Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $350,000)
The OJJDP FY 09 Earmarks Programs further the Department's mission by providing grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, to organizations identified in the Explanatory Statement Regarding H.R. 1105 (Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009), 155 Cong. Rec. H1653 (daily ed. Feb. 23, 2009) (statement by Rep. Obey, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations of the House).
The purpose of the project is to serve approximately 600 predominantly Native American and Hispanic youth aged 12-17 in northwest New Mexico with social detoxification, early intervention, assessment, referral, treatment, and wilderness-based experiential education.
The program provides treatment services in several SAMHSA/SCAT priority areas including treatment for minority population and treatment in rural areas that focuses on early intervention in a community setting for adolescents with substance use disorders that have not progressed to dependence.
With this project we will sustain social detoxification and early invention currently available at the Juvenile Substance Abuse Crisis Center (JSACC) established with a previous CSAT TCE grant, which is housed in the Regional Juvenile Service Center (RJSC). The project will also continue the successfully wilderness-based experiential education component. The Crisis Center serves annually 300 youth in McKinley County, including two Native American tribes, the Navajo Nation and the Pueblo of Zuni.
The Gallup-McKinley County Schools have been ranked highest among the 77 school districts in NM, for percent of students reporting past-year alcohol use. The County has been ranked highest among all 33 counties for 'Minor Under the Influence' probation and parole referrals, and in the top five for possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, and per capita youth substance abuse related referrals. NCA/NCF