Native Americans for Community Action, Inc.

Program Name:  REACH UR Life
Grant Type:  Tribal
Grant Status:  Active
Year Awarded:  2014
State:  Arizona

Native Americans for Community Action, Inc. (NACA), located in Flagstaff, Arizona will provide youth suicide prevention programming throughout Coconino County and the Hopi Tribe NACAs youth suicide prevention program will build upon previous Substance Abuse andMental Health Services (SAMHSA) Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) efforts to reduce the rates of suicide and suicide attempts in these communities. Existing resources such as key partnership, acohort of suicide prevention trainers, and the Northern Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition will aid in the implementation of project goals. Five distinct, yet interconnected goals have beendeveloped 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 CAST curriculum to youth identified as at-risk in Coconino County and on the Hopi Reservation to youth who screened at-risk through primary care screenings,Juvenile Court Screenings, 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.