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Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Interagency Coordinating Committee

IASA Federal Partners - HHS, DOI, DOJ

Coordinating across federal agencies responsible to address alcohol and substance abuse issues, including DOI's (Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education), DOJ's (Office of Justice Programs, Office of Tribal Justice) and HHS' (IHS and other agencies in charge of assisting Indian Country)

The Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse is responsible for aligning, leveraging and coordinating with federal agencies and departments in carrying out the responsibilities delineated in the Tribal Law and Order Act. Contact the office at (240) 276-0549 or

Latest News/Events

Feasibility of Implementing School-Based Health Services in Indian Country

March 26, 2014 • 2:00-3:00 p.m.

So much has been done over the years to find ways to provide safety and support to students in the school environment. It has ranged from school-linked services to coordinated school health services to wrap around services, etc. There is no disagreement that all approaches have worked in some capacity, however we are entering into a new era of concern for our youth, with school violence more prevalent, drop-out rates increasing and risky student behaviors presenting themselves in an more intense fashion.

These concerns are especially prevalent in Indian Country, therefore this webinar is intended to outline solutions and resources that are becoming more available to Indian communities in this new era, which will lead us toward an opportunity to develop culturally-adapted Integrated Student Support Services models.

Advisory Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence announces the upcoming hearing on American Indian Children Exposed to Violence in the Community.

Please refer to the attached flyer for additional information.

This new Task Force is part of the Attorney General's Defending Childhood Initiative, a project that addresses the epidemic levels of exposure to violence faced by our nation's children. The task force was created in response to a recommendation in the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence December 2012 final report. The report noted that American Indian and Alaska Native children have an exceptional degree of unmet needs for services and support to prevent and respond to the extreme levels of violence they experience.

Office of National Drug Control Policy
National Substance Abuse Prevention Month 2013
Learn it! Live it!

This year, the Office of National Drug Control Policy recognizes four key areas in its approach to preventing substance abuse, targeting: YOUTH, PARENTS, COMMUNITIES, and the WORKPLACE. Prevention works, and that’s why we must continue to encourage partnerships among coalitions and the greater community to build and sustain prevention efforts. Please see the brochure for more information (PDF | 247 KB).

IHS Youth Regional Treatment Center (YRTC) Website Launches!

The Indian Health Service (IHS), Division of Behavioral Health is happy to announce the launch of the IHS Youth Regional Treatment Center (YRTC) website! The site highlights tribal and federal YRTCs that address the ongoing issues of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders among American Indian and Alaska Native youth. To access the site, please visit

Critical Dialogue with Native Youth about Underage Drinking-Our Culture is Prevention

"Critical Dialogue with Native Youth about Underage Drinking-Our Culture is Prevention" is the title of the SAMHSA Native American underage drinking video, a collaborative project between SAMHSA's Underage Drinking Prevention Education Initiatives (UADPEI) and SAMHSA's Native American Center for Excellence, and is intended to support tribes in their local underage drinking prevention communications efforts. This video was produced through the SAMHSA/CSAP UADPEI contract in an ongoing collaboration with States and Territories to produce videos that support local underage drinking prevention communications efforts. Using 'Culture is Prevention' as its theme as well as youth and adult testimonials, the video addresses the consequences of underage drinking, the reasons Native youth choose not to drink, and the way Native cultures and traditions help promote resilience and prevent substance use. You can find this video on SAMHSA's You Tube's Underage Drinking playlist.

Prevention & Recovery Newsletter (Winter 2014)

Featured Resource: NewsletterThe Winter 2014 issue of the "Prevention & Recovery" newsletter is now available for download. The theme for this issue is entitled, "The Wisdom of Investing in Native Youth" within American Indian/Alaska Native communities.

Download the Winter 2014 issue of the quarterly newsletter Prevention & Recovery: A Multi-Agency Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Collaboration (PDF | 1.16 MB).

Visit the Prevention & Recovery Archive for past issues.

Featured Resources

Alaska Native Organization Co-Management Funding Program
Department of Commerce

Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NMFS-AK-2014-2003984
Posted Date: January 21, 2014
Application Deadline: April 7, 2014

FY 2014 Drug-Free Communities Mentoring Program

Posted Date: March 7, 2014
Application Deadline: April 23, 2014

SAMHSA Fiscal Year 2014 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals - Services in Supportive Housing (GBHI-SSH)

Application Website:
Posted Date: March 7, 2014
Application Deadline: April 25, 2014

AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants FY 2014

Application Website:
Application Deadline: April 30, 2014

BJA FY 14 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program

Funding Opportunity: BJA-2014-3822
Posted Date: March 10, 2014
Application Deadline: May 6, 2014

Technical Assistance Program Fiscal Year 2014

Funding Opportunity: TAP-2014
Posted Date: October 18, 2013
Application Deadline: June 2, 2014

Alcohol Education Project Grants (R25)

Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-11-205
Posted Date: Apr 20, 2011
Original Closing Date: May 7, 2014
Application Deadline: May 7, 2014

Alcohol Research Resource Awards (R24)

Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-13-319
Posted Date: Aug 6, 2013
Original Closing Date: Sep 7, 2016
Application Deadline: Sep 7, 2016

Comprehensive List of Indian Education Grant Programs

Comprehensive List of Indian Education Grant Programs [PDF 328KB]

Working Effectively with Tribal Governments

Featured Resource: Working with Tribal Governments TrainingThis training curriculum along with several resources has been developed to provide federal employees with skills and knowledge they can use to work more effectively with tribal governments.

Learn more about working effectively with tribal governments.

CultureCard: A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness

Featured Resource: CultureCardThe Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse' current featured resource is "CultureCard: A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness". It is intended to enhance cultural competence when serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Covers regional differences; cultural customs; spirituality; communications styles; the role of veterans and the elderly, and health disparities, such as suicide.

You can download this free document by visiting the SAMHSA publications store.


Last updated: 03/24/2014