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Download the Winter 2015 Issue of the Prevention & Recovery Newsletter

The Winter 2015 issue of the Prevention & Recovery Newsletter (PDF | 894 KB) is now available for download. The theme for this issue is “Engaging and Empowering Native Youth Leaders.” As a result of the SAMHSA 2014 Native Youth Conference and the White House Generation Indigenous initiative, the newsletter has added a new section entitled the “Native Youth Perspective.” This section provides a platform for Native youth to discuss their views as it relates to the theme of each quarterly newsletter. The next theme of the newsletter will be “Native Youth Today: Bridging the Gap Between Traditional and Modern Day Practices.” If you are a Native youth between the ages of 14-24 and would like to submit an article, please send it to or call (240) 276-2432.

White House Tribal Youth Gathering

On Thursday, July 9, 2015, the White House will host the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, DC. The event will be an opportunity for American Indian and Alaska Native youth to interact directly with senior administration officials and the White House Council on Native American Affairs. This collaboration between the White House and Unity Inc. will continue to build upon President Obama’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative and his commitment to improve the lives of Native youth across the country. Youth who complete the Gen-I Native Youth Challenge will be eligible to register for a chance to attend the upcoming White House Tribal Youth Gathering.

Tribal Action Plan (TAP) Portal Learning Community

On behalf of the Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Interdepartmental Coordinating Committee and the Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse, you are cordially invited to register for the TAP Portal Learning Community. The TAP Portal provides information on TAP development, funding opportunities, trainings, webinars and technical assistance for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The goal of the TAP Portal is to assist tribes in developing TAPs which will serve as comprehensive strategic plans to address alcohol and substance issues within tribal communities. According to the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-211) (TLOA), the law requires the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of the Interior, and the Department of Justice to coordinate resources and programs to assist Indian tribes, as defined at 25 U.S.C. § 2403(3), “to achieve their goals in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of alcohol and substance abuse.”

There is a need to align, leverage, and coordinate Federal efforts and resources at multiple levels within each agency. This alignment will enable comprehensive alcohol and substance abuse services and programs for AI/AN individuals, families, and communities. Therefore, the federal partners will assist tribes in the development of a TAP to coordinate resources and programs relevant to alcohol and substance abuse prevention and treatment and will “enter into an agreement with the Tribe for the implementation of the Tribal Action Plan.”

In addition to registering for the site, learn more about TAP. If you have questions, feel free to contact Michael Koscinski at (240) 276-2486 or Federal partners are committed to strengthening their relationships with tribes by sharing and disseminating information in a streamlined fashion.

HHS announces $1 million in New Grant Programs to Help Improve Sharing of Health Information

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Karen B. DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., announced today the availability of $1 million in grant funds to support community projects for the Community Interoperability Health Information Exchange (HIE) Program. The funding will help support and enable the flow of health information at the community level, leading to better care and better health. The Community Interoperability and HIE program will provide funds to up to 10 community organizations, state or local government agencies, or other community groups. The awards will help unlock health information and better integrate community resources advancing better care and healthier communities.

Prevention & Recovery Newsletter

Prevention & Recovery: A Multi-Agency Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Collaboration is a quarterly publication highlighting prevention practices and success stories in Indian country. It is designed to provide tools, resources, and information to prevent and address issues of alcohol and drug use disorders in tribal communities.

Winter 2015 (PDF | 894 KB): This issue's theme is "Engaging and Empowering Native Youth Leaders."

Fall 2014 (PDF | 2 MB): This issue's theme is "Celebrating Recovery in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities."

Spring 2014 (PDF | 1.21 MB): This issue’s theme is "Strengthening Federal-Tribal Partnerships."

Winter 2014 (PDF | 1.16 MB): This issue’s theme is “The Wisdom of Investing in Native Youth” within American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Download previous issues of Prevention & Recovery.

Last Updated: 05/15/2015