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Great Plains Area Funded Projects 2009-2014

Carl T. Curtis Health Education Center

The Carl T. Curtis Health Education Center MSPI project, Project FAME (Fighting Against Meth Everyday), uses evidence-based practices and traditional healing to address methamphetamine use in the community. The project hosts regular school and community based trainings on methamphetamine use in order to provide clarity and awareness to the community youth and adults. The project provides appropriate intervention services via residential treatment which includes a year of intensive outpatient aftercare to patients completing a treatment program including group education, group work, individual therapy, and family education.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST) MSPI project aims to prevent methamphetamine use and suicide within the community. The project provides needed training to community members, tribal employees, Indian Health Service employees, and behavioral health providers. CRST provides evidenced-based and practice-based training including Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), SafeTalk, National Alliance on Mental Illness New Hampshire’s Connect Postvention training, Matrix Model, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) training. CRST also supports treatment and prevention activity for methamphetamine clients.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Methamphetamine Rehabilitation and Recovery Program

The Rosebud Sioux MSPI project has established the Rosebud Methamphetamine Inpatient Treatment Services Project to provide methamphetamine prevention, referral to treatment, and aftercare. The project trains treatment center staff in evidence-based practices such as American Indian Life Skills (AILS), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), the Matrix Model, Motivational Interviewing, the Red Road to Recovery, and 12 Steps. In addition, the project allows clients to participate in traditional ceremony and reconnect with their families during a Family Week event.

Santee Sioux Nation

The Santee Sioux Nation MSPI project, Suicide Prevention: A Holistic Approach Toward Healing Our Youth, utilizes tradition, community events, and partnerships to address suicide among youth and the community as a whole. The project emphasizes the importance of cultural connectedness and aims to build pro-social skills through education circles, equine therapy, and other community activities.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate MSPI project engages youth through social media and youth groups to address suicide and substance abuse. The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Youth Leaders, also referred to as the 7th Generation Oyate Voices, receive skill development training and reach out to their peers through social media to prevent suicide. The project holds community awareness events, including the Dakotah Film Festival and an annual suicide prevention week, during which Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainings (ASIST) and Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) trainings are available. The project has increased depression screening efforts in the schools and awareness of methamphetamine use in the community.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

The Standing Rock Sioux MSPI project, the Standing Rock Youth Wellness Program, assists community members at risk for suicide while also providing suicide prevention activities and community events at schools and organizational buildings. The project combines a variety of evidence-based practices with traditional healing methods and cultural services such as storytelling and sessions with traditional healers.

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians MSPI project aims to raise awareness about suicide and methamphetamine use within the community through a multimedia campaign. The project also supports a mentorship program which pairs at-risk youth with adults and peer mentors trained in the Sources of Strength Youth Suicide Prevention Program. In addition, the project staffs all tribal housing projects with a cultural gatekeeper to coordinate traditional activities including drumming circles, cultural teachings, and talking circles.

Winnebago Behavioral Health

The Winnebago Behavioral Health MSPI project aims to raise awareness of risk factors and enhance protective factors related to methamphetamine use and suicide. The project participates in a number of community events and provides presentations to community members and providers on self-harm, suicide, and medication management. In addition, the project maintains a suicide crisis response team and helps enrolls new clients into methamphetamine treatment programs.