Five Sandoval Indian Pueblo, Inc. (FSIP) is one of the oldest Native American non-profit organizations in New Mexico serving tribal communities of Cochiti, Jemez, Sandia, Santa Ana, Zia and surrounding tribal and non-tribal communities in Sandoval County. FSIP provides services in rural communities where populations are small and access to care is limited. FSIP is generally the primary resource to these tribal communities for these services. FSIP ‘Strengthening Tribal Community Wellness through FSIP Prevention and Intervention Program to Reduce Youth Suicide and Substance Use’ will provide prevention and treatment interventions in tribal communities to prevent and reduce suicide and substance use behaviors, reduce the impact of trauma and promote mental health. The majority of FSIP services are provided by tribal members and in such a manner that the value of tribal sovereignty, traditional culture, and community integrity are respected and preserved. The project will include tribal community members to be involved in all grant activities including planning, program implementation and evaluation.
The program includes culturally responsive evidence-based models in both prevention intervention and postvention interventions. Programming will be accomplished through a community-based approach using universal, selective, and indicated prevention and intervention strategies by enhancing service delivery systems. The enhancement of service delivery systems include: developing care coordination practices (the practices will specifically address suicide, substance use, and trauma in both prevention and treatment interventions); implementing advocacy strategies by promoting wellness among tribal members and their families; developing and foster youth leadership initiatives and creating a youth council; and promoting overall community health. Additionally, strategies including community engagement and outreach will be identified extending outreach efforts and engaging more tribal members and their families into programming. Training will be provided to behavioral health, prevention specialist, and case management on culturally appropriate, trauma informed, evidence-based models. FSIP is committed to partnering with both tribal and non-tribal entities to maximize wellness.