The Pathways Program is a SAMHSA Native Connections grant. It focuses on the concepts of suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, and mental health awareness including culture. Objectives represent a Community Readiness Assessment with individuals that work with the youth in White Eagle community and the Ponca Tribe. The community readiness assessment asked questions on the concepts of need, awareness and support in the community on the topics. Once complete, compiled information was entered into a Community Readiness Model that was scored and rated as a 1. The score meant there was not any knowledge or awareness in the community of resources available for the issues present. The next objective was to conduct a student needs assessment for youth in the age of 10-24 (this is the age range of the grant). Staff did 100 assessments in total predominately on Ponca children, the rest were completed with other tribes living in or near the community. The assessment score determined how staff formed their strategic action plan (SAP) to bring education and awareness to the community on four concepts:
- substance abuse
- suicide prevention
- mental health issues
- The first is to have Dine & Discuss each month on these topics.
- Another goal was to have a Youth GONA (Gathering of Native Americans). We will be having this on August 1,2, & 3 at NOC Renfro Center. We will be opening Registration soon. We are finalizing things for that. We applied for assistance through SAMHSA to provide this GONA. So, we got approved for it and SAMHSA will have there people doing the training for the 3 days at no cost to us. However, we will provide for the GONA.
- The last goal will be completed by Jake Roberts, LPC and current Director of Behaviorial Health, for policies and procedures based on suicide protocols. He has to work with the clinic for completion.
3 goals have been created.