Prevention & Recovery Newsletter 
Tribal Action Plan Training
 
Tribal Action Plan Development Workshop: 
A Tribal Law and Order Act Training Initiative
Columbia, South Carolina
January 25-27, 2017
 
Alcohol and drug addiction remains a persistent problem for many tribal communities--from Alaska Native villages to urban Indian communities. Development of a Tribal Action Plan (TAP) to coordinate available resources and programs to combat alcohol and substance misuse was promoted in Section 241 of the 2010 Tribal Law and Order Act, and it is supported by a federal, interdepartmental memorandum of agreement (MOU) between the Departments of Justice (DOJ), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Interior (DOI) (see, 25 U.S.C. ยง2411). A workshop focused on TAP development was recently held at DOJ's National Advocacy Center in Columbia, SC. The workshop was a joint effort between SAMHSA and DOJ's National Indian Country Training Initiative. Participants included tribal council representatives, judges, law enforcement, behavioral health, school leadership, and other community leaders from 14 tribal nation teams. In attendance were representatives from the following tribes: Ak-Chin Tribe, Chickasaw Nation, Fort Peck Tribes, Pueblo of Santa Clara, Pueblo of Jemez, Oneida Nation, Colville Tribe, Hopi Nation, Delaware Nation of Oklahoma, Ho Chunk Nation, Sac and Fox Nation, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah, and Yakima Nation.
 
A workshop theme was Renewing a Culture of Collaboration and Connection Among Tribal Systems. Participants heard from the federal partners, an epidemiology center representative and faculty from Tribal Tech, LLC. and Cabazon, training and technical assistance providers. Faculty reviewed the TAP process and explained how to create one within the context of the tribe's culture and community. Participants received a printed TAP template, electronic resources and information to access data and toolsto assist in creating aTAP. Federal partners from SAMHSA, Indian Health Service, and DOJ's Office of Justice Programs explained their role in the overall TAP process and available additional resources to assist tribe's with developing a TAP. The Federal partners also observed and assisted teams as they explored the concept of community readiness and the formation of a Tribal Coordinating Committee (TCC) to support TAP development and implementation.
 
Each tribal team represented at the workshop was tasked with developing an outline of a tribal-driven vision along with measurable goals, objectives, and outcomes needed to accomplish the vision. In support of this work, a session on using data was conducted, and the concepts of trauma-informed, strength-based, and SMART (specific, measureable, attainable, realistic, timeline) goals was introduced and explained. Teams prepared and reported out a summary of their draft TAP along with plans for assembling a TCC and for sharing the TAP development process with their tribal council and community.

A tribal leader's panel discussion set the tone for the second day of the workshop. Tribal leaders reflected and acknowledged appreciation for the gift of knowledge and materials, and shared their willingness to support TAP work within their own communities. Large group discussions allowed tribal teams to focus on networking and sharing tribal best practices within other native communities at various stages of TAP development.
 
This inaugural workshop was very well received by the tribal teams. A review of the workshop evaluations shows that 96.2% of the students reported they will use what they learned in the training. When asked what was particularly effective about the training, one student wrote "The resources! Also being able to hear from and network with other tribes. The time to work in our group was very helpful." Another student saw as a strength their ability now "to make an informed proposal to tribal council about the benefits of creating a TAP [and] then leading a Tribal Action Plan." Yet another student wrote on their evaluation form "excellent that DOJ, SAMHSA and IHS came together to provide the workshop." More than 50 percent of the teams expressed an interest in follow-up communication from faculty regarding TAP development and implementation.

Based on the success of this workshop, the Federal partners have already begun planning for a second workshop.
 
 
 
 

"Culture and Meth Don't Mix"
A Methamphetamine Prevention Program for Native Youth
The Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs in collaboration with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) - Office of Justice Services, the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the White House Council on Native American Affairs launched the "Culture and Meth Don't Mix" program this past December.
 
The program aims to be a culturally appropriate approach for methamphetamine prevention among Native American youth through community and interagency involvement.
The program is currently being implemented in seven tribes across the country covering four BIA regions. The tribes included in the initial roll-out are: The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, White Earth Nation in Minnesota, Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana, and Penobscot Indian Nation, Passamaquoddy Tribe - Pleasant Point, and Passamaquoddy Tribe - Indian Township in Maine. Faith Begay, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs and Teresia M. Paul, BIE Student Health Program Specialist traveled to each of the tribes for the first session and were joined for the programs in Maine by Juanita Mendoza, BIE Chief of Staff.
 
The program involves an interactive speaker series in BIE schools, including tribally operated, across the country. Speakers include a drug enforcement agent/school resource officer from the BIA Office of Justice Services to explain the legal implications of meth use, a health professional recommended by SAMHSA to explain the negative health impacts associated with meth, and one person from the tribal community to tie in students' cultural background. Tribal leaders also participated in the first session roll-out and provided a strong foundation for future sessions. There is a different theme each month to educate youth about the dangers of meth, while focusing on the fact that Native culture does not support meth use.
This program was created based on requests from Tribal leaders to take proactive steps to address the meth epidemic in Indian Country, by focusing on prevention and education among Native American youth. This program promotes interagency collaboration across federal agencies and supports the United States' trust responsibility to Tribal Nations.
New Tribal Agenda Aims to Improve Behavioral Health in Native Communities
 
December 6, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of the Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda (TBHA), a first-of-its-kind collaborative tribal-federal blueprint that highlights the extent to which behavioral health challenges affect Native communities, in addition to strategies and priorities to reduce these problems and improve the behavioral health of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
 
There are 567 federally recognized and dependent sovereign American Indian and Alaska Native nations, tribes, rancherias, villages, and pueblos. American Indians and Alaska Natives represent 2 percent of the total U.S. population (6.6 million persons), but experience disproportionately high rates of behavioral health problems such as mental and substance use disorders. In addition, these communities' behavioral health needs have traditionally been underserved.
 
Mental and substance use disorders - which may result from adverse childhood experiences, historical and intergenerational trauma, and other factors - are also reflected in high rates of interpersonal violence, major depression, excessive alcohol use, suicide, and suicide risk. Overall, these problems pose a corrosive threat to the health and well-being of many American Indians and Alaska Natives.
 
"This new initiative represents an important step in our government-to-government relationship and gives American Indian and Alaska Native tribes a greater role in determining how to address their behavioral health needs with urgency and respect," said SAMHSA Principal Deputy Administrator Kana Enomoto.
 
The Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda blueprint includes the following four tenants:
  • Provides a clear national statement about the extent and impact of behavioral health and related problems on the well-being of tribal communities.
  • Recognizes and supports tribal efforts to incorporate their respective cultural wisdom and traditional practices in programs and services that contribute to improved well-being.
  • Establishes five foundational elements that should be considered and integrated into existing and future program and policy efforts.
  • Elevates priorities and strategies to reduce persistent behavioral health problems for Native youth, families, and communities.
Findings from SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicate that adult (ages 18 and older) American Indians and Alaska Natives had experienced higher rates of past year mental illness compared with the general population (21.2 percent versus 17.9 percent). Similarly, American Indians and Alaska Natives ages 12 and older had higher levels of past year illicit substance use than the general population (22.9 percent versus 17.8 percent).
 
The TBHA framework is organized around five foundational elements that provide both content and direction for collaborative efforts. They are:
  • Focusing on healing from historical and intergenerational trauma;
  • Using a socio-cultural-ecological approach to improving behavioral health;
  • Ensuring support for both prevention and recovery;
  • Strengthening behavioral health systems and related services and supports; and
  • Improving national awareness and visibility of behavioral health issues faced by tribal communities.
"The IHS is committed to improving behavioral health care for the American Indian and Alaska Native people by using the Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda to integrate care within community health systems," said IHS Principal Deputy Director, Mary L. Smith. "This agenda recognizes that successful and sustained behavioral change requires cultural reconnection, community participation, increased resources, and the ability of those serving American Indian and Alaska Native populations to be responsive to emerging issues and changing needs."
 
The TBHA includes the American Indian and Alaska Native Cultural Wisdom Declaration. which acknowledges that cultural wisdom and traditional practices are fundamental to achieving improvements in behavioral health. In addition, the TBHA uses historical and current contexts for developing the recommendations that form the blueprint. It also incorporates shared priorities and strategies that can be addressed by tribes, federal agencies, and other entities working together.
 
Tribal leaders called for improved collaboration with key federal agencies to address these behavioral health challenges. The National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda is the result of extensive consultation among tribal leaders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Indian Health Service (IHS), and National Indian Health Board (NIHB).
 
"Tribal leaders and stakeholders provided meaningful and comprehensive input to create the Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda, which will be a valuable tool and resource to address the critical behavioral health needs we see across Indian Country," said Stacy Bohlen, Executive Director, National Indian Health Board (NIHB). "NIHB is grateful to have served a coordinating role with Tribes in the creation of the TBHA, and we look forward to continuing the work with our communities as they plan and implement TBHA strategies that will work best for them."
 
The TBHA honors the trusted relationship that the U.S. Government has with federally recognized tribes and reflects effective government-to-government interactions. Tribes have their own creation stories, cultures, traditions, and languages. The TBHA's development was based on identifying the unique perspectives of tribes while building strategies based on their shared values and beliefs.vThe shared beliefs of balance - spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional - ensured that the resilient practice of culture and other protective factors helped form the TBHA's priorities.
 
"The Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda is an exciting next step to advance the emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being of American Indians and Alaska Natives," said Jacqueline Pata, Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). "NCAI looks forward to collaborating with SAMHSA, IHS, Tribal leaders, and Native youth across Indian Country to advance the goals of the TBHA."
 
The collaborative process used to develop the TBHA shows that significant opportunity exists for tribes and tribal organizations, federal agencies, urban Indian health programs, and other interested parties to work together to improve the behavioral health of tribal communities.
 
"We are very excited and pleased that SAMHSA continues to extend opportunities to partner with urban Native communities through this collaborative effort to help form systems and services to better our communities," said NCUIH's Interim Executive Director Alejandro Bermudez-del-Villar. "This collaboration offers an avenue for NCUIH members and the communities they serve, to share their stories and provide solutions for addressing the challenges facing American Indian and Alaska Natives living in urban areas."
 
 
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
 

Native Youth Perspective 

Frederick "Freddy" Gipp

Diagnosed with pneumonia upon birth, I was continuously in and out of the hospital due to the nature of my health. Western medicine did not provide the capability to improve my condition and my grandmother made the conscious decision to take me to Oklahoma to see her Indian doctor. What happened that day is something that I will never be able to fully grasp or explain but ultimately led to the perfectly healthy life I live today.
  
My Indian name is T'san T'hoop A'hn meaning Lead Horse in Kiowa and I am an enrolled member of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma. I have lived in Lawrence, Kansas my entire life and from kindergarten to my senior year in college, public education has been the foundation of my success.
  
When I was a freshman at the University of Kansas (KU), I was one of 10 Native American students coming into a class of over 3,700. During my freshman year, I joined the First Nations Student Association with the ultimate goal of rebranding the group for our campus community. I successfully raised over $13,000 for the 2013 spring celebration and was appointed president of the club shortly after.
  
During my presidency, I dealt with adversity from an administration that lacked the basic structural support necessary to improve Native American success on campus. In November 2014, I developed our first discussion panel that highlighted lack of institutional opportunity and access for minority students. The panel resulted in the establishment of two part-time jobs at KU that worked to help the Native American community on campus.
  
Building on that momentum, I was recognized as a Man of Merit and went on to develop KU's very first Native American Advisory Board in 2015. That summer, I was recognized by KU Marketing Communications for my accomplishments through involvement and advocacy. I achieved these accomplishments and recognition without any internship experience.
  
I am a grass dancer and have been fortunate to win championships across Indian Country. My success would not have happened if it was not for my family who placed me in this position for excellence.
  
Today, you can find me interning at the Department of the Interior at the Bureau of Indian Education with the goal to ultimately work in the public or private sector to lobby and consult for strategic developments for Indian Country to become self-sufficient.
The Indian Country Child Trauma Center at the University of Oklahoma and Kognito Launch Simulation to Train Law Enforcement on Trauma-Informed Policing
The Indian Country Child Trauma Center at the University of Oklahoma and Kognito Launch Simulation to Train Law Enforcement on Trauma-Informed Policing
Role-Play Simulation Prepares Tribal Law Enforcement Professionals
to Lead More Effective Real-Life Interactions with Tribal Youth

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center, housed at the Indian Country Child Trauma Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, and Kognito, an innovator in developing evidence-based role-play simulations, have announced the launch of an interactive role-play simulation aimed at building the capacity among law enforcement professionals to lead more effective interactions with tribal youth.
 
The Trauma-Informed Policing With Tribal Youth simulation is available at no cost to participants at: www.kognitocampus.com/login using enrollment key "tribalyth".
 
"Trauma-Informed Policing with Tribal Youth is the first culturally-specific online role-play simulation," said Dr. Dolores Bigfoot, director of the Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center. "Preliminary research demonstrates that it builds knowledge about the effects of historical and intergenerational trauma and prepares law enforcement officers to take action to reduce the trauma-response of tribal youth when interacting with police. Our goal is to bring that knowledge and skill to scale by offering all law enforcement agencies that work with tribal communities the opportunity to have their officers participate in the training."
 
The Trauma-Informed Policing with Tribal Youth simulation is one of the services that the Indian Country Child Trauma Center, in its role as the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center, provides to tribal grantees and all federally recognized tribes seeking to improve tribal juvenile justice systems. It takes about 30 minutes to complete and awards one hour of continuing education credit from the State of Oklahoma Center for Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET). Acquisition of continuing education credits for law enforcement personnel in other states is in progress.
 
Trauma-Informed Policing with Tribal Youth uses a variety of instructional approaches, including an opportunity to take on the role of a tribal law enforcement officer and interact with a virtual 15-year-old tribal youth whose childhood is marked by traumatic experiences. The virtual youth possesses personality, memory and emotions, so he responds as a real person would. In addition, a virtual coach provides education and feedback throughout the simulation.
 
The simulation was adapted from an evidence-based learning model used with educators. It was developed with extensive input from subject matter experts from Indian Country, including youth with histories of involvement with the juvenile justice system, law enforcement and trauma specialists. The online format enables tribal and other law enforcement personnel, even in some of the most rural areas, to access this training and gain skills and experience in trauma-informed policing approaches.
 
"Research shows that our online role-play simulations are effective tools for American Indian and Alaska Native users," said Dr. Glenn Albright, co-founder and director of research at Kognito. "This culturally-specific simulation has the potential to change the way law enforcement work with youth in Indian Country, where the youth are so disproportionately affected by trauma, substance abuse and suicide."
 
About the Indian Country Child Trauma Center
The Indian Country Child Trauma Center was established to develop trauma-related treatment protocols, outreach materials and service delivery guidelines specifically designed for American Indian and Alaska Native children and their families. The Indian Country Child Trauma Center is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration under the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. It is housed on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus in the OU Children's Physicians Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. A current program includes Project Making Medicine. To learn more, visit www.icctc.org.
 
About Kognito
Kognito is a health simulation company that believes in the power of conversation to inspire and inform, impact how people think and act, evoke empathy and change lives. It is an innovator in developing research-proven, role-play simulations that prepare individuals to lead real-life conversations. These simulations build and assess users' confidence and competency by providing them the ability to practice conversations with a growing family of emotionally-responsive virtual people.
 
Kognito's innovative approach uses the science of learning, the art of conversation and the power of game technology to measurably improve social, emotional and physical health. Leading health, education, government and nonprofit organizations use its growing portfolio of simulations. Kognito is the only company with health simulations listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.
 
About OJJDP
Juveniles in crisis-from those who commit serious and violent offenses to victims of abuse and neglect-pose a challenge to the nation. Charged by Congress to meet this challenge, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, collaborates with professionals from diverse disciplines to improve juvenile justice policies and practices.
 
Trauma-Informed Policing, cont.
OJJDP accomplishes its mission by supporting states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles. The Office strives to
strengthen the juvenile justice system's efforts to protect public safety, hold justice-involved youth appropriately accountable, and provide services that address the needs of youth and their families. Through its components, OJJDP sponsors research, program, and training initiatives; develops priorities and goals and sets policies to guide federal juvenile justice issues; disseminates information about juvenile justice issues; and awards funds to states to support local programming.
 
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IHS Announces Pilot Program for Child Trauma-Informed Integrated Care
IHS Announces Pilot Program for Child Trauma-Informed Integrated Care
Ten IHS and tribally-run sites selected from across the U.S.
 
March 7, 2017 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) announced 10 locations that will participate in a new year-long pilot project to integrate trauma-informed care at IHS and tribal facilities.
 
The IHS and tribal pilot sites chosen to participate in the project will receive virtual technical assistance through a series of structured webinars, virtual learning communities, technical assistance calls, and metrics collection and analysis.
 
IHS is working in conjunction with the Pediatric Integrated Care Collaborative (PICC) which is part of the Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care. PICC works with national faculty, pediatric primary care providers, mental health professionals and families to increase the quality and accessibility of child trauma services by integrating behavioral and physical health services in Native communities.
 
IHS and Johns Hopkins will work closely together to provide assistance and guidance for the programs at each site and ultimately devise a comprehensive action plan that can be used at additional locations in the future.
 
"The quality of care for our youngest patients is important and this collaboration will allow IHS to reach out and respond to children and their families with early intervention and promote resiliency in order to lessen the effects of childhood traumatic stress," said Rear Adm. Chris Buchanan, acting director of the Indian Health Service. "Traumatic experiences that cause stress or can threaten or harm a child's emotional or physical well-being include poverty, physical or sexual abuse, community and school violence and neglect."
 
"We are honored to be able to work with a group of tribal communities and the IHS on trauma-informed integrated care," said Lawrence Wissow, MD, professor, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. "We hope that we can help those communities develop their integrated care capacities, and we know that the larger integrated care world will learn from solutions that incorporate Native American traditions of healing and collaboration."
 
The 10 selected locations include seven direct service (IHS) and three tribal sites (*):
*Chickasaw Nation Medical Center Pediatric Clinic, Oklahoma*
* Gallup Indian Medical Center, New Mexico
* Fort Thompson Indian Health Center, South Dakota
* Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health, Oklahoma*
* Northern Navajo Medical Center, Navajo Preparatory School Based Health Clinic, New Mexico
* Northern Navajo Medical Center, New Mexico
* Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Health and Human Services, Michigan*
* Southern Bands Health Center - IHS Elko Service Unit, Nevada
* Woodrow Wilson Keeble Memorial Health Care Center-IHS Sisseton Service Unit, South Dakota
* Zuni Comprehensive Community Health Center, New Mexico
 
The project uses a "learning collaborative" method in which newly learned processes are implemented and subsequently evaluated to identify what works well, what does not work well and what changes might be needed. Staff are encouraged to test practical, sustainable approaches of integrating trauma/chronic stress prevention, detection and early intervention into primary care for young children. Teams identify methods and set up structures and procedures to facilitate the integration of trauma-informed care. Identified approaches may include providing primary and secondary prevention, screening for trauma-related problems or treating trauma-related problems.
 
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care's PICC is one of the Category II centers of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) , which aims to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families, and communities throughout the United States. The NCTSN is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration .
 
The IHS Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) serves as the primary source of national advocacy, policy development, management and administration of behavioral health, alcohol and substance abuse, and family violence prevention programs. Working in partnership with tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian health organizations, DBH coordinates national efforts to share knowledge and build capacity through the development and implementation of evidence/practice based and cultural-based practices in Indian country.
 
The IHS , an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. Follow IHS on Facebook .
 
IHS Opens New Youth Regional Treatment Center
March 1, 2017 - T he Indian Health Service (IHS), in consultation with the104 federally-recognized tribes of California, announced the grand opening of the Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center in Hemet, Calif. The new Youth Regional Treatment Center (YRTC) will provide culturally appropriate substance abuse disorder services to American Indian and Alaska Native youth ages 12-17.
 
"T oday, IHS is pleased to announce the first of two youth regional treatment centers that will serve American Indian and Alaska Native youth in California,"said the IHS Acting Director, Rear Adm. Chris Buchanan, REHS, MPH. "Desert Sage demonstrates our commitment to our American Indian and Alaska Native youth and families by offering culturally-centered,evidence-based, individualized behavioral health services."
 
De sert Sage Youth Wellness Center will treat approximately100 tribal youth annually. The wellness center is the first federally-owned and operated health care facility in California to serve American Indians and Alaska Natives. Currently, most of California's Native American youth who receive residential chemical dependency treatment are sent out-of-state to non-IHS or non-tribal facilities that do not always meet the unique cultural needs of Native American youth. The IHS is working towards the construction of a second YRTC in California. The estimated completion date for the Sacred Oaks Healing Center in Davis, Calif is early 2019.
 
"T he new YRTCs in California are an important step to helping thousands of Native American youth in California who need residential care, "said IHS California Area Director Beverly Miller. "They will be staffed by a team of mental health care professionals, medical providers, and traditional healers who will work in concert to treat the whole person."
 
T he YRTCs will provide comprehensive and holistic care, including:
  • Mental health assessments, health care services, and individualized treatment plans
  • Structured chemical dependency programs (e.g., 12-step programs)
  • Individual,group,and family therapy
  • Academic education
  • Vocational and life-skills training
  • Activities to meet the spiritual and cultural needs of Native American youth
T he Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center in Hemet is approximately35,300 square feet and includes three buildings with 32 beds and five family suites. It will employ 70 full-time employees. The center was designed for sustainability and is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. Interior features include classrooms, computer lab, art room,a commercial kitchen, dining area,cultural space, exam rooms, employee offices, an indoor half-court gymnasium, and a weight room. Exterior features include an outdoor basketball court and walking trails.It is oneof11YRTCs across the US funded by IHS.
 
T he California Area Indian Health Service provides the IHS health care delivery system to the State of California, the home of the largest population of American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN)in the country.
 
T he IHS, a n agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.Follow IHS on Facebook.
 
Events & Conferences
HEARING: Roundtable Discussion on "Building Native America Together: Infrastructure Innovation and Improvements for the New Administration and Indian Country"
Date: March 15, 2017
Time: 2:30pm
 
Tribal Interior Budget Committee Meeting
Pre-Meeting: March 21st
Tribal Caucus: March 22nd
Tribal Interior Budget Council: March 22nd-23rd
Washington Plaza Hotel, Washington, DC
 
TSGAC/SGAC 2nd Quarter Advisory Committee Meeting '17
IHS TSGAC: March 28-29, 2017
DOI SGAC:  March 29-30, 2017
Embassy Suites DC Convention Center, Washington, DC
 
National Indian Child Welfare Association Annual Conference
Date: April 2-5, 2017
Where: San Diego, CA
 
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Tribal Technical Advisory Group (TTAG) (Teleconference)
Date: April 12, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Call-In Number: 1-877-267-1577
Meeting Number: 991 559 727
 
The Medicare, Medicaid, and Health Reform Policy Committee (MMPC) Monthly Call
Date: April 5, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Call-In Number: 1-866-866-2244
Passcode: 594865#
 
2017 Tribal Self-Governance Annual Consultation Conference
Date: April 23-27, 2017
Where: Spokane Convention Center- Spokane, Washington
 
OIG Training for IHS and Tribal Officials
Date: April 27, 2017
Where: Crazy Horse, South Dakota
 
National Indian Health Board Public Health Summit
Date: June 6-8, 2017
Where: Anchorage, AK
Funding Opportunities
Title: BJA FY 17 Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders
FOA Number: BJA-2017-11483
Application Deadline: March 14, 2017
 
Title: Tribal Transit Program 2017
FOA Number: FTA-2017-002-TPM
Application Deadline: March 20, 2017
 
Title: Recovery Community Services Program-Statewide Network
FOA Number: TI-17-006
Application Deadline: March 20, 2017
 
Title: The Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Navigator Program for Racial/Ethnic Minorities Ages 13-24 Cooperative Agreement (Prevention Navigator)
FOA Number: SP-17-004
Application Deadline: April 17, 2017
 
Title: Services Grant Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women
FOA Number: TI-17-007
Application Deadline: April 17, 2017
 
Title: BJA FY 17 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
FOA Number : BJA-2017-11380 
Application Deadline : April 20, 2017
 
Title: Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals
FOA Number: TI-17-009
Application Deadline : April 25, 2017
Featured Resources
SAMHSA Releases App to Help Treat Opioid Use Disorder

Meet MATx, SAMHSA's latest resource to improve access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder . MATx was developed to support practitioners who currently provide MAT, as well as those who plan to do so in the future.

This free app provides health care practitioners with immediate access to vital information and aggregates it in one place. Practitioners can access step-by-step guidance to become certified to prescribe buprenorphine, the latest training opportunities, and the most current MAT resources to provide effective, evidence-based treatment.

MATx features include:
  • Information on FDA-approved treatment approaches and medications for opioid use disorders;
  • A buprenorphine prescribing guide, which includes information on the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) waiver process and patient limits;
  • Clinical support tools such as treatment guidelines, ICD-10 coding, and recommendations for working with special populations; and
  • Access to critical helplines and SAMHSA's treatment locators.