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Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (SASP)


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2017 Supplement, Eligibility Limited to Previously Awarded Grantees
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Application Deadline: Sep 8, 2015

Sponsoring Organization

Indian Health Service (IHS)


Awards funding to deliver evidence-based, culturally appropriate substance use and suicide prevention and intervention resources for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Supports community efforts to reduce substance use and suicide using effective, practice-based treatment approaches and program models. SASP is an initiative of the IHS Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP).

Programs are developed to address a SASP purpose area. SASP purpose areas include:

Funds are intended to accomplish the SASP program goals, that include:

  • Increasing capacity to operate comprehensive substance use and suicide prevention, treatment, intervention, and aftercare services by implementing community and organizational needs assessment and strategic plans
  • Developing and using data-sharing systems among tribal, urban Indian health programs, and federal behavioral health providers
  • Identifying and addressing suicide ideations, attempts, and contagions among AI/AN populations through the development and implementation of culturally appropriate and community relevant strategies
  • Increasing provider and community education on substance use and suicide through training
  • Promoting positive AI/ AN youth development and family engagement through early intervention strategies to decrease risk factors for suicide and substance use

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $300,000 per year
Award floor: $50,000 per year
Project period: 5 years
Estimated total program funding: $12,500,000

SASP funding is allocated by formula for the 12 IHS service areas. Applicants are awarded according to their location within their respective IHS service area and do not compete with applicants from other IHS service areas. The number of anticipated awards depends on the number of applications received and available funds in each service area. Funding amounts for each IHS service area are included in the award information of the funding announcement.

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by federally recognized Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations (UIOs), as defined by 25 U.S.C. 1603(14, 26, 29).

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Applicants may choose to apply for more than one purpose area. A separate application must be submitted in each purpose area for which an applicant chooses to apply.

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process are available on the program website.

Applicant technical assistance webinar recordings


For programmatic or technical questions:
Audrey Solimon

For grants management or budget questions:
Cherron Smith

For application systems matters:
Paul Gettys

Rural Awards

Past awards communities have received are described on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • The White Earth Tribe in northwestern Minnesota received funds for a Native Alive Campaign that offers suicide prevention and mental health services within the local school systems provided through school-based mental health professionals, 5 on-site safeTalk trainers, educational groups, a suicide support hotline, and training in safeTalk and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.
  • The Choctaw Nation received funds to provide question, persuade, and refer (QPR) suicide intervention training to more than 1,200 people in over 10 counties in rural southeastern Oklahoma. The program works with local community partners to promote participation in the Drug Take-Back day and to distribute gun locks and informational materials on substance use and suicide.
  • The Metlakatla Indian Community in Alaska used funds to train and maintain a team of 100 community members made up of law enforcement, behavioral health and medical professionals, and school counselors. The community-based team works to identify warning signs and provide resources to individuals at risk of methamphetamine use and suicide.
  • The Fort Defiance Indian Hospital in Arizona was awarded funds to implement the Honoring Life program to strengthen cultural identity and protective factors through the tradition of Dine storytelling. The program provides evidence-based substance use and suicide prevention practices, such as the Gathering of Native Americans (GONA), and question, persuade, and refer (QPR) models.

Topics This Program Addresses

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Community Planning and Coalition Building • Health Education for Community and Patients • Mental Health • Prevention • Substance Use Disorder • Suicide and Suicide Prevention • Treatment