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Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (SASP): Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Aftercare (SAPTA)


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Application Deadline: Feb 2, 2022


Indian Health Service (IHS)


Awards funding to support culturally appropriate, community-driven approaches to provide substance use prevention, treatment, and aftercare services for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. Aims to reduce substance use disorder (SUD) and the use of addicting and illicit substances in AI/AN communities through efforts to improve care coordination, expand behavioral health services, and expand on activities for the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Initiative by implementing early intervention strategies for AI/AN youth at risk for substance misuse behavior. SASP-SAPTA is an initiative of the IHS Alcohol and Substance Abuse Branch (ASAB).

Required activities include:

  • Foster coalitions and networks to improve care coordination by:
    • Educating and training providers to identify and treat (SUD) with identified tools and trauma-informed care
    • Educating and training community members to recognize the signs of substance misuse and increasing community awareness of local behavioral health services
    • Developing community response plans related to SUD prevention and treatment services
    • Establish local health system policies and protocols to integrate, coordinate, and/or provide access to SUD prevention and intervention services in schools, courts, corrections/detention systems, and law enforcement agencies
  • Expand available behavioral healthcare treatment services by:
    • Identifying the target population, including but not be limited to tribal youth
    • Developing a strategic plan to address the health system organizational needs for substance use disorders
    • Integrating behavioral health into the primary care setting for SUD prevention and screening, including the use, or expansion of telehealth and similar technologies
    • Providing evidence-based care for clients at risk for SUD and access to culturally appropriate treatment services and resources
    • Implementing trauma-informed approaches and trauma-informed care treatment and services
  • Improve the referral process by:
    • Increasing the capacity of community members and service providers to make appropriate referrals to behavioral health services and support systems for SUD prevention, treatment, and aftercare
    • Making referral to cultural services and/or culturally appropriate SUD prevention, treatment, and aftercare services, including natural support systems
  • Develop or expand on activities for the Gen-I Initiative for Native youth by:
    • Implementing evidence-based and practice-based interventions for SUD prevention for Native youth
    • Promoting positive development and self-sufficiency of Native youth through culturally appropriate SUD prevention activities
    • Promoting family and community engagement in the planning and implementation of Native youth SUD prevention activities
    • Providing school-based awareness/education about SUD prevention, treatment, and aftercare services
    • Developing Native youth peer-to-peer support and education programs and a Tribal Youth Council to provide guidance/feedback on community SUD prevention planning and strategic planning
  • Develop a formal plan/process to ensure the sustainability of the project activities beyond the grant by:
    • Creating a strategic plan to address long-term SUD prevention, treatment, and aftercare needs of the community
    • Assessing community and workforce needs and assets via a community and organization needs assessment and community resource asset mapping

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $400,000 per year
Award floor: $300,000 per year
Project period: 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 35
Estimated total program funding: $14,000,000

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

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process are available in the funding announcement.


For programmatic or technical questions:
Audrey Solimon

For grants management or budget questions:
Willis Grant

For application systems matters:
Paul Gettys

Rural Awards

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

Topics This Program Addresses

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Community Planning and Coalition Building • Health Education for Community and Patients • Healthcare Workforce • Mental Health • Parents, Families, and Children • Prevention • Recovery • Substance Use Disorder • Teleservices and Technology • Treatment • Youth