The State of Alaska recently awarded SEARHC two grants to fund behavioral health efforts. These grants came from the Administration for Children and Families, Family Violence Prevention and Services and from Indian Health Service, Methamphetamine, and Suicide Prevention, and are provided over the course of two and four years, respectively. Indian Health Service’s grant totals $800,000 and will be given in $200,000 increments. Meanwhile, the Administration for Children and Families’ grant totals $750,000 and will be given in $375,000 increments each year.
The organization plans to use these funds to broaden early intervention strategies through its Wisdom for Life program. The program promotes positive youth development and reduces various risk factors for substance abuse and suicidal behavior. It accomplishes this through a unique blend of evidence-based practice and Alaska Native wisdom. Further, the funding will be used to address the high rates of domestic violence seen among Alaska Natives in Southeast Alaska. SEARHC will increase the capacity for its Behavioral Health Division staff in Juneau and rural health clinics, while also providing domestic violence services with AWARE.