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Indian Health Service announces Zero Suicide Initiative (ZSI)


The Indian Health Service (IHS) is accepting applications for a cooperative agreement for the Zero Suicide Initiative (ZSI).

Donor Name: Indian Health Service (IHS)

Country: United States

State: All States

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 02/02/2022

Size of the Grant: $200,000 and $300,000

Grant Duration: 5 Years


The purpose of this program is to improve the system of care for those at risk for suicide by implementing a comprehensive, culturally informed, multi-setting approach to suicide prevention in Indian health systems. This award represents a continuation of the IHS effort to implement the Zero Suicide approach in Indian Country. The intent of this announcement is to initiate a new, or build upon the previous, Zero Suicide Initiative efforts. Existing efforts have focused on foundational learning of the key concepts of the Zero Suicide framework, technical assistance, and consultation for several AI/AN Zero Suicide communities.

To best capitalize on opportunities and surmount such challenges, this program focuses on the core Seven Elements of the Zero Suicide model as developed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC):

  • Lead – Create and sustain a leadership-driven, safety-oriented culture committed to dramatically reducing suicide among people under care. Include survivors of suicide attempts and suicide loss in leadership and planning roles;
  • Train – Develop a competent, confident, and caring workforce;
  • Identify – Systematically identify and assess suicide risk among people receiving care;
  • Engage – Ensure every individual has a pathway to care that is both timely and adequate to meet his or her needs. Include collaborative safety planning and restriction of lethal means;
  • Treat – Use effective, evidence-based treatments that directly target suicidal thoughts and behaviors;
  • Transition – Provide continuous contact and support, especially after acute care; and,
  • Improve – Apply a data-driven, quality improvement approach to inform system changes that will lead to improved patient outcomes and better care for those at risk.

Funding Information

  • The total funding identified for fiscal year (FY) 2022 is approximately $2,000,000. Individual award amounts for the first budget year are anticipated to be between $200,000 and $300,000.
  • Approximately 8-10 awards will be issued under this program announcement, with a set aside of up to two awards issued to eligible UIOs.

Period of Performance

The period of performance is for 5 years.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this funding opportunity the applicant must be one of the following:

  • A federally recognized Indian Tribe. The term “Indian Tribe” means any Indian Tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or group or regional or village corporation, as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.
  • A Tribal organization. The term “Tribal organization” has the meaning given the term in the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act: “Tribal organization” means the recognized governing body of any Indian Tribe; any legally established organization of Indians which is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by such governing body or which is democratically elected by the adult members of the Indian community to be served by such organization and which includes the maximum participation of Indians in all phases of its activities: provided that, in any case where a contract is let or grant made to an organization to perform services benefiting more than one Indian Tribe, the approval of each such Indian Tribe shall be a prerequisite to the letting or making of such contract or grant. Applicant shall submit letters of support and/or Tribal Resolutions from the Tribes to be served.
  • An Urban Indian organization. The term “Urban Indian organization” means a nonprofit corporate body situated in an urban center, governed by an urban Indian controlled board of directors, and providing for the maximum participation of all interested Indian groups and individuals, which body is capable of legally cooperating with other public and private entities for the purpose of performing the activities. Applicants must provide proof of non-profit status with the application, e.g., 501(c)(3).

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