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National Native Youth Network

As part of the President's "Generation Indigenous" initiative, the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute (CNAY) is launching a national native youth network to provide a sustainable platform to reach out, engage, and provide educational and economic opportunities for Native youth. The network will focus on support for attainment of higher education, entrepreneurship training, mentoring, and creating a platform to integrate Native youth voices into the national dialogue. Learn more about the National Native Youth Network.

FY 2015 DFC Applicant Workshops

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program is a Federal grant program that provides funding to community-based coalitions that organize to prevent youth substance use. The FY 2015 DFC Request for Applications (RFA) was released in January 2015. Community coalitions interested in applying for the DFC Program are encouraged to attend a workshop. These workshops are not mandatory in order to apply for this grant. Register for these workshops at the Drug Free Communities site. If an applicant is unable to travel to a workshop, a recorded version will be posted to the DFC website by the mid-January 2015. The video can be found on the DFC page.

IHS Announces Launch of New Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program Website

The Indian Health Service, Division of Behavioral Health is pleased to announce the launch of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) website. The ASAP’s objective is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of alcohol and substance abuse among the American Indian and Alaska Native population. Explore the ASAP site.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit

The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit is a clearinghouse of resources to support law enforcement agencies in establishing a naloxone program. In the toolkit you will find answers to frequent questions about naloxone and sample documents and templates, such as data collection forms, standard operating procedures, training materials, press releases, community outreach materials, and memoranda of agreement (MOA) between first responders and medical directors. Learn more about the Naloxone Toolkit.

White House Tribal Nations Conference – Fact Sheet

On December 2-3, 2014, the White House hosted the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, DC. Tribal Leaders from the 566 federally-recognized Native nations engaged with the President, cabinet officials, and the White House Council on Native American Affairs on key issues facing tribes including respecting tribal sovereignty and upholding treaty and trust responsibilities, lack of access to capital and credit, and protecting Native women and youth. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Administrator Pam Hyde co-moderated a breakout session entitled, “Promoting Healthy Communities: Addressing Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues. The session was dedicated to receiving comments and responding to questions from tribal representatives on behavioral health topics and included brief introductory comments from USG officials. Please see the fact sheet for information on new initiatives that the President is launching including a White House Tribal Youth Gathering that will build on the 2014 SAMHSA Native Youth Conference.

Fall 2014 Prevention and Recovery Newsletter!

The Fall 2014 issue of the Prevention & Recovery newsletter is now available for download. The theme for this issue is entitled, "Celebrating Recovery in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities".

SAMHSA Announces New Tribal Affairs Office

On Friday, August 8, 2014 Administrator Pam Hyde announced the creation of SAMHSA’s new Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy (OTAP). This new office will serve as SAMHSA’s primary point of contact for tribal governments, tribal organizations, federal departments and agencies, and other governments and agencies on behavioral health issues facing American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) in the United States. Establishing OTAP will support SAMHSA's efforts to advance development and implementation of data-driven policies and innovative practices that promote improved behavioral health for AI/AN communities and populations. OTAP will bring together SAMHSA's tribal affairs, tribal policy, tribal consultation, tribal advisory, and Tribal Law and Order Act responsibilities to improve agency coordination and meaningful progress.

IHS Launches Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative Website

The Indian Health Service, Division of Behavioral Health is pleased to announce the launch of the Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) website. The MSPI is a nationally-coordinated demonstration project, focusing on providing much-needed methamphetamine and suicide prevention and intervention resources for Indian Country.

Director of SAMHSA’s Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Discusses Underage Drinking Prevention in Indian Country

Rod Robinson discusses how the new “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign materials will help parents and adult caregivers address underage drinking within tribal communities. Learn more about the “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign.

New Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Focuses on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)

SAMHSA announced its latest entry in the TIP series in June 2014. TIP 58: Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) highlights the importance of preventing alcohol-exposed pregnancies and recognizes the unique needs of individuals in treatment who may have been exposed to alcohol before they were born.

The Indian Health Service (IHS) Announces New Pain Management Website

IHS physicians and pharmacists developed the Pain Management website for the National Combined Council’s Prescription Drug Abuse Work Group. The website assists IHS clinical personnel in providing care to patients with chronic, non-malignant pain. It is also a rich resource for clinical administrators as well as front-line clinical staff.

Nearly $3 Million Transferred from Land Buy-Back Program to Cobell Education Scholarship Fund

The Department of the Interior announced in July 2014 that $2.9 million has been transferred to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund. Authorized by the historic Cobell Settlement, the scholarship fund provides financial assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native students who wish to pursue post-secondary education and training.

Call for Applications for the Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies Pilot Project

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Labor, the Council of State Governments Justice Center is accepting applications from jurisdictions interested in becoming pilot sites. These sites will test the strategies outlined in the Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness (PDF | 2.41 MB) white paper. Letters of interest must be submitted by August 15, 2014.

Indian Health Service (IHS) Youth Regional Treatment Center (YRTC) Website Launches

IHS Division of Behavioral Health announces the launch of the IHS 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.

SAMHSA’s Native American Underage Drinking Prevention Video

Using youth and adult testimonials, Critical Dialogue with Native Youth about Underage Drinking: Our Culture is Prevention 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.

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.

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.

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Last Updated: 01/27/2015