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Author: Nicole Neault

Tribes with Approved Title IV-E Plans

Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe of Kingston, WashingtonConfederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Pablo, Montana *Family Spirit siteSouth Puget Intertribal Planning Agency of Shelton, WashingtonKeweenaw Bay Indian Community, Baraga, Michigan. *Family Spirit siteNavajo Nation, Window Rock, ArizonaChickasaw Nation, Ada, OklahomaEastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee, North

IndigenousProject LAUNCH

Overview Administered by SAMHSA Current participation by Family Spirit Affiliates: 14 current grantees; 6 use Family Spirit Time Frame for Next Opportunities Non-renewable; unsure if future opportunities will be announced

Healthy Start

Overview Admin by HRSA • Competitive 5 year grants • Serves age prenatal to 18 months • Focus on infant and maternal mortality prevention • Requires benchmark reporting • Requires use of evidencebased practices, not limited to HomVee list Current participation by Family Spirit Affiliates:

Tribal MIECHV Funding to Tribes and Tribal Orgs

Overview Administered by ACF • Competitive 5-year grants • Serves age prenatal-5yrs • Requires benchmark reporting • Requires use of evidence-based model from HomVee list; may use up to 25% for promising models Current participation by Family Spirit Affiliates: 23 total grantees nationally; 4 currently

MIECHV Funding to States

Overview Administered by HRSA • Population size/need-based formula funding, plus special project competitive supplements • States mandated to consult with and address tribal populations in formal Needs Assessment updated every 5 years, which identifies priority communities to serve – typically by county • Serves age

Contributions to the Home Visiting Field

This article explores lessons learned from the Tribal Maternal and Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting
(MIECHV) legislation across four diverse tribal communities. Family Spirit developer, Allison Barlow, is
the lead author of the paper.


The first editorial was written in response to the 2009 Family Spirit outcomes paper. The author
commends Family Spirit researchers for their creative, cost-effective way of addressing the mental
health needs of American Indian children and their families. He further addresses the importance of
participatory research.

Examining Drug Use

This paper describes correlates of meth use in a sample of pregnant American Indian teens from a
Family Spirit trial. It focuses on sociodemographic, familial, and cultural factors and use of other drugs.


This paper describes the rationale, design, methods, and baseline results of the definitive randomized
controlled trial of the Family Spirit Program.