The Quileute Health Center New Beginnings Programs wishes to apply for FY2022 funding opportunity HHS-2022-HIS-SPIP-0001, a component of the Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Program (SASP.)
The purpose of this IHS grant is to reduce the prevalence of suicide among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations by improving care coordination, expanding behavioral health care services using culturally appropriate, evidence-based models to address these issues; and developing or expanding on early intervention strategies for AI/AN youth at risk for suicidal behavior, in addition to proposed activities for adults. This will be accomplished through the following:
Objective 1: Educate and train providers on model practices for suicide screening.
Objective 2: Educate and train community members to recognize and respond to the warning signs of suicide to be able to prevent and intervene.
Objective 3: Improve the referral process.
Objective 4: Develop or expand on activities that build resiliency, resistance, promote positive development, and increase self-sufficiency among youth.
Objective 5: Refer to cultural services and/or culturally appropriate suicide prevention, intervention, or postvention services, including natural support systems.
Objective 6: Develop a formal plan to ensure the sustainability of these objectives and activities beyond the life of this grant.
The program plans to meet these objectives through a coordinated, community-based approach with youth, elders, schools, tribal and other partner agencies to provide education, awareness, and support to members of the Quileute community. These services will be offered mainly through group settings, but individual care coordination will be offered as appropriate, to promote healing and resilience through the power of culture and tradition. We have developed an outline for service delivery through information gathered at a Strategic Planning meeting held in coordination with our partners involved in the Northwest Coast Tribal Partnership (NWCTP). Groups and individuals will be offered traditional crafts and life skills supports to promote connection, self-regulation, and reinforcing the message that culture is prevention. Prevention training will include evidence based approaches such as Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM.)