The Yurok Tribe's "Skuy soo hue-nem'-oh" initiative intends to increase the capacity to serve children and youth with behavior and mental health needs (birth to age 21) utilizing the Tribe's strong cultural heritage as the foundation for delivering culturally (community defined evidence) and evidenced based practices (EBP). The Yurok Tribes "Skuy soo hue-nem'-oh" (We grow (up) strong, we grow (up) well) initiative will be continuing to build the Yurok community's natural helpers and strengthening the relationships between the Tribe, tribal youth and families, county service providers, school systems and all other stakeholders dedicated to healing and increasing the wellness of the Yurok tribal community in the most effective sustainable manner. Dedicated to serving the youth and families of nearly 6000 tribal members, the Tribe intends to collaborate with partners from the local Indian Health clinic, United Indian Health Services (UIHS) and local schools of Del Norte Unified School District who are currently serving the youth to be served by Systems of Care (SOC). The project will enroll 45 participants in year one with a minimum of 300 served throughout the grant period. The Tribe's SOC goals include four objectives to be implemented over the period of four years. Objective one includes taking the System of Care philosophy and integrating it across the tribal government structure, objective two develops youth and family services in prevention and by developing the first ever Yurok Transitional Age Youth program, objective 3 supports infant and children's mental health screenings and assessments, objective 4 will support networking and collaboration, developing memorandum of agreements and implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and third-party billing at the Yurok Tribe.
The Pasadena (CA) Public Health Department (PPHD) requests $2,003,753 to establish Project Wraparound, which will create and expand a comprehensive system of care (SOC) in Service Planning Area (SPA) 3 in Los Angeles County for the benefit of children and youth (aged birth to 21) with serious emotional disturbances (SEDs) and their families. A community-based needs assessment conducted as part of the 2013 SAMHSA-funded SOC Expansion Planning Grant gathered information from providers, stakeholders, youth, and families and found that: 1) families face significant barriers in accessing mental health services for their children; 2) mental and behavioral health services are disjointed and not marketed effectively; 3) families lack knowledge of the assets and resources that are available in the region, and 4) parents experience significant stigma related to mental and behavioral health issues.
The Bay Area region of California seeks to create a shared and trauma informed regional infrastructure to implement, sustain, and improve services for children and youth affected by trauma. The City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) proposes to convene and support the Bay Area Trauma Informed Systems of Care (BATISC) initiative as a regional collaborative of seven Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz. The initiative will focus on creating a trauma informed region in order to reduce disparities in behavioral health access and improve the provision of trauma-informed services. To coordinate and facilitate this regional effort, the Bay Area proposes to create a unique center purposed to promote the development of trauma informed systems and positioned to serve participating counties in Northern California. The BATISC Center will support the creation of a regional infrastructure that recognizes and responds to trauma in a culturally and linguistically competent, family-driven, youth-guided and evidence-based manner.
The Native Family Wellness Partnership represents an unprecedented partnership to focus on a major gap in the provision of culturally competent and comprehensive mental health services and system of care (SOC) for American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) children, ages birth to 21, and their families in the San Joaquin Valley, California. The Tule River Indian Tribe, a federally recognized tribal government and reservation established in 1873, and the Fresno American Indian Health Project (FAIHP), an American Indian nonprofit organization that is recognized by the Indian Health Service (IHS) as an Urban Indian Health Program under Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, PL 94-437 will work together to build an integrated, coordinated, family-driven, youth-guided system of care that spans the urban areas and tribal territories in the surrounding communities of the Valley. This project is expected to serve at least 30 families during the first year of the project as services ramp up and a solid foundation is set. The goal is to increase service enrollment by at least 10% each year as the project is brought to scale. Outreach, social media, cultural, and prevention activities will reach at least 350 additional individuals each year to improve access to mental health care.
San Francisco Jail Health Services - a program of the San Francisco Department of Public Health Community Behavioral Health Section - in close collaboration with the San Francisco Collaborative Courts, San Francisco Peer Programs, HealthRIGHT 360, and the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center - proposes to implement the Mentoring and Peer Support (MAPS) Project, an ambitious peer support program designed to significantly enhance behavioral health and wellness outcomes while reducing criminal justice recidivism among recently released men and women under Court jurisdiction who have diagnoses of both substance use and severe and persistent mental illness. The program will collaborate with and draw clients from three distinct courts that are part of the Collaborative Courts system - the Behavioral Health Court, the Drug Court, and the Veterans Justice Court. MAPS will employ, train, and support a diverse peer team consisting of 1 full-time Lead Peer Mentor and 5 half-time Peer Mentors who will utilize evidence-based practices to encourage, support, and foster treatment success and recidivism reduction among the members of its target population. The mentor team will be supervised and supported by a full-time MSW Level Project Coordinator who will provide ongoing mentor support and ensure that mentors are accessing and utilizing Supported Employment resources, including job training and ongoing mental health counseling. Each peer mentor will be teamed with an average of 6 collaborative court clients at a time, with an average length of support of 6 months per client, although the relationship could last as long as 12-18 months if the client is continuing to adhere to court-mandated treatment and substance use requirements.
A partnership among San Luis Obispo County's Behavioral Health Department, the Superior Court of San Luis Obispo, the Department of Probation, and local community stakeholders seeks to implement an expanded and enhanced treatment program for adults within the existing Adult Treatment Court Collaborative (ATCC). This partnership will serve misdemeanor, felony and diverted criminal offenders in San Luis Obispo County, California. All of the program participants will have co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance use disorders) and at least half will be women. Over 25% will be homeless and a priority will be given to serve Veterans.
Prevention efforts will include evidence-based training and education to youth, families, community members, health care providers, schools and other educational institutions, juvenile justice systems, foster care systems, substance abuse and mental health programs and other child and youth serving providers that address suicide risks and interventions.
Goals of the project include: (1) 75% of200 persons in youth serving organizations will indicate an increase in knowledge and skills in suicide identification, referral systems and community resources for AI youth and communities, (2) 75% of200 health, mental health and substance abuse providers will indicate an increase in knowledge about suicide assessment, management and treatment, (3) Increase referral and follow-up with youth who are identified by family, tribal, and community members as at risk for suicide to behavioral health care services by 50%, and (4) Increase follow up with youth identified as at risk for suicide discharged from emergency department and inpatient psychiatric units to provide a seamless approach to continuity of care by 50%, (5) 2-3 Tribal Programs and 3-5 schools will adopt policy establishing referral procedures when an at- risk youth is identified.
The Round Valley Indian Tribes' Native Connections program has the goal of reducing and preventing suicidal behaviors and substance abuse and promoting mental health among the approximately 322 Round Valley Native American youth and young adults ages 10 - 24, and ofsupporting local Native youth as they transition into adulthood. The program will be administered by the Round Valley Indian Health Center's Yuki Trails Human Services Department. With significant and consistent community input, the program will assess and create a plan in year one and implement that plan in the following four years, that will be specific to the needs and culture of the Round Valley community. The program will focus on a range of interventions including "universal"/community-wide prevention education, interventions for "selected" at-risk youth and interventions for "indicated" high-risk youth. The Round Valley Community Collaborative, which has been working to address community wellness issues for four years, made-up of members from the tribal community service organizations and the public schools, will enhance the effectiveness of the program through shared priorities and significant collaboration in the planning and community outreach for the program. Prevention education will be pursued through the addition of prevention education and activities to current youth programs including Round Valley Indian Health Center's Outreach Department's wellness programs for youth, school programs and other tribal organization programs, along with new activities that reflect the interests and needs of the community. Our long-term goal is to ensure that children of our current youth will not grow up with trauma and neglect, leading them into patterns of dysfunction and early death. With these changes, we will have a larger population of maturing and responsible adults, which, over time, will lead to even deeper changes and health for the whole community.
Project Cal-Well is a consortium of the California Department of Education (CDE), Garden Grove Unified School District, Santa Rosa City Schools, and the San Diego County Office of Education and their community partners. The combined student population of these three local educational agencies (LEA) is approximately 566,000 students. Together, Project Cal-well partners will develop a collaboration and integration plan to (1) create school communities that promote mental health awareness, well-being, early identification, and intervention of behavioral health issues; (2) increase access to mental health services; (3) support youth violence prevention and school climate strategies by utilizing research-based violence prevention and positive behavioral intervention programs; and (4) saturate the state with YMHFA trainings. These goals will be met by formalizing cross-system collaboration and information sharing relationships. Project Cal-Well will provide statewide Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training to over 1,875 adults and increase student and family access to mental health services by developing a concrete coordination and integration plan. Collaboration with key local, state, and national stakeholders will ensure we have built a comprehensive plan and a multidisciplinary infrastructure that addresses the mental health and school safety needs of children and youth.
The program will provide suicide prevention support, education and referral services, as well as follow-up care for all Native youth and their families residing in the four county service area served by the Shingle Springs Tribal Health Clinic and it's Out Patient Alcohol and Drug Abuse program. It will expand on the current prevention program which uses traditional Native American 'talking circles" combine with the QPR: Ask a Question, Save a Life intervention program. The current program is mostly limited to Shingle Springs tribal members who live in El Dorado County, California. The new proposed program would allow all Native Youth ages 10-24 living in El Dorado, Placer, Yolo and Sacramento counties (our 4 county service area) to participate in the suicide prevention activities. We will achieve these results by accomplishing the following goals: 1)Increase staff for project; 2)Involve the Community in all project phases -through conducting a Community Readiness Assessment, developing biannual Gatherings of Native Americans, expanding the "talking circle" therapy program, and offering the QPR training in Placer, Yolo, and Sacramento Counties; 3) Develop policies and procedures to coordinate youth agencies within the four county; 4) Develop infrastructure to collect surveillance data on suicide attempts, suicide deaths; 5) underage drinking etc. Serving a minimum of 212 youth 10-24 annually.