The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Grant 2017 AIAN Outreach & Enrollment Cooperative Agreement Awards to Three Urban Indian Health Programs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) granted  on June 14, 2017, $3.7 million in awards for outreach and enrollment efforts to aid in enrolling American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). These cooperative agreements will fund activities to reduce the number of AI/AN children eligible for, but not enrolled in, Medicaid and CHIP.

A total of eight cooperative agreements were awarded to Indian Health Service providers, Tribes and Tribal organizations, and Urban Indian organizations in six states.Among the health programs awarded were 3 Urban Indian Health Programs: Native American Community Health Center, Inc. in Phoenix, AZ; Denver Indian Health and Family Services, Inc. in Denver, CO; and Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest in Portland, OR.

TheNational Council of Urban Indian Health congratulates these outstanding programs and their teams on this enormous success toin provideing outstanding outreach and enrollment services to their communities.

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SAMHSA Announces a $6.4 million Native Connections Grant for Tribes and Urban Indian Organizations

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) are accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Cooperative Agreements for Tribal Behavioral Health (Short Title: Native Connections). The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance use, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) young people up to and including age 24.

The goals of this program fall within two of SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives: Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, and Trauma and Justice. This program will help grantees reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders and will foster culturally responsive models to reduce and respond to the impact of trauma on AI/AN communities through a public health approach. In addition, this grant will allow AI/AN communities to support youth and young adults as they transition into adulthood by facilitating collaboration among agencies.

Native Connections grants are authorized under 520A and 516 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD and/or Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA.

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