Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) & Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI)

Tribes in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah are funded by the Indian Health Service (IHS) to focus on integrated behavioral health and primary care treatment while respecting the balance, wellness, and resilience of American Indians.
• TA evaluation for funded projects to establish baseline data related to MSPI/DVPI funded projects.
• Assistance to sites with establishing and revising their plans for local data collection.
• TA for funded projects to monitor trends on baseline data;
• Site visits for tailored TA, as funding permits
• Virtual site visits for tailored TA for all funded projects.

The two national prevention initiatives are funded for 5-years, during fiscal years 2015-2020.

Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI)

The Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) promotes the use and development of evidence-based and practice-based models that represent culturally-appropriate prevention and treatment approaches to methamphetamine abuse and suicide prevention from a community-driven context.

1. Increase tribal, Urban Indian Organization (UIO), and federal capacity to operate successful methamphetamine prevention, treatment, and aftercare and suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention services through implementing community and organizational needs assessment and strategic plans.

2. Develop and foster data sharing systems among tribal, UIO, and federal behavioral health service providers to demonstrate efficacy and impact.

3. Identify and address suicide ideations, attempts, and contagions among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations through the development and implementation of culturally appropriate and community relevant prevention, intervention, and postvention strategies.

4. Identify and address methamphetamine use among AI/AN populations through the development and implementation of culturally appropriate and community relevant prevention, treatment, and aftercare strategies.

5. Increase provider and community education on suicide and methamphetamine use by offering appropriate trainings.

6. Promote positive AI/AN youth development and family engagement through the implementation of early intervention strategies to reduce risk factors for suicidal behavior and substance abuse.

A Pascua Yaqui tribal member, from the Guadalupe community recounts his journey of sobriety from substance abuse / methamphetamine addiction.  He shares with the audience how culture, family, and healing contribute to his recovery. Please share this message of hope and healing with those that seek a more positive life.

Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI)

The Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) is providing violence prevention and treatment services. The DVPI promotes the development of evidence-based and practice-based models that represent culturally appropriate prevention and treatment approaches to domestic and sexual violence from a community-driven context. The DVPI expands outreach and increases awareness by funding projects that provide victim advocacy, intervention, case coordination, policy development, community response teams, sexual assault examiner programs, and community and school education programs.

Working Group

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Using story-telling as a model, this presentation describes the use of qualitative data in program evaluation. Topics include how stories can enrich evaluations and how to plan, execute, and analyze data obtained via story collection.

Contact

Esther Corbett, Program Manager
esther.corbett@itcaonline.com