NACA Awarded Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Funding  

| October 6, 2014

Native Americans for Community Action, Inc. is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Through this 5-year project, Native Americans for Community Action, Inc. will provide youth suicide prevention programming throughout Coconino County and collaborating communities within the Hopi Tribe. NACA’s youth suicide prevention program will build upon previous Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) grant efforts to reduce the rates of suicide and suicide attempts in these communities. Existing resources such as key partnerships, a cohort of suicide prevention trainers, and the Coconino County Injury Prevention Task Force will aid in the implementation of project goals. Five distinct, yet interconnected goals have been developed to improve and increase outreach, access to services, resources, collaboration and surveillance. These goals are;

  • Goal 1: Increase participation in and access to treatment and prevention services for American Indian youth in Northern Arizona.
  • Goal 2: Provide an evidence-based, culturally sensitive follow-up program through the delivery of the Coping and Support Training (CAST) curriculum to youth identified as at-risk  in primary care settings, juvenile justice, and the NACA screening program.
  • Goal 3: Provide early prevention to American Indian youth through leadership development and peer support.
  • Goal 4: Improve agency capacity throughout Northern Arizona to identify, refer, serve, and follow-up with at risk American Indian youth ages 10 – 24 through the implementation of Zero Suicide Initiatives.
  • Goal 5: Develop a local surveillance system for Coconino County that includes data around suicide-related deaths, and non-lethal suicide attempts.

These goals will work in conjunction with one another to promote protective factors and reduce the risk for youth suicide. The primary intent of this project is to identify, refer, follow-up and serve American Indian youth ages 10 – 24 years old. Based on existing support, partnerships, and feasibility, this program will focus its efforts on American Indian populations primarily within Coconino County, which includes Navajo Nation communities and the Hopi Tribe, located in Navajo County.

For any questions regarding the Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention program, please contact the Director of Community Development, Brandy Judson at or 928-526-2968.


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