Following is a list of resources including previous articles in the newsletter over the years on American Indians and Alaska Natives. This population is included in many of SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives from
Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness to Data, Outcomes, and Quality.
To Live To See the Great Day That Dawns helps address the problem of suicide among Native young people. The guide was created to promote mental health. Many people participated in the development of this culturally appropriate publication, including tribal leaders, elders, youth, Plains Indians, Pueblos, Alaska Native villagers, the health sector, scientists, and tribal government officials. For a print copy, go to SAMHSA’s Store. The product number is SMA10-4480. Read the recent article in SAMHSA News.
“Culture Card: A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness: American Indian and Alaska Native”
This pocket-sized, fold-out resource offers a basic orientation for providers working with Native people. It features a list of myths and facts, a look at customs and regional and cultural variations, and a set of dos and don’ts. Order the card from SAMHSA. For an article about how the card was developed, see SAMHSA News online, March/April 2009.
Substance Use among American Indian or Alaska Native Adults
Recent data from SAMHSA indicate the rates of past-month binge alcohol use and illicit drug use were higher among American Indian or Alaska Native adults than the national averages. Read the full SAMHSA report.
American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Resource Kit: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
This kit gives statistics on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders among Amerian Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian populations. Includes education, prevention, and outreach strategies, tips for collaboration among agencies and organizations, two posters, and a CD. Available online only through the SAMHSA Store (SMA07-4264).
For all reports under the topic “American Indians and Alaska Natives,” visit the Center for Behavioral Health and Statistics and Quality.
From SAMHSA’s National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS), Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities Serving American Indians and Alaska Natives, examines the characteristics of the 335 identified facilities serving the AI/AN population in 2007.