SASP/DVP/FHC

Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (SASP), Domestic Violence Prevention (DVP) & Forensic Healthcare (FHC) Services

During fiscal years 2022-2026, the Indian Health Service (IHS), Division of Behavioral Health, is providing behavioral health support thru three 5-year competitive grants. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., Tribal Epidemiology Center (ITCA TEC) is available to provide behavioral health technical assistance including the following specific subject areas:

  • Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (SASP)
  • Domestic Violence Prevention (DVP)
  • Forensic Healthcare (FHC) Services

Additional program information about Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention can be found at the IHS SASP website: https://www.ihs.gov/sasp/

Additional program information about Domestic Violence Prevention can be found at the IHS DVP website: https://www.ihs.gov/dvpi/

Available technical assistance thru the ITCA TEC:

ITCA TEC is available to provide technical assistance and training for Tribes within the IHS Phoenix-Tucson Service Areas. Please feel free to reach out to discuss support that your Tribe may need for this important programming.

  • Community Health Profiles/Community Health Assessment
  • Other Report Construction
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Search
  • Development of health education materials
  • Document review
  • Literature search
  • Program evaluation
  • Survey design or question development
  • Public Health Workshops

Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (SASP)

The Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention grant promotes behavioral health prevention and intervention resources for American Indians. Under SASP, the following two programs are utilized:

  • Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Aftercare (SAPTA)
  • Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention (SPIP)

Resources for Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention can be found at the IHS SASP Resources webpage:

Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Aftercare (SAPTA)

The Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention grant seeks to reduce the prevalence of substance use and decrease the overall use of addictive and illicit substances among Native American populations.

  • Improving care coordination;
  • Expanding behavioral health care services through the use of culturally appropriate evidence-based and practice-based models to address these issues;
  • In addition to any proposed activities for the adult population, develop, or expand on activities for the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Initiative by implementing early intervention strategies for AI/AN youth at risk for substance abuse behavior

Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention (SPIP)

The Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention seeks to reduce the prevalence of suicides, suicide ideations, and suicide attempts among Native American Populations.

  • Improving care coordination;
  • Expanding behavioral health care services through the use of culturally appropriate evidence-based and practice-based models to address these issues;
  • Developing or expanding on activities for the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Initiative by implementing early intervention strategies for AI/AN youth at risk for suicidal behavior, in addition to any proposed activities for the adult population

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Domestic Violence Prevention (DVP) Program

The Domestic Violence Prevention (DVP) Program, previously titled the Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI), provides violence prevention and treatment services for tribes, tribal organizations, Urban Indian organizations (UIO), and federal facilities.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Resources for Violence Prevention and Intervention can be found at the IHS DVP Resources webpage: https://www.ihs.gov/dvpi/resources/

Forensic Healthcare (FHC) Services

The IHS Forensic Healthcare Program was established to address sexual violence, and has expanded to include intimate partner violence, child sexual abuse, and elder maltreatment. The program trains providers in forensic medical examinations, evidence collection techniques, and in coordinated community response to address violence.
Forensic healthcare providers are typically registered nurses, but are also advanced practice nurses, physicians, and physician assistants.

  • Provide medical treatment and evaluation
  • Have a specialized knowledge in injury identification
  • Collect evidence
  • Provide testimony in a court of law to assist with prosecution of individuals who commit acts of abuse.

Additional Resources:

The Risk Communication Toolkit

The Risk Communication Toolkit
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The purpose of this toolkit is to support Tribal organizations and nations in developing their risk communication plans. Each Tribal community will need to determine the risk communication plan that is most effective for their community. The context of risk communication must be taken into consideration, along with the unique Tribal culture, available resources, and modes of communication used by Tribal members and service providers. This toolkit offers an approach to plan for a risk communication strategy that fits your community best. It describes risk communication plans used in other Tribal communities, as well as in non-Tribal settings. It also provides a series of worksheets to help guide your planning, along with a list of resources and questions to support your discussions among key Tribal stakeholders. Finally, there are examples for how to apply the appropriate communication strategies described in this toolkit.

AAR Behavioral Health Toolkit

Community Health Profile (CHP) Regional Report

Community Health Profile (CHP) Regional Report
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The purpose of the Regional Community Health Profile for American Indians and Alaska Natives in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah 2014-2019 report is to provide information on the health and wellness of the Tribes in the Indian Health Service Phoenix and Tucson (IHS) Areas. The target audience for this report includes: Tribal Health Directors, public health professionals, Tribal Leadership, and health researchers. This report provides an overview of demographics and various health indicators for the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) population in the Phoenix-Tucson Service Areas.

Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Surveillance among American Indians in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah Report

Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Surveillance among American Indians in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah Report
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The purpose of the Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Surveillance among American Indians in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah report is to provide information about mental health and substance use disorders affecting American Indians in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. The target audience for this report includes: Tribal Health Directors and public health professionals, tribal leadership, and health researchers. This report focuses on indicators of behavioral health and substance abuse in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. This surveillance report demonstrates the current trends in behavioral health and substance abuse using data requested from state surveillance systems and national surveys, including hospital discharge, vital statistics, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), and Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBSS) data.

Contact information:

Darien Fuller, Epidemiologist II
Darien.fuller@itcaonline.com