The Trauma Program for Families with Young Children will provide evidence based trauma treatments to children birth to age 8 living in four metropolitan counties: Salt Lake, Davis, Utah, and Weber. Children who participate in the program will have suffered trauma ranging from sexual, physical abuse, or neglect, to witnessing severe domestic violence or traumatic grief. The program will specifically focus on children of military personnel who are suffering from grief or the return of an impaired caregiver. Refugee children suffering from the loss of their home and extended family members will be included. The program will also work closely with children residing in a domestic violence shelter. Over the four year program we anticipate screening 6000 children for trauma. Of the children screened we will provide trauma informed mental health assessments on 3000 children. We will treat 240 children of military personnel during the grant cycle. By the end of the grant 420 children and families will receive evidence based trauma treatment.
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UT Discretionary Funding Fiscal Year 2014
Empowerment Services, Utah's only peer-run organization will launch the "Utah Peers for Recovery and Resiliency (UPRR)" project to develop infrastructure, enhance capacity and integrate consumer voice into the mental health system in Utah. UPRR will partner with people with behavioral health conditions and their family members to promote individual and system level health, wellness, recovery, and resiliency and partner with state agencies, service providers and community partners to provide education and needed system improvements to decrease suicide in Utah. The UPRR project also will advance the knowledge of consumers to facilitate, empower and foster resiliency gained through lived experience and advance the understanding of peer support. The project identifies 5 key areas of focus: (1) lease office space to hold self-help peer groups, meetings, and other activities, and to create a place for young adults that is open at least 10 hours every week to better engage young adults in systems improvement planning and peer support; (2) conduct a community needs assessment to solicit feedback for a strategic planning process to identify long-term goals; (3) develop a comprehensive media strategy to increase awareness of wellness, whole health, integrated health, and trauma informed care; and (4) conduct outreach at resource fairs on military bases to promote recovery and resiliency among returning military service members and their family members; and (5) provide education and training on the topics below:
(a) to individuals.Peer Specialists (CPS) in rural areas to increase the awareness of wellness, whole health, integrated care, recovery and resiliency;
(b) to CPS', providers, and other community agencies on suicide prevention strategies and screening in primary care and emergency settings;
(c) to CSPs working in a variety of community settings on cultural competency and training on trauma informed care.
The Snow College Counseling and Wellness Center will oversee the implementation of the Snow College Suicide Prevention Program (SCSPP), a campus- and community-wide effort to reduce substance abuse, mental illness, and suicide. Program staff will work with students, staff, faculty, campus leaders, on- and off-campus housing directors, and religious and community leaders to achieve program goals. The target population of the SCSPP is the student body of Snow College, a small two-year college in Central Utah. Most students are white, come from the rural, economically depressed Six County area surrounding the college, and belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). However, other groups, such as minority and international students and those identified as high-risk by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, will also receive resources and programming specific to their needs. The program will serve approximately 425 students through mandatory residence hall trainings and student mentor trainings and seminars. The entire student body, approximately 4,386 students, will be exposed to the program through public service announcements, informational materials, and seminars. Formal and informal data demonstrates a need for a comprehensive suicide prevention program at Snow College. A 2009 Wellness and Compliance Survey of 224 Snow College students reported that 10 percent of students surveyed had seriously considered attempting suicide at least once in the previous year. In the 2010-2011 school year, three students have attempted suicide; there have been no completions. Additionally, Snow College's Wellness Director reports that 30 to 40 students on campus have made plans to commit suicide.
The SMART Coalition services Utah County, UT, a rural area with a population of 530,837. The Coalition will achieve its goals by implementing these strategies: (1) Change State law to require providers prescribing pain pills to register to use Utah's Prescription Monitoring Program and obtain education on proper prescribing; (2) Contract with physician education group to educate providers on proper prescribing; (3) Host prescription drug take back events to reduce the availability of pain pills; (4) Work with legislators to raise the alcohol tax; and (5) Improve patrol officers/ capacity to process alcohol related DUI's by upgrading their patrol software.
The SLC Mayor's Coalition on Alcohol, Tobacco, & Other Drugs is initiating "Project Prevention," to mobilize the community to prevent underage drinking. Project Prevention will use the evidenced based SFP DVD to teach parenting skills and prevention messages to diverse audiences. We will: 1) Provide a low-cost effective parenting program to parents; 2) Work with the Salt Lake City School District to educate youth and their parents on the dangers of alcohol to the developing teen brain and skills to prevent it as part of the 7th and 10th grade health class curriculum as family homework; 3) Collaborate with Utah 3rd District Juvenile Court and Juvenile Justice Services to integrate SFP DVD into remedial protocols for youth and their families in the court and probation system in year one; 4) Raise the awareness of Salt Lake City Police (SLCPD) officers to the positive remedial efforts for youth when issued a citation for a first-time offense instead of simply releasing them to parents; 5) Develop and distribute engaging and informative messaging targeting parents to be placed in schools, churches, community centers, and in state owned liquor stores with the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) and its advertising agency R&R Partners (R&R); 6) Generate story ideas about effects of alcohol on the developing teen brain and prevention measures for local news media; 7) Work with the SLC Mayor and City Council to toughen penalties and publicize a local Social Host ordinance; 8) Engage the refugee community in presenting multi-lingual native language family classes utilizing the SFP DVD to address youth substance abuse and parenting skills in their community. Mobilize our MYAC youth to initiate a welcoming program for new refugee students.
The coalition will prevent and reduce youth substance use by implementing the following strategies:Strategy 1: Recruit local agencies to partner with WCPC to help the coalition accomplish their plans and strategies. Strategy 2: Strengthen the process by which new members j o in the coalition. Strategy 3: Solicit ongoing, formal feedback from members on their experience with the coalition in order to identify areas o f functioning that need improvement. Strategy 4: Organize and carry out eight prescription drug take-back events in three communities throughout Washington County with the goals o f improving community awareness and readiness to address pain p i l l abuse by recognizing the need to dispose o f prescription pills and decreasing the availability o f prescription drugs available to youth. Strategy 5: Facilitate the creation and implementation of an Intermountain Health Care policy requiring 100% o f providers licensed to prescribe narcotics to use Utah's prescription monitoring program (PMP) to identify doctor shoppers and directly educating 50% of prescription narcotic providers in Washington County. Strategy 6: Increase doctor knowledge and prescribing training by educating 50% of prescription narcotic providers in Washington County, through quarterly Physician/Dentist Proper Prescribing Trainings, (using state approved curriculum from the Utah Department of Public Licensing (DOPL)). Strategy 7: Decrease the access o f alcohol to minors and increase police prevention services by increasing the number of alcohol scans by law enforcement by 20%. Strategy 8: By October 2013, increase perception of risk of minor alcohol consumption.
Utah's SPF-PFS project will use the five steps of the SPF to deploy prevention services in the state for underage drinking and prescription drug abuse prevention. The data-driven SPF process will be crucial in developing and implementing effective prevention programming and strategies that meet Utah's unique community needs. Utah will continue the efforts of its previous SPF SIG grant in enhancing assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation and evaluation efforts aimed at underage drinking and prescription drug abuse prevention.
Bonneville Communities that Care Coalition
The Region 8 Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Region 8) will improve and strengthen the addiction treatment workforce and upgrade practice standards by creating and delivering state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary, cross-regional, and culturally-relevant training and technical assistance (TA) activities and academic courses in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Located at the Utah Addiction Center, University of Utah, Region 8 will work with SAMHSA's Regional Administrator and key stakeholders to plan events that meet state needs and support recovery-oriented systems of care. The following goals and objectives will guide the work of Region 8: (1) Build and maintain collaborative relationships with key regional and national stakeholders; (2) Conduct regional assessments to identify training and workforce development needs; (3) Utilize innovative technology transfer approaches to develop products and disseminate research findings; (4) Provide pre-service academic opportunities for students entering the addiction field; (5) Conduct training/TA for clinical supervisors; (6) Promote awareness and use of evidence-based practices that are culturally relevant and recovery-oriented; (7) Serve as a resource for CBOs, FBOs, recovery groups, and FQHCs; (8) Engage in regional, cross-regional, and national network activities; (9) Promote activities designed to recruit, retain, and enhance diversity and competency in the workforce; and (10) Evaluate impact on changing practice. Attaining these goals and objectives will result in delivery of 68 training/TA events to 1,400 participants annually, for a total of 340 events serving approximately 7,000 regional stakeholders over the five-year grant period.