The Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Program awarded to the Division of Behavioral and Mental Health Services (DBMHS) in February 2017 and will be funded to September 2020. The SASPP Grant promotes prevention education and implements positive youth and family programming to reduce the risk for suicidal behavior and substance use. The target population is working with Native youth, up to and including age 24, and their families.
The 4 Main Goals of the Grant:
Implement evidence-based and practice-based approaches to build resiliency, promote positive development, and increase self-sufficiency behaviors among Native youth.
To promote family engagement.
Increase access to prevention activities for youth to prevent methamphetamine use and other substance misuse disorders that contribute to suicidal behaviors, in culturally appropriate ways.
Hire additional Behavioral Health personnel. The SASPP grant is focused on providing prevention, intervention, and postvention strategies and activities to reduce risk factors of suicide and substance use.