Native Connection’s purpose is to increase access to culturally-appropriate substance abuse and suicide prevention programming and mental health services for American Indian/ Alaska Native youth and young people living in Siskiyou County especially those youth residing on the Quartz Valley Indian Reservation (QVIR), while increasing community engagement and strengthening service delivery.
The Anav Tribal Health Center, (ATHC) provides medical, dental, counseling/therapy, equine therapy, and community/cultural based services and activities. Our philosophy is that culture is prevention which creates resiliency factors to prevent young American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) from becoming at-risk. Even more important is the belief that each individual may need a different level of care and engagement. ATHC currently serves ages youth ages 10-24 living in the Scott Valley Region of Siskiyou County, while the program has been successful in reaching at-risk youth staff continuously feel the need for more resources and a stronger collaborative system.
The proposed project goal is to expand and strengthen the ATHC’s integrated programming capacity and community support systems that a) reduce the impact of trauma; b) prevents suicide/suicidal ideation and substance use; and 3) integrate mental health promotion for AIAN youth and transitional aged youth ages 10 – 24.
Project components include: 1) Planning and building community engagement capacity specific community needs and readiness; 2) Address gaps in service and strengthening current service delivery by developing and implementing youth and transitional aged youth programming; 3)Engaging staff clinicians to participate in youth care coordination activities and programming; and 4) Engage community voice. Specifically, the Native Connections project will enhance and develop the ATHC’s current suicide and substance abuse and mental health service infrastructure and service delivery for our youth members by adding the following additional programming: 1) Support youth services and outreach activities; 2) Support annual youth GONA; 3) Develop and implement a transitional aged youth program and outreach ; 4) Support youth based trauma-informed care coordination, screening, assessment, and treatment.
Native Connections will increase community voice and engagement through a variety of resource building and readiness activities which will increase the overall effectives of the ATHC’s suicide/ substance abuse prevention and mental health programming as well as identify needs and gaps in service. ATHC will proactively target challenges and disparities within current programming through member identification and assessment, enhanced outreach, and integration of traditional healing practices with evidence-based practices.