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Methamphetamine/ Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI)

Services provided by Meth/Suicide prevention program:

Pascua Yaqui Tribe Meth/Suicide prevention, treatment, & aftercare initiative in Guadalupe, AZ. Funded via Indian Health Services MSPI grant purpose area 3.

  • Identify & address meth use among Pascua Yaqui population in Guadalupe/surrounding PY communities
  • Apply culturally appropriate & community relevant prevention, treatment & aftercare
  • Increase quantity of providers
  • Increase community education via MSPI training
  • Increase provider and community education on suicide and methamphetamine use by offering appropriate trainings
  • Promote positive AI/AN youth development & family engagement through the implementation of early intervention strategies to reduce risk factors for suicidal behavior and substance abuse

The Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) is a nationally-coordinated program focusing on providing much-needed methamphetamine and suicide prevention and intervention resources for Indian Country. This initiative promotes the use and development of evidence-based and practice-based models that represent culturally-appropriate prevention and treatment approaches to methamphetamine abuse and suicide prevention from a community-driven context.

From the Desk of the MSPI Program (Methamphetamine / Suicide Prevention Initiative)

The long awaited “Addiction and Recovery: A Tribal Member’s Perspective” video project featuring Paulino Armenta Valenzuela, an enrolled member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, chronicles his 11 years in recovery from methamphetamine addiction. The video project was conceived after Paulino and his mother provided a community presentation in which they spoke openly and honestly about the struggles with addiction and the challenges of recovery. Video production has graciously been conducted by Jesus Lara from Fierro Media HD. The video made a very well attended showing, June 20, 2018.