Native Connection Initiative - ITCMI

Native Connection Initiative

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc. (ITCMI) Anishnaabek Healing Circle Native Connections Initiative.  The purpose of the Native Connections Initiative is to reduce the suicide rate among younger people (ages 0-24), including veterans, who are members of two Michigan tribes (Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians).   This initiative promotes beliefs that suicide can be eradicated by improving services and affecting changes across systems.   This can be accomplished by creating policies and procedures to improve suicide care:  and delivering care that is evidence-based with a focus on training staff in clinical interventions in addition to providing education to patients, families, and communities.  

The Project Manager works with two tribes directly to develop policies on mental health promotion, substance misuse, suicide prevention, follow-up services, and transition of youth from different agencies.  

To learn more about this initiative, contact the Program Manager

Jenna Killips
2956 Ashmun Street
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783