Fairbanks Native Association (FNA) is applying for SAMHSA COVID-19 ERSP funding. Our proposed project will expand our existing Alaska Native Pandemic Project (ANPP). The focus of ANPP-2 is to provide prevention training, case management, and Recovery Support services for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) adults (25+) who have attempted or are at-risk of suicide and/or domestic violence from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.
AI/AN suicide and domestic violence rates far exceed the national average. AI/AN face disproportionately high financial, health, and behavioral health challenges, all of which are exacerbated by the pandemic. Stay-at-home orders increase the risk of domestic violence, substance misuse, poverty, and disconnection from social and cultural supports.
ANPP-2 will serve 120 unduplicated clients over the 16 month period. Existing FNA Behavioral Health (BH) ANPP-1 services include 1) a comprehensive community-wide plan of evidence-based substance use disorder and co-occurring SUD and mental health disorder treatment services for individuals impacted by the pandemic; 2) Recovery Support services for all for residential and outpatient individuals with Chronic Mental Illness or Serious Mental Illness, or mental health and/or alcohol disorders; 3) Crisis Mental Health Services (including a 24 hour on-call crisis team and Crisis Intervention, Stabilization, and Therapy); and 4) a plan for rapid follow-up and protocols following crisis. New services to enhance and expand the ANPP include the addition of 1) suicide and domestic violence prevention training for community members at large, community coalition members, and clinical providers; 2) a social media campaign to raise community awareness of new services and recruitment mechanism, 3) case management for Recovery Support services for individuals who have attempted or are at-risk for suicide and are exiting the emergency room or treatment and victims of domestic violence.
The existing 17 member community coalition, the Interagency Transition Council (ITC) will play a key role in the project. During its six year tenure it has provided leadership, planning, and rapid access to behavioral health service and Recovery Support providers to FNA projects for the past six years. The ITC is the BH System of Care for this service area. It includes representatives in the following service domains and individuals: Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Education & Employment, Spiritual/Cultural, Housing, Health and Emergency Care, Child Welfare, a suicide victim survivor, a veteran, youth, an AI/AN Elder, and members of the community-at-large. Formal agreements are in place for most of the ITC providers, with the remainder to be updated or formalized within three months of project funding. The ITC is responsible for the social media campaign, identification and recruitment of clients, rapid access to care, and assisting in the identification of suicide and domestic violence curriculum.