors within their service areas, as well as increase education on methamphetamine use. The program will begin with the development and completion of a needs assessment survey regarding community capacity for addressing suicide risk factors, thoughts, and behaviors. This will be followed by fostering coalitions and networks within local communities for improved care coordination, including collaboration amongst different tribal entities, as well as training in and promotion of evidence-based prevention, treatment, and postvention strategies.

Feather River Tribal Health, Inc.

The Feather River Tribal Health, Inc. will expand and enhance existing suicide prevention and intervention services delivered at Tribal medical clinics through the use of a computerized depression and suicide risk assessment tool that will integrate with the facilities’ electronic health record at the time of the visit. Eight clinic sites representing four Tribal health clinics will participate in the first year of the grant. Patients aged 15 and older will be screened using the computerized tool and follow-up will be provided to all patients with a positive screen. The clinic will receive training on the kiosk, screening tool, interventions for positive results and post-intervention methods. GPRA will be used to monitor the effectiveness of the screening tool and method. The goal is to establish policy and system changes that become routine care in their clinics.

Indian Health Council, Inc.

The Indian Health Council, Inc. (IHC) project will: 1) address the need for community prevention programming and collaboration specifically targeting methamphetamine use; 2) enhance the IHC’s capacity to assess and treat individuals diagnosed with methamphetamine abuse, often in combination with suicide ideation; 3) establish an evidence-based, culturally-oriented aftercare services program in the continuum of care, including trauma-informed counseling for individuals and families affected by methamphetamine use; and, 4) enable the IHC to improve the data tracking, evaluation, and reporting of outcomes for this patient group. The project goal is to reduce methamphetamine use in American Indian communities by expanding prevention and behavioral health care, including treatment and aftercare services.

Toiyabe Indian Health Project, Inc.

The Toiyabe Indian Health Project, Inc. Family Services Department will work to expand their methamphetamine prevention, treatment, and aftercare services. They will provide culturally competent substance-abuse counseling services, psychiatric care services, Acudetox, and drug and alcohol testing kits. The kits will help guide treatment and are used for diagnostic, not investigative, purposes only.