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Albuquerque Area Funded Projects 2009-2014

Alamo Navajo School Board

The Alamo Navajo MSPI project focuses on suicide prevention, utilizing a school-based mental health model. The project partners with the Alamo Navajo Health Clinic which provides outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment, crisis assessment, and intervention. The project also supports Project Venture, an evidence-based positive youth development and substance abuse prevention model designed for American Indian youth, in community schools and summer camps.

Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service

The IHS Albuquerque Area MSPI Technical Assistance (TA) project provides technical assistance to MSPI projects in the Albuquerque Area in the area of general coordination, program management, resource identification, and local evaluation. The Area Office MSPI Coordinator provides regional support to the MSPI projects as a supplement to the staff at IHS Headquarters. The project also hosts regional gatherings and trainings to increase collaboration and coordination of methamphetamine and suicide prevention activities among MSPI projects and regional American Indian/Alaska Native organizations and universities.

Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, Inc.

The Eight Northern MSPI project, the Circle of Life Suicide Prevention Project, is geared toward children and adolescents, and hopes to build pride in the community and self-esteem in the local tribal population through activities and trainings. The project also provides a variety of substance abuse and mental health treatment services to community members.

Five Sandoval Indian Pueblos, Inc.

The Five Sandoval MSPI project conducts trainings on methamphetamine and suicide prevention and intervention, and hosts community forums. Working with community members and youth in Cochiti, Zia, and Santa Ana Pueblos, the Five Sandoval MSPI project provides activities that are culturally competent and unique to the area. In addition, the project works in collaboration with regional Tribal organizations to support suicide prevention legislation in New Mexico.

New Sunrise Regional Treatment Center

The New Sunrise Regional Treatment Center MSPI project, Therapeutic Adventure for Native American Youth (TANAY), is the product of a suicide prevention demonstration project designed in collaboration with the National Indian Youth Leadership Project. TANAY is an adaptation of Project Venture, and aims to provide culturally relevant, adventure-based experiential services to Native American inpatient youth and their families.

Pueblo of Acoma

The Acoma MSPI project uses evidence-based practices and community partnerships to provide suicide prevention, intervention, postvention and crisis response, and aftercare programming to community members. Evidence-based practices in use through Acoma Behavioral Health Services include American Indian Life Skills, the NAMI-NH CONNECT Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Crisis Response models, Strengthening Families Program, and GONA. The project also supports information dissemination and community engagement through digital storytelling workshops for youth and adults which focus on skill building and prevention messaging. The project hosts a number of provider and community trainings and continues regular depression screening processes for new behavioral health clients.

Pueblo of Isleta Behavioral Health Services

The Isleta Behavioral Health Services MSPI project aims to use proven prevention practices along with traditional teachings and values to help youth resist drugs and suicide. The project supports the Young Leaders Youth Krew which focuses on the development of leadership qualities in youth and their capacity to make healthy choices. The project provides youth leaders with ongoing experiences to broaden their horizons and foster healthy risk-taking behaviors. The project also brings together Behavioral Health Services, the Isleta Health Center, Isleta Truancy, Isleta Parks and Recreation, and the Isleta Police Department to organize an annual Light the Path memorial walk to remember their loved ones in a gathering.

Pueblo of Sandia

The Sandia MSPI project functions to reduce suicidal behavior by supporting the behavioral health program. The project has established an integrated model including medical, mental, and home health care providers to refer patients to the behavioral health clinic. The project has provided the clinic with psychological testing instruments and hosts National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) New Hampshire Connect suicide prevention and postvention training for staff and community members.

Pueblo of Zuni

The Zuni MSPI project aims to increase awareness of methamphetamine use and suicide prevention issues in the Pueblo community and surrounding areas. The project is based in the Zuni Recovery Center and works with various community agencies, including School Health Lifestyles, Fire and EMS services, and Zuni Public Schools on education, awareness, and prevention activities.

Ramah Navajo School Board, Division Behavioral Health

The Ramah Navajo MSPI project aims to address the issue of suicide in the community. The project supports a public awareness campaign on suicide prevention and hosts an annual community suicide prevention conference. The project partners with the Department of Behavioral Health Services to provide prevention and screening services to community members. The project also aims to improve data collection and information gathering to inform community leaders.

Southern Ute Community Action Programs, Inc.

The Southern Ute MSPI project, Peaceful Spirit, provides a variety of suicide prevention and treatment services to community members. Prevention efforts include Project Venture and Camp Venture, evidence-based positive youth development and substance abuse prevention models designed for American Indian youth. The project supports intensive residential treatment for clients suffering with addiction or suicide ideation and multisystem therapy for families. In addition, trainings in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and safeTALK are provided to community behavioral health professionals.

Taos Pueblo Health and Community Service Division

The Taos Pueblo Health and Community Service Division MSPI project aims to prevent suicide and methamphetamine use in the community through the use of evidence-based prevention practices. The project collaborates with community partners to support after school programs and summer camps, and provides American Indian Life Skills classes in local high schools. With support from the MSPI project, the Taos Pueblo Behavioral Health Program provides intensive outpatient care for clients presenting with suicide ideology or methamphetamine addictions.

To’Hajiilee Behavioral Health System

The To’Hajiilee Behavioral Health System MSPI project promotes and strengthens the prevention efforts of the behavioral health system. The project has assisted in the creation and implementation of the Native Youth Empowerment Initiative, including a youth council, peer helpers, and a crisis response team. The project has also contributed to the Restoring Balance and Harmony Place Mapping booklet, designed in collaboration with the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center.