Native American Community Clinic (NACC) in Minneapolis MN proposes a 3-year community-based participatory research (CBPR) project entitled, “Building infrastructure and workforce development for American Indian youth and community”. Resulting in a comprehensive and culturally responsive mental health system of care for urban-dwelling American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and their families. Services will focus on crisis response and school-based care to support family preservation. AI/ANs children are 17.6 times more likely to experience out-of-home care than their white counterparts were. Children under age 2, the most vulnerable, and youth between 15 and 17 years of age were more likely to experience out-of-home care. Likewise, AI/ANs youth between ages 15-18 experience the highest rates of suicide. A substantial portion of children entering the child protective system (23.4 percent) and those continuing (39.8 percent) have a documented disability. This will be accomplished through three goals 1) Increase access to culturally informed community-based crisis response and system of care model for children and youth, and their families, experiencing unmet mental health crisis needs; 2) Increase the communities’ capacity to respond to the needs of urban Native American children and youth in crisis and with high-risk behavior, by training service providers and informal support providers; and 3) Develop a framework and tool for crisis intervention and determining need for mandated reporting, based on the Native American communities’ needs and cultural norms. The CBPR approach will support the capacity building within the community, and workforce development. Targets by year and total: Y1=60; Y2=85; and Y3=110 for a total of 255 unduplicated participants. Together these three goals will enhance the quality and improve access to culturally responsive care provided to AI/AN children and youth, and also reduce the impact of historical trauma and ongoing systematic oppression and structural racism through training and resources.