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: 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.
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.