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MT Discretionary Funding Fiscal Year 2016

Center: CMHS

Grantee: ALLIANCE FOR YOUTH, INC.
Program: NITT-AWARE-C
City: GREAT FALLS
State: MT
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM062573-02
Congressional District: At large
FY 2016 Funding: $70,495
Project Period: 2015/09/30 - 2018/09/29

Great Falls, Montana has a population of 5,021 adolescents aged 12-18 years with 25% residing in military families, 25% residing in poverty (75% in generational poverty), and 11% American Indian. One third of students grades 8-12 are involved in substance abuse; adolescents are disproportionately (compared to similar Montana Counties) involved in violent and criminal behavior; 35% are at high risk for engagement in problem behaviors; 46% reported depression, 30% serious depression, 19% seriously contemplated suicide and 14% completed suicide. This project will improve access to care and reduce adolescent depression, suicidal ideation and suicide completion and reduce mental health stigma and discrimination. Proposed strategies and interventions are to: improve the mental health literacy of adults who interact with adolescents and saturate Great Falls with Youth Mental Health First Aiders to improve recognition and response to early signs of behavioral distress and/or mental illness; develop and implement a social marketing campaign to reduce mental health stigma and discrimination; and facilitate implementation of a formal collaboration mechanism to facilitate sustainment of the project and coordination of programs and resources. The primary project goal is to improve adolescent emotional and behavioral health.


Grantee: CONFEDERATED SALISH AND KOOTENAI TRIBES
Program: Project Launch
City: PABLO
State: MT
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM061543-03
Congressional District: At large
FY 2016 Funding: $800,000
Project Period: 2014/09/30 - 2019/09/29

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) Project Launch will provide services to children birth-8 and their families, and pregnant women and their families who are enrolled members of CSKT, descendants, or members of other American Indian/Alaska Native Tribes residing on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Systems Level, Goal One: Tribal and non-Tribal agencies and the community will collaborate to improve service coordination, strategic planning, workforce training, and resource development in the early childhood system of care on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Service Delivery, Goal Two: Evidence Based Practices and mental health and wellness practices, including traditional tribal practices, will be increased and implemented in an array of settings that serve young children and their families.


Grantee: CONFEDERATED SALISH AND KOOTENAI TRIBES
Program: State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention
City: PABLO
State: MT
Grant Award Number: 5 U79 SM061730-03
Congressional District: At large
FY 2016 Funding: $736,000
Project Period: 2014/09/30 - 2019/09/29

Goals: Coordinate suicide prevention activities across multiple sectors and settings; Implement research-informed outreach and media efforts; Increase knowledge of the factors that offer protection from suicidal behaviors and promote wellness and recovery; Implement programs that prevent suicide and related behaviors; Promote efforts to reduce access to lethal means of suicide; Provide training to community and clinical service providers; Promote suicide prevention as a core component of health care services; Implement effective clinical and professional practices for assessing and treating those identified as at risk for suicidal behaviors; Provide care and support to individuals impacted by suicide and community strategies to prevent further suicides; Evaluate the impact of suicide prevention and intervention activities.


Grantee: CONFEDERATED SALISH AND KOOTENAI TRIBES
Program: NCTSI III
City: PABLO
State: MT
Grant Award Number: 1 U79 SM063096-01
Congressional District: At large
FY 2016 Funding: $400,000
Project Period: 2016/09/30 - 2021/09/29

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Child and Youth Trauma Services Program will improve the quality of trauma treatment and services for children, youth, and their families who experience or witness traumatic events throughout the Flathead Indian Nation. The target population will be American Indian children/youth, aged 3-18, and their families who have experienced trauma and who reside on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. The total number of people to be served over the five year period is 2,100.

The strategies and interventions are as follows: 1) Conduct outreach and other engagement strategies to increase participation in, and access to, trauma treatment and services; 2) Provide direct trauma treatment and services to these children/youth and their families; 3) Provide case management to support the success of these children/youth and their families in achieving program outcomes; 4) Provide trauma-informed training to professionals to develop their expertise in delivering trauma-informed treatment to additional children/youth and their families in service systems throughout the service area; 5) Collaborate with NCTSI - Category II Treatment and Service Adaptation (TSA) centers to develop, advance, or adapt interventions to improve engagement and outcomes for traumatized youth; 6) Collaborate with practitioner organizations and tribal level service administrations to promote policies supporting the implementation of trauma-informed practices and services; 7) Involve the children/youth and families served in program planning, implementation and assessment; 8) Involve partner agencies in program planning, implementation and assessment; 9) Promote SAMHSA's efforts to reduce or eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint practices and ensure that these practices are used only when the safety of the client, other clients, or staff is in jeopardy; and 10) Evaluate the program's impacts.


Grantee: MONTANA STATE DEPT/PUB HLTH & HUMAN SRVS
Program: Project Launch
City: HELENA
State: MT
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM061545-03
Congressional District: At large
FY 2016 Funding: $800,000
Project Period: 2014/09/30 - 2019/09/29

The Montana Project LAUNCH Initiative (MT-PLI) will allow Montana to directly address the problem of mental health service access and infrastructure for young children and families in the state, by utilizing the Center for Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning's Pyramid Model for Promoting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children as a framework. The MT-PLI will engage early childhood partners to improve systems and access to mental health services for young children by piloting evidence-based practices in Gallatin and Park Counties. Montana's strategy also focuses on the coordination of family support services, including evidence-based home visiting as well as the enhancement of parent skills training.


Grantee: MONTANA STATE OFFICE/PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
Program: SOC Expansion Implementation Grants
City: HELENA
State: MT
Grant Award Number: 5 U79 SM061232-04
Congressional District: At large
FY 2016 Funding: $501,282
Project Period: 2013/07/01 - 2017/10/31

The Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) Tribal Wraparound Initiative seeks SAMHSA Systems of Care support to improve the overall well-being of tribal youth and their families through high-fidelity wraparound services in public schools on Indian Reservations in Montana. This grant will help the OPI expand and solidify its institutional collaborations with Tribal Health programs, Indian Health Services, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, local school districts, DPHHS and the University of Montana's National Native Children's Trauma Center. The goals of the OPI Tribal Wraparound Initiative are to: 1) Expand the delivery of high-fidelity wrap around from three Indian Reservations (Fort Peck Reservation, Crow Reservation and the Northern Cheyenne Reservation) to up to two additional Reservations; 2) Establish interagency agreements to create and refine protocols to develop a coordinated, community-level approach to school-based wraparound services with local providers, programs and supports; and 3) Develop a statewide network of youth and family-serving stakeholders with a common interest of improving mental health delivery to tribal youth.


Grantee: MONTANA STATE OFFICE/PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
Program: NITT-AWARE-SEA
City: HELENA
State: MT
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM061869-03
Congressional District: At large
FY 2016 Funding: $1,950,000
Project Period: 2014/09/30 - 2019/09/29

The Montana Office of Public Instruction's NITT-Project AWARE-SEA project will address the mental health needs of children, youth, families/caregivers, and communities by coordinating and integrating the services of 13 State agencies, three Safe Schools/Healthy Students grantees, and three high-need LEAs and their partners and will train nine state-level Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) trainers, 45 LEA trainers, 75 regional trainers, and 5,000 First Aiders. The LEAs participating in the project are the Browning, Butte, and Kalispell School Districts. The project goals are to 1) build/expand state and local capacity to make schools safer and improve school climate; 2) increase awareness of mental health issues; and 3) connect children and youth with mental, emotional, and behavioral health issues with needed services. Our key objectives and strategies are to 1) promote positive school climate, prosocial behaviors and violence prevention, including bullying and electronic bullying, primarily through the Montana Be havioral Initiative; 2) prevent suicide, primarily through ASIST and QPR training; 3) increase understanding about mental health issues, warning signs, and early childhood/ historical trauma, primarily through YMHFA and informal education; 4) create a continuum of behavioral health care, primarily through collaboration and tier 2/3 training; and 5) improve access to screening, counseling, and treatment, primarily through screening provider allotments, and systems integration.


Grantee: MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY - BOZEMAN
Program: Campus Suicide Prevention Grant
City: BOZEMAN
State: MT
Grant Award Number: 5 U79 SM061796-03
Congressional District: At large
FY 2016 Funding: $82,690
Project Period: 2014/09/30 - 2017/09/29

Through the proposed project, Outreach and Suicide Prevention at Montana State University, Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, will expand and enhance suicide prevention training/resources and preventive programming currently provided to the MSU community. CPS and grant staff will work collaboratively with campus stakeholders to create a comprehensive plan for suicide prevention and mental health programming. CPS will use grant funding to more widely publicize suicide prevention resources, as well as educate the campus community about risk factors for suicide and how to respond effectively to at-risk students. MSU's team of psychologists and public health experts will utilize funds provided by SAMHSA's Campus Suicide Prevention Grant to 1) certify 16 additional QPR Trainers; 2) maintain current online mental health screenings to screen 400 individuals for anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, and substance abuse; 3) add online suicide prevention training programs and purchase QPR materials to train 900 new students, faculty, staff, and parents as gatekeepers; 4) collaborate with the existing Suicide Prevention Task Force to create suicide prevention/response protocol and to enact a comprehensive plan for suicide prevention as recommended by the Jed Foundation and Suicide Prevention Resource Center; 5) launch a comprehensive marketing strategy to publicize and promote prevention efforts and mental health education/awareness; 6) provide prevention programming to 600 individuals, including 120 Native Americans, 80 veterans, 40 LGQTQ individuals, 150 fraternity/sorority life members, 300 international students, 60 student athletes, and 600 men.


Grantee: MONTANA'S PEER NETWORK
Program: Statewide Consumer Network Program
City: BOZEMAN
State: MT
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM062965-01
Congressional District: At large
FY 2016 Funding: $94,899
Project Period: 2016/06/01 - 2019/05/31

The Peer Support & Recovery Enhancement Project is designed to improve the overall quality of mental health services statewide, by training the peer support workforce, educate providers and the general public on recovery practices including trauma informed care and enhance organizational infrastructure by strengthening consumer voice and leadership statewide. This project will serve mental health consumers, veterans, youth, Native Americans, potential peer supporters and professional peer supporters in Montana. The three main activities of this project are (1) to improve the overall quality of mental health services statewide by promoting evidence-based and promising practices by peer supporters that are recovery oriented, culturally aware and trauma informed; (2) to enhance our organizational infrastructure and increase membership to strengthen consumer voice and leadership through the development of community-based affiliates across the state, leveraging existing signature programs such as Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies, Recovery Talks, and Peer Support 101; and (3) to enhance existing partnerships with stakeholders and build new pathways of collaboration with Native American, veteran, and cross disability groups to achieve long term strategic and project goals. The long range vision is a highly trained peer support workforce and Montana's Peer Network positioned as a leader in accessible recovery, support and leadership training.


Grantee: NORTHERN CHEYENNE TRIBAL COUNCIL
Program: Native Connections
City: LAME DEER
State: MT
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM063446-01
Congressional District: At large
FY 2016 Funding: $1,000,000
Project Period: 2016/09/30 - 2021/09/29

The Northern Cheyenne Tribal Board of Health will strengthen existing youth suicide prevention programming with the proposed initiative, titled "Cottonwood Connections". Cottonwood Connections is a 5- year culturally-based community driven suicide prevention project that will utilize Tier 1 Universal prevention strategies that include culturally-adapted evidence-based interventions. Primary intervention targets will include: community-wide education and training to promote community and trauma resilience while reducing risk factors and early identification and triage of high-risk youth. In the first year of the grant, the NCTBH will hire one full-time Community Health Specialist to oversee planning and implementation of Cottonwood Connections. The newly hired Community Health Specialist will work with a 10-member community-based work group to revise suicide response and postvention protocols while developing a 4-year Tier 1 universal prevention strategy for youth ages 10-24 years.

Cottonwood Connections will be strengthened by three levels of community involvement: 1) the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Board of Health team trained in trauma and community resilience methods to carry out planning and implementation of culturally-based prevention strategies; 2) existing prevention community partnerships and elders that form the "Cottonwood Connection Workgroup," and 3) traditional Cheyenne societies.


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