Benewah Medical Center
The Benewah Medical Center will address suicide prevention, intervention, postvention, and contagion within the boundaries of the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation and remaining catchment area by incorporating and utilizing the following: 1) adding a Behavioral Health professional; 2) collaborate with community-based stakeholders and providers from surrounding counties; 3) integrate the evidence-based QPR Gatekeeper model into the community and complete direct consultation with QPR originator/founder (Paul Quinnett, PhD); 4) obtain training/consulting services from the Native Wellness Institute and Washington State University Medical Science/Medical Director.
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs
The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Keeping Our Roots Strong project will collaborate with tribal programs and the Indian Health Service on a comprehensive suicide strategic plan that will address the full continuum of care from mental health promotion, prevention, treatment, and aftercare; and establishing shared policies, protocols, and training.
Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians
The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians will focus on fostering culturally appropriate prevention strategies to promote positive youth development. They will provide an afterschool program for the youth and workshops available to the parents. They will also host cultural revitalization events and activities that will promote cultural wellness and break the cycle of intergenerational trauma.
Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board – Purpose Area 2
The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board THRIVE project (Tribal Health: Reaching out InVolves Everyone) will provide suicide prevention training and technical assistance to the 43 federally-recognized tribes in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. In collaboration with the Northwest tribes, tribal clinics, and regional partners, THRIVE will build regional capacity on the prevention, intervention, and postvention of suicide, suicide contagion, and suicide attempts among the American Indian/Alaska Native communities in the Pacific Northwest. THRIVE will work to improve tribal suicide prevention policies and environments, and increase knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors among American Indian/Alaska Natives in the Northwest using strategies that build protective factors against suicide.
Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board – Purpose Area 4
The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board THRIVE project (Tribal Health: Reaching out InVolves Everyone) provides suicide prevention training and technical assistance to the 43 federally-recognized tribes in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. In collaboration with the northwest tribes, their activities will reduce risk factors for suicidal behavior and substance use among American Indian/Alaska Native youth by connecting them to culturally-appropriate tools and resources that promote positive youth development. THRIVE will provide training on leadership skills, social marketing, and health activism, and will amplify health messages.
Puyallup Tribe of Indians
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians and the Kwawachee Counseling Center (KCC) will partner to address serious and documented suicide risks in the Puyallup tribal community by proposing a Zero Suicide Project. The key elements of this project are the provision of a contracted full-time Suicide Prevention Clinician at the KCC and utilize QPR and ASIST suicide prevention training for staff at KCC, Puyallup Tribal Government departments and the Chief Leschi School.
The Tulalip Tribes’ Families for Life (FFL) program provides a dedicated licensed mental health professional to the families, community as well as professionals of Tulalip Tribes for prevention and postvention activities aimed at decreasing suicide and its impact on the Tulalip People. They provide best practice trainings on suicide prevention and identification for the community; and educates the community on how to access the crisis system. The therapist acts as a liaison when needed to ensure the crisis Mental Health System is working effectively for tribal members as well as providing very brief therapy services when indicated and referring clients to longer ongoing care as appropriate. The therapist will provide leadership to organize community leaders and members to participate in an ongoing workgroup to create a community work plan ultimately creating an advisory board to implement and follow up on the plan in the years to come.
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and their Counseling and Family Services Suicide Prevention Program will identify and address suicide ideations, attempts, and contagions among the Fort Hall American Indian population through the practice and implementation of culturally appropriate and community relevant prevention, intervention, and postvention services. This program will increase provider and community education on suicide by offering training and will promote positive youth development and family engagement through the implementation of early intervention strategies to reduce risk factors for suicidal behavioral and substance abuse.
Squaxin Island Indian Tribe
The Squaxin Island Indian Tribe’s Northwest Indian Treatment Center (NWITC) is a residential chemical dependency treatment facility designed to serve American Indians from tribes located in Oregon, Washington and Idaho who have chronic relapse patterns related to unresolved grief and trauma. Through the Meth Relapse Prevention Project, the NWITC will promote client-centered recovery by improving the quality and intensity of culturally-infused, individualized methamphetamine treatment and wrap-around aftercare and relapse prevention services. The project will enhance and expand the development of the post-treatment peer support recovery coaching components; enhance comprehensive referral relationships with recovery support service providers in the clients’ home communities; and building and enhancing a collaborative network of trauma-informed, culturally-responsive health resources for clients.
Western Oregon Service Unit – Chemawa Indian Health Center
Western Oregon Service Unit – Chemawa Indian Health Center, Indian Health Service, Behavioral Health Department is preparing for the rollout of their positive youth development program beginning the next academic school year. They are collaborating with their designation youth coalition, AVID, and their peer leaders in key project venture components. This has included social emotional learning skills building, project venture cultural curriculum, afterschool programs, weekend experiential leadership development retreats, community service projects, and obtaining key training and enhanced competencies in the Project Venture model. They are currently completing student feedback reports which will result in delivering positive youth development programs, promote increased resiliency/protective factors, increased cultural identity and increased cultural knowledge, and students self-report of accomplishing their goals. They have completed the initial comprehensive Project Venture training, have established target dates for next level training, and have formalized expanded community capacity partnerships to support the aims of our project, to include the Northwest Youth Corps, and the Portland Area Outward Bound program.