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Week of February 5, 2024

In this Letter:

📣Announcements 

✒️Congressional Items 

📝 Dear Tribal Leader Letters

📒Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committees & Tribal Consultations

🎟️Events 

💵 Notice of Funding Opportunities

Announcements

Final Rule from SAMHSA and HHS: Medications for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

On February 2, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a final rule titled, “Medications for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder.” The summary shares that the rule, “modifies and updates certain provisions of regulations related to Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) accreditation, certification, and standards for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) with Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) in OTPs. This includes making flexibilities put forth during the COVID–19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) permanent, as well as expanding access to care and evidence-based treatment for OUD. The final rule also removes all language and rules pertaining to the Drug Addiction and Treatment Act (DATA) Waiver from the regulations pursuant to the ‘Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023’.”

Registration is Now Open for the National Indian Health Board 2024 National Tribal Health Conference in Rapid City, SD 

Click here to visit the conference website to learn more about the event, exhibiting, and sponsoring NTHC 2024. Check the co­nference website often for upcoming information regarding speakers, the call for abstracts, and exciting opportunities!  

Congressional Items

It’s a busy week ahead on Capitol Hill! As discussions continue regarding the twelve FY 2024 appropriation bills, the laddered Continuing Resolution (CR) expiration is getting closer with the first being March 1 and the second on March 8, which includes HHS and the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) is holding a legislative hearing to discuss five pieces of legislation that would impact Indian Country, including S. 2385, Tribal Access to Clean Water Act of 2023, and S. 3022, the Indian Health Services (IHS) Workforce Parity Act of 2023. Senate Bill 2385 is aimed to provide access to reliable, clean, and drinkable water on Tribal lands.  The IHS Workforce Parity Act, S. 3022, is a bill to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) by expanding the eligibility of IHS’ scholarship and loan recipients to half-time participants. NIHB is actively participating in discussions on the outlook of FY 2024 spending and legislation moving on the Hill.

Hearings

Hearing on Examining Chronic Drug Shortages in the United States

Committee: House Ways and Means Committee

Date: February 6, 2024, 10:00 AM ET 

Hearing Webpage Link

Legislative Hearing to receive testimony on S. 2385, S. 2868, S. 3022, S. 2796 & S. 3230

Committee: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs 

Date: February 8, 2024, 10:30 AM ET

Hearing Webpage Link  

Why Does the United States Pay, by Far, the Highest Prices in the World for Prescription Drugs?

Committee: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Date: February 8, 2024, 10:00 AM ET 

Hearing Webpage Link

Artificial Intelligence and Health Care: Promise and Pitfalls

Committee: Senate Committee on Finance 

Date: February 8, 2024, 10:00 AM ET

Hearing Webpage Link 

Dear Tribal Leader Letters


View NIHB’s full Dear Tribal Leader Letter Tracker here 

IHS January 31 Letter: The IHS Director writes to communicate key leadership changes within the Indian Health Service, which include multiple reassignments, the departure of a long-tenured staff member, and a noteworthy retirement

IHS January 22 Letter: The IHS Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to share Agency accomplishments during the first quarter of fiscal year 2024

IHS January 18 Letter: The IHS Director writes to invite you to join a series of four Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer sessions in calendar year 2024 on Health IT Modernization

Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committees & Tribal Consultations


View NIHB’s full Regulations Tracker here


Consultations

HHS Tribal Consultation on Draft Tribal and Tribal Epidemiology Center Data Access Policy 

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Draft Data Access Policy

Date: February 6, 2024, 3:00 – 5:00 PM ET 

Meeting Registration Link

Comments Due: March 5, 2024

Comment Submission: [email protected], subject “HHS Tribal Data Policy” 

Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer: Health Information Technology Modernization Enterprise Collaboration Group

Date: February 8, 2024, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM ET 

Meeting Registration Link

IHS Consultation on the Proposed Supplemental Funding Request to Support Fentanyl and Opioid Programs 

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Comments Due: March 4, 2024

Comment Submission: [email protected], subject “Supplemental Request for Fentanyl and Opioid Abuse Funding”

Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer Health IT Modernization Program: Deployment and Cohort Planning

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Date: May 9, 2024, 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET 

Meeting Registration Link 

Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer Health IT Modernization Program: Multi-Tenant Domain Considerations 

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Date: August 8, 2024, 1:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Meeting Registration Link 

Tribal Consultation and Urban Confer Health IT Modernization Program: Site Readiness and Training

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

Date: November 7, 2024, 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET

Meeting Registration Link

Tribal Advisory Committee Meetings

FY 2026 National Tribal Budget Formulation Workgroup Work Session 

Date: February 13 – 14, 2024

Meeting Webpage Link

DSTAC 2nd Quarter Meeting 

Date: February 15 — 16, 2024

Meeting Webpage Link

IHS Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee Meeting 

Date: February 21 – 22, 2024

Location: Washington, DC 

Meeting Webpage Link 

CANCELLED—Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC) 

Date: February 27—28, 2024

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC)

Date: February 27, 2024, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET 

Meeting Announcement Link

IHS National Tribal Advisory Committee (NTAC) on Behavioral Health Q1 Meeting

Date: February 27, 2024, 12:00 PM ET – 5:00 PM ET 

Meeting Link

Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee (TLDC) Quarterly Meeting

Date: March 5 – 6, 2024

Location: Reno, NV

Meeting Webpage Link

Medicare, Medicaid and Health Reform Policy Committee (MMPC) 

Date: March 5, 2024

Location: Washington, DC 

CMS Tribal Technical Advisory Group (TTAG) Face-to-Face Meeting 

Date: March 6 – 7, 2024

Location: Washington, DC 

Facilities Appropriation Advisory Board Meeting

Date: March 12 — 13, 2024

Location: Sacramento, CA 

Meeting Webpage Link

Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) Tribal Advisory Group

Date: March 25, 2024

Location: Rockville, MD

Meeting Webpage Link 

Events

National Congress of American Indians State of Indian Nations 2024

Date: February 12, 2024

Event Webpage Link

Event Registration Link

National Congress of American Indians 2024 Executive Council Winter Session

Date: February 12 15, 2024

Location: Washington, DC

Event Webpage Link

National Council of Urban Indian Health Building Bridges, Building Trust: An Open Forum on COVID-19 Insights 

Date: February 13, 2024, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Event Registration Link 

National Indian Child Welfare Association 42nd Annual Protecting Our Children Conference

Date: April 7 – 10, 2024

Location: Seattle, WA

Event Webpage Link

2024 Tribal Self-Governance Conference 

Date: April 15 – 19, 2024

Location: Chandler, AZ

Event Webpage Link 

National Council of Urban Indian Health 2024 Annual Conference 

Date: April 29, 2024 – May 2, 2024

Location: Washington, DC

Event Webpage Link

National Indian Health Board 2024 National Tribal Health Conference

Date: May 19 – 23, 2024

Location: Rapid City, SD

Event Webpage Link

Notice of Funding Opportunities

*NEW* Supporting People with HIV as Leaders in HIV Systems of Care | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: Up to $800,000

Application Deadline: April 1, 2024

Description: The program activities are to: 1. Conduct training of trainers (ToT) for people with HIV on leadership in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) activities. 2. Provide supports to ToT trainees to help them accomplish goals related to the ToT. 3. Develop and disseminate relevant tools and lessons learned from the project. The goal of the Supporting People with HIV as Leaders in HIV Systems of Care program is to support leadership development and enhance meaningful engagement for people with HIV in health care planning and programs inclusive of RWHAP-funded organizations.

*NEW* Poison Control Centers Program | Click Here to Learn More

Application Deadline: May 1, 2024

Award Amount: The goal of this program is to reduce poisonings and the harms resulting from poisonings by ensuring that individuals across the United States can connect to a Poison Control Center and obtain expert consultation on preventing and managing poisonings. The objectives of this program are to: 1. Support poisoning prevention activities; 2. Provide high-quality guidance and information to callers to the Poison Help Line; 3. Provide treatment recommendations when poisonings occur; 4. Collect data related to poisonings and poisoning outcomes; and 5. Use data to inform public health and emergency preparedness responses. These will be accomplished by: 1. Maintaining the number of calls received by the Poison Help Line. 2. Maintaining the percentage of human exposure poisoning case calls from health care facilities and practitioners. 3. Increasing the percentage of human exposure poisoning cases with a completed follow-up contact. 4. Increasing national data on poisonings available in the National Poison Data System (NPDS) for toxic exposure surveillance purposes.

Indian Health Service Funding Opportunity for the Community Opioid Intervention Prevention Program | Click Here to Learn More 

Application Deadline: February 7, 2024

Description: The purpose of this grant program is to address the opioid crisis in AI/AN communities by doing the following: first, developing and expanding community education and awareness of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for opioid misuse and opioid use disorder; second, increasing knowledge and use of culturally appropriate interventions and to encourage an increased use of medication-assisted treatment/medications for opioid use disorder (MAT/MOUD); third, supporting Tribal and Urban Indian communities in their effort to provide prevention, treatment, and recovery services to address the impact of the opioid crisis; and fourth, increase harm reduction within their communities.

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) Environmental Justice Community Innovator Challenge | Click Here to Learn More

Application Deadline: February 13, 2024

Description: The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) are seeking community-led strategies and tools to address health disparities in communities disproportionately impacted by environmental risks and hazards including those related to climate change, and the cumulative impacts of other stressors. The Challenge mechanism provides an opportunity for community voices to participate in developing novel innovative approaches to addressing the adverse health impacts of environmental conditions and increase community resilience within their local, disproportionately impacted communities. 

Indian Health Service Funding Opportunity for Tribal Self-Governance Negotiation Cooperative Agreement Program | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: $84,000

Application Deadline: February 19, 2024

Description: The purpose of this Negotiation Cooperative Agreement is to provide Tribes with resources to help defray the costs associated with preparing for and engaging in TSGP negotiations. TSGP negotiations are a dynamic, evolving, and Tribally-driven process that requires careful planning, preparation, and sharing of precise, up-to-date information by both Tribal and Federal parties. Because each Tribal situation is unique, a Tribe's successful transition into the TSGP, or expansion of their current program, requires focused discussions between the Federal and Tribal negotiation teams about the Tribe's specific health care concerns and plans.

Indian Health Service Funding Opportunity for Tribal Self-Governance Planning Cooperative Agreement Program | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: $180,000

Application Deadline: February 19, 2024

Description: The purpose of this Planning Cooperative Agreement is to provide resources to Tribes interested in entering the TSGP and to existing Self-Governance Tribes interested in assuming new or expanded PSFAs. Title V of the ISDEAA requires a Tribe or Tribal organization (T/TO) to complete a planning phase to the satisfaction of the Tribe. The planning phase must include legal and budgetary research and internal Tribal government planning and organizational preparation relating to the administration of health care programs.

Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program | Click Here to Learn More

Application Deadline: February 26, 2024

Description: The purpose of this program is to educate and train the health care and supportive care workforces to care for older adults by collaborating with community partners. Applicants must maximize patient and family engagement to address care gaps and improve health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics with primary care and other appropriate specialties using the Age-Friendly Health Systems Framework.

Native Connections Tribal Behavioral Health | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: Up to $250,000 per year

Application Deadline: March 6, 2024

Description: The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance use/misuse, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth, up to and including age 24, by building a healthy network of systems, services, and partnerships that impact youth. SAMHSA expects this program will be a model for community change that integrates a community’s culture, resources, and readiness to address suicide prevention and substance use/misuse among AI/AN youth.

Funding Opportunity for the Tribal Management Grant Program | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: $50,000 – $150,000

Application Deadline: March 14, 2024

Description: The TMG Program is a competitive grant program that is capacity building and developmental in nature and has been available for federally recognized Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations (T/TO) since shortly after enactment of the ISDEAA in 1975. The TMG Program was established to assist T/TOs to prepare for assuming all or part of existing IHS programs, functions, services, and activities (PFSAs) and further develop and improve Tribal health management capabilities. The TMG Program provides competitive grants to T/TOs to establish goals and performance measures for current health programs, assess current management capacity to determine if new components are appropriate, analyze programs to determine if a T/TO's management is practicable, and develop infrastructure systems to manage or organize PFSAs.

Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Evidence Based Telehealth Network Program (EB-TNP) | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: Up to $350,000

Application Deadline: March 22, 2024

Description: The purpose of this program is to integrate behavioral health services into primary care settings using telehealth technology through telehealth networks and evaluate the effectiveness of such integration. The goal for the BHI/EB-TNP Program is to support evidence-based projects that utilize telehealth technologies through telehealth networks in rural and underserved areas.

Tribal MIECHV Notice of Funding Opportunity | Click Here to Learn More

Award Amount: $250,000 – $1,000,000

Application Deadline: April 18, 2024, 11:59 PM ET 

Description: Administered by the Office of Early Childhood Development (ECD) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), this grant will support 5-year cooperative agreements between ACF and federally recognized Indian Tribes (or a consortium of Indian Tribes), Tribal organizations, or urban Indian organizations interested in developing, implementing, sustaining, or expanding an evidence-based home visiting program serving expectant families and families with young children aged birth to kindergarten entry. Awards will support the implementation of high-quality, culturally grounded, evidence-based home visiting services to American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) families and children; implementation of performance measurement and continuous quality improvement systems; development of early childhood systems; and participation in research and evaluation activities to build evidence around home visiting, particularly in Tribal communities. Reach out to [email protected] with questions.

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