Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $450,000)
Part of the Indian Country Law Enforcement Initiative, a joint initiative of DOJ and the U.S. Department of the Interior to improve law enforcement and the administration of criminal and juvenile justice in Indian country, OJJDP's Tribal Youth Program (TYP) supports and enhances tribal efforts to prevent and control delinquency and strengthen the juvenile justice system for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth. This program is authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended and the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2009, Pub. L. 111-8.
The Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) is a Federally-Recognized Tribe. The tribe occupies land in western New York State and has a current enrollment of 7,735, 2,115 of which are youth under the age of 17. The tribe is applying for category 4 funding, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Programs. The Seneca Nation of Indians is seeking to implement a new program to provide screening, brief intervention, and targeted substance abuse treatment to adolescents aged 13-17 on the Cattaraugus and Allegany territories. The program will place Seneca Nation Health Department Substance Abuse Prevention staff in the local school systems and recreation facilities of the Seneca Nation. Staff will utilize the SBIRT process and CRAFFT tool for screening. Treatment staff will facilitate brief treatment and the Matrix Adolescent Intensive Outpatient curriculum for families and youth. They will additionally develop a Youth Advisory team that will provide direction regarding which activities will benefit older youth on territory. These activities will serve 200 different youth on each territory annually.
The goals of the project are to increase youth access to substance abuse prevention, interventions and treatment by instituting substance abuse screening of native youth on the Seneca territories, developing and providing appropriate interventions for youth requiring follow-up from these screenings, and creating a mechanism for older youth to design and implement positive, pro-social activities on Seneca territories for them. CA/NCF