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$1.4 million Available to Tribal Communities for Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention

$1.4 million Available to Tribal Communities for Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention
December 08
10:24 2016

The Indian Health Service (IHS) announced an additional funding opportunity for the Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) – Generation Indigenous Initiative Support, totaling more than $1.4 million for Tribes, Tribal organizations and IHS federal facilities located in the IHS Navajo, Phoenix and Tucson Areas.

The funding will support project activities that focus on promoting early intervention strategies and the implementation of positive youth development programming to reduce risk factors for suicidal behavior and substance misuse by working with Native youth up to and including age 24.

“A positive step we can take to help build stronger connections in Native families is to develop and implement appropriate prevention, treatment and aftercare for those that are at risk for suicidal behavior and substance misuse,” said Mary L. Smith, IHS Principal Deputy Director. “IHS is committed to working within Native communities to identify and address how we can better share data, educate and train staff to deal with this epidemic in Indian Country.”

The funding is intended to promote positive American Indian and Alaska Native youth development and family engagement through the implementation of early intervention strategies to reduce risk factors for suicidal behavior and substance misuse.

IHS recently announced 42 Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative  funding awards totaling more than $7 million for one year.

These awards will provide more access to health services by increasing the number of behavioral health providers who specialize in working with children, adolescents and families with the overall goal of preventing suicide and substance use.

Generation Indigenous was launched by President Obama in December 2014. Gen I is a Native youth initiative focused on removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunities to succeed. This initiative takes a comprehensive, culturally appropriate approach to help improve the lives and opportunities for Native youth.

President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget for the Indian Health Service proposes additional funding to further expand the MSPI program, proposed to be renamed Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention.

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