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Oklahoma City Area

Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation will expand treatment and prevention services, while using appropriate evaluation models added to measure and compare effectiveness. They will focus on prevention, screening, and treatment of methamphetamine use; and will provide patient and community education about substance use and suicide awareness.

Chickasaw Nation

The Chickasaw Nation goal is to create safer communities through suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention services. They will provide evidenced and practiced-based programs that are culturally relevant and effective in influencing or changing knowledge, attitudes, and behavior about mental health and suicide. The project will serve Tribal members and families served by the Tribe, and to eligible American Indians residing within the Tribal service area.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s Path to Hope project will work to decrease the risk of suicide and the number of suicide attempts among those American Indians living in their service area. They will focus their efforts on increasing coping skills, improving mental health status, improve the linkage to care; and create system change to decrease suicide risk. They will also work to decrease substance abuse, increasing community and professional knowledge of suicide, and increase the community capacity to seek assistance for youth at risk for suicide. This will be achieved by increasing screening, assessment, strengthening case management, improving care coordination through building partnerships, provider training, utilizing the EHR community alert system to identify persons at risk, provide QPR training to community members, and developing system policies aimed at suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

Citizen Potawatomi Nation

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation will offer a trauma-informed, culturally competent program designed to cultivate and nourish the mind, body, and spirit. They will do this by collaborating with internal and external community partners in carrying out their objectives which consists of afterschool programs, school-based youth alcohol and substance prevention programs, after school homework and tutoring assistance programs, youth mental health referrals, summer programs, and community training to local educators and providers on topics such as bullying, suicide prevention and professional youth work. The staff utilizes 5 evidenced-based Indian Health Service best practices of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), American Indian Life Skills (AILS), Lifelines, Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) and Signs of Suicide (SOS). They will also provide community outreach at cultural activities, health fairs, monthly articles in the local newspaper, peer support groups, youth council meetings, and social media.

Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Restore and Refresh Relationships project is a comprehensive community effort. A complete circle of culturally appropriate services are offered through positive youth programming focusing on restoring tribal youth as whole and functional citizens within the tribal community. Specific outcomes that will result from the project include 12 personal development/relationship-building workshops, 4 Family Circle events, 5 Equine Therapy Classes, and 12 QPR outreach sessions for positive youth development, tribal youth, and teachers at schools, tribal events, and/or other local organizations.

Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Restore and Refresh Relationships project is a comprehensive community effort. A complete circle of culturally appropriate services are offered through positive youth programming focusing on restoring tribal youth as whole and functional citizens within the tribal community. Specific outcomes that will result from the project include 12 personal development/relationship-building workshops, 4 Family Circle events, 5 Equine Therapy Classes, and 12 QPR outreach sessions for positive youth development, tribal youth, and teachers at schools, tribal events, and/or other local organizations.

Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa

The Indian Health Care Resource Center’s project, Strengthening Our Native Youth, works to reduce risk factors for suicidal behaviors and drug use in Tulsa’s American Indian youth ages 7 to 16 years. The program consists of seven integrated parts: 1) training for youth using the American Indian Life Skills program in local schools; 2) Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) training for all IHCRC staff; 3) youth gatherings to include cultural activities; 4) cultural camps for youth; 5) a powwow focused on youth mental health; 6) an ongoing monthly program for Native youth including drum group; and, 7) appropriate referrals for behavioral health and wellness.

Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska

The Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Boys and Girls Club will implement the SMART moves and MethSMART program to help protect the youth from engaging in drug and alcohol abuse, especially methamphetamine abuse. The Boys and Girls Club intends to target Native youth aged 6-9 years with the SMART moves program and follow up with the implementation of MethSMART for the same age group. They anticipate 25-30 youth participating in this year long program.

Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma

The Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma seeks to expand the provision of suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention services currently offered to American Indian adults, adolescents, and children who reside within the area of central Oklahoma served by the Tribe. They will develop a foundation for delivering and sustaining comprehensive, integrated, community-based, and culturally appropriate prevention and treatment services to American Indians and their family members who suffer (or are at risk) for suicide or suicidal behaviors. The focus will be to increase the capacity, effectiveness, and efficiency of suicide prevention services by reducing the prevalence of suicide and suicidal behaviors among the at risk population.

Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma

The Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Teen Suicide Prevention Program will promote early intervention strategies and implement positive youth development programming to reduce risk factors for suicidal behavior and substance abuse. This program facilitates American Indian Life Skills at four local high schools and at Riverside Indian School. They will recruit additional tribal youth programs within the area to participate in suicide and Life Skill presentations; offer evening QPR trainings to tribal programs, church programs, health programs, and parents; coordinate with tribal programs, elders and veterans to speak and teach cultural ways. The overall goal of this program is to raise awareness, reduce stigma, be a resource to the community, and ultimately contribute to a reduction of deaths by suicide in Oklahoma.

Muskogee Creek Nation - Purpose Area 3

The Muscogee Creek Nation seeks to expand the provision of methamphetamine and substance abuse prevention, treatment, and aftercare services currently offered to American Indians who reside within the 11-county area of rural northeastern Oklahoma served by the Tribe. This system will expand and enhance the current program and will provide the foundation for delivering and sustaining comprehensive, integrated, community-based, and culturally appropriate prevention and treatment services to American Indians who suffer (or are at risk) for methamphetamine or substance abuse. The total population of Creek tribal members and members of other tribes residing within the Creek service area is 103,174. The major outcomes of the project include: immediately increase the number of individuals identified as at risk for methamphetamine and substance abuse; increase the number of referrals; increase the number of individuals who receive services; increase the number of individuals trained to identify, refer, assess, manage, and treat those at risk for substance abuse.

Muskogee Creek Nation - Purpose Area 2

The Muscogee Creek Nation seeks to expand the provision of suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention services currently offered to American Indian adults, adolescents, children, and families who reside within the 11-county area of rural northeastern Oklahoma served by the Tribe. This system will expand and enhance the current program and will provide the foundation for delivering and sustaining comprehensive, integrated, community-based, and culturally appropriate prevention and treatment services to American Indians who suffer (or are at risk) for suicide or suicidal behaviors. The total population of Creek tribal members and members of other tribes residing within the Creek service area is 103,174. The major outcomes of the project include: immediately increase the number of individuals identified as at risk for suicide; increase the number of referrals; increase the number of individuals who receive services; increase the number of individuals trained to identify, refer, assess, manage, and treat those at risk.

Northeastern Tribal Health System

The Northeastern Tribal Health System (NTHS) will focus on promoting early intervention strategies and implement positive youth development programming to reduce risk factors for suicidal behavior and substance abuse. The NTHS will offer age appropriate activities for youth ages 8-24 years, addressing the prevention of methamphetamine use and suicide. The project will include implementation and continuation of youth programs designed to address these objectives. They will include: Running WILD mentorship program, My-Life/Man-Up Prevention Program, Eating Disorders Awareness, Suicide Prevention events, youth and family counseling and therapy services, community based awareness events and campaigns, and training and development for NTHS-MSPI Behavioral Health Counselors. The NTHS will offer a collaborative approach that utilizes proven best-practices to increase capacity, while closing gaps in services provided within the catchment area.

Oklahoma City Area Office

The Oklahoma City Area Office Project PATH (Policy, Assessment, Treatment, and Healing) will lead the Area federal clinics and hospitals in the development and implementation of the Zero Suicide approach. The program will provide vital tele-psychiatric services to these sites and through these services patients will receive critical screening, assessment, and treatment for suicidality. In addition, specialty consultation will be available to on-site clinicians to enhance available treatment.

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic

The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC) MSPI program will continue to work diligently to address the substance abuse issues among American Indians living in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas. Over the last six years, the MSPI program has partnered with other OKCIC departments, as well as the community, to educate the American Indian community on substance abuse. The MSPI program has utilized Integrated Behavioral Health to screen, detect, prevent, and provide early intervention services to their patients. The goal of the MSPI program is to continue providing these services and work with community partners to address the need in the American Indian community of the dangers of substance abuse and provide resources and referrals for treatment, as needed. The OKCIC will continue to screen patients ages 11-24 for substance abuse

Otoe-Missouria Tribe

The Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians will meet with the community to assess organizational resources and readiness to address factors contributing to suicide and ways to prevent suicide. They will create a needs that will be the guide to create a comprehensive strategic plan for the prevention and treatment of methamphetamine use and the prevention of suicide.

Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma

The Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma’s overall goal is to provide a focused suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention program to all members of their community. To do this they will expand behavioral health services, foster new coalitions with surrounding school systems, train staff as Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) instructors, and implement a youth enrichment program.

Wyandotte Nation

The Wyandotte Nation program, Empowering Our Youth, is centered on creating a positive and fun environment for youth and young adults to become active and productive in leading a healthy lifestyle. The program offers structure and meaningful activities to keep the youth engaged and active while promoting self-confidence, social competence, emotional control, leadership skills, intellectual flexibility, and cultural understanding through evidence and practice-based practices and holistic approaches. Through this structure, the focus is to promote early intervention strategies and implement positive youth development programming to reduce risk factors for suicidal behavior and substance abuse among youth.