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Native Connections

Native Connections

Native Connections is a five-year grant program that helps American Indian and Alaska Native communities identify and address the behavioral health needs of Native youth.

Map showcasing all the grantee locations

For the full list of Native Connections grantees, view the Native Connections Briefing Sheet (PDF | 1.6 MB).

About the Native Connections Grant Program

The Native Connections grant program supports grantees in:

  • Reducing suicidal behavior and substance use among Native youth up to age 24
  • Easing the impacts of substance use, mental illness, and trauma in tribal communities
  • Supporting youth as they transition into adulthood

By June 2021, SAMHSA had awarded 242 five-year grants to eligible AI/AN entities. A total of 20 Cohort 1 grantees graduated from the grant in 2019, 69 Cohort 2 grantees graduated in 2021, 13 Cohort 3 grantees are entering their fifth year, 45 Cohort 4 grantees are entering their fourth year, 26 Cohort 5 grantees are entering their third year, and 40 Cohort 6 grantees are entering their second year. Twenty-nine communities were awarded grants in 2021, composing Cohort 7. Each Native Connections grantee will be guided through a process aimed at accomplishing the goals of the grant. Additional Native Connections grant opportunities will depend on the availability of funds. Any future opportunities will be posted on SAMHSA's Grant Announcements and Awards page.


Native Connections webinars guide grantees on how to assess community readiness, develop strategic action plans, and more. Access the webinars.

Publications and Resources

Review guides, tools, and other resources to support Native youth development efforts. Access publications and resources.

Training and Technical Assistance

Access the Training and Technical Assistance Section.

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Last Updated

Last Updated: 11/01/2022