Indian Health Service grants totaling $16.5 million for behavioral health programs serving Native Americans across the United States include more than $1.5 million for programs in South Dakota.
Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention grants help culturally appropriate prevention and early intervention programs with the goal of reducing suicide and substance use and misuse among Native American youths up to age 24.
Domestic Violence Prevention Programs expand outreach and increase awareness of domestic and sexual violence, provide victim advocacy, intervention, case coordination, policy development, community response teams, community and school education programs, and forensic health care services.
One of two new programs is the Behavioral Health Integration Initiative, assisting award recipients in coordinating behavioral health treatment and primary health care programs, with those projects operating on a three-year funding cycle.
Also new is a program designed to increase prevention of alcohol-related deaths.
Preventing Alcohol-Related Deaths (PARD) grants, awarded on a five-year funding cycle, increase access to alcohol and substance abuse evaluation and detoxification treatment programs.
Organizations that qualified for the grant must have a fully operational and staffed social detoxification program primarily serving Native Americans. Projects will operate on a five-year funding cycle.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe was one of two organizations receiving a PARD grant ($500,000), with South Dakota Urban Indian Health Inc. also receiving a $500,000 grant under the new Behavioral Health Integration Initiative Program.
Grants for substance abuse and suicide prevention programs include a $144,454 award to the Kyle Health Center, with the Yankton Sioux Tribe Boys and Girls Club receiving $96,193.
Receiving awards for domestic violence prevention programs are the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate ($200,000) and the Pine Ridge Indian Hospital ($80,000).
“These awards will address the critical behavioral health needs seen in our tribal clinics, hospitals and Native communities,” said Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee, Indian Health Service acting director, in a release.
“IHS is committed to providing resources to facilities to provide coordinated community responses, increase access to preventive care, integrate behavioral health with primary care, provide alcohol detoxification services, and incorporate culturally appropriate practices and services to our patients,” Weahkee said.