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Portland Area Funded Projects 2009-2014

Confederated Tribe of Warm Springs Community Counseling Center

The Confederated Tribe of Warm Springs Community Counseling Center MSPI project uses culturally informed practices such as Positive Indian Parenting and talking circles to prevent suicide and methamphetamine use in the community, focusing on court-ordered adults and families at risk. The project integrates various traditional practices to strengthen cultural ties and coordinates a youth council to identify community needs and contributes to the design and implementation of interventions. The project also utilizes Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainings (ASIST) and has implemented the "Protecting You, Protecting Me" curriculum in schools to promote healthy decision making.

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community MSPI project seeks to improve the health and well-being of the community members through the use of evidence-based practices, sober community events, and health promotion. The project works collaboratively with the Prevention and Youth Education Team and Community Awareness Team to promote prevention and improve mental health among the youth. The project also holds Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainings (ASIST) trainings, White Bison trainings (including Mending Broken Hearts and the Mothers of Tradition), a Youth Retreat, Youth Wellness Day, New Year’s Eve Event, cultural events, and regular meetings for community input.

Cow Creek

The Cow Creek MSPI project utilizes evidence-based practices and community partnerships to improve behavioral health services in the community to address methamphetamine use and suicide. The project has established a partnership with the Drug-Free Community Coalition to support drug prevention and community awareness efforts. The project also augments behavioral health services by increasing the number of qualified counseling and behavioral health staff, and is working to improve treatment for at-risk individuals. The project provides Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainings (ASIST) and Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) trainings, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Hampshire postvention training, cultural sensitivity workshops, and is working to establish an inter-agency Crisis Response Team.

Cowlitz Indian Tribe

The Cowlitz MSPI project utilizes evidence-based practices and Native American Best Practices.The goal is to improve and enhance behavioral health services in the community by addressing methamphetamine use and suicide. The project has established partnerships with other community agencies joining in support of drug prevention and community awareness efforts. The project also augments behavioral health services by increasing the number of qualified counseling and behavioral health staff, and is working to improve treatment for at-risk individuals while engaging members with traditional cultural practices. The project provides Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainings (ASIST) and recently staff members were trained by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Hampshire for postvention training. The project also provides for wrap around services, cultural sensitivity workshops, and is working to establish an inter-agency Crisis Response Team.

Nez Perce Nimiipuu Health

The Nez Perce Nimiipuu Health MSPI project addresses suicide and methamphetamine use in the community through the “Professionals and Communities in Suicide Prevention and Intervention” practice, a community-based intervention that increases the competence of school communities to promote suicide prevention and respond to signs of suicidal ideation. The project has also engaged in National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Hampshire Connect training and has established a community suicide crisis response team and methamphetamine task force. Education and prevention materials are distributed at community events, youth events, and schools to promote community awareness.

Squaxin Island Tribe Northwest Indian Treatment Center

The Squaxin Island Tribe’s Northwest Indian Treatment Center (NWITC) follows the 12 step treatment approach while incorporating Native cultural traditions to assist in addiction recovery for adults in the community. NWITC’s model implements Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), in combination with recovery coaching, which enhances the aftercare of clients leaving treatment by providing peer-to-peer support services. The MSPI project, the Squaxin Island Methamphetamine Recovery, Treatment and Relapse Prevention Project, supports the center by funding two DBT Counselor positions at NWITC, who work to improve patient outcomes, aftercare, linkages to post-treatment recovery support services, data, and information analysis capacity.

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board’s MSPI project, Tribal Health: Reaching out InVolves Everyone (THRIVE), was developed based on the Community Readiness Model and the Social Ecological Model to provide multilevel suicide-related capacity building and technical assistance to the 43 federally-recognized Tribes in ID, OR, and WA. The project has developed an alcohol and drug abuse prevention action plan to also address methamphetamine use in the region as well. THRIVE facilitates trainings in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainings (ASIST), Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR), and safeTALK to increase knowledge and awareness of suicide. THRIVE also contributes to the We R Native adolescent health website (www.wernative.orgExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  ) and text messaging service and helps facilitate the Northwest Native Adolescent Health Alliance.