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The Native Youth Educational Services Workgroup provides information about programs and resources that address substance use disorders among Native youth.

The Native Youth Educational Services Workgroup, part of the Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Interdepartmental Coordinating Committee, serves as a resource to tribes and Indian Country. It includes:

  • A chair from the Department of the Interior (DOI)
  • A co-chair from SAMHSA
  • Members from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), DOI, Department of Justice, and Department of Education

The workgroup continues to gather and organize youth-focused information. Email suggestions, such as educational opportunities, youth-focused conferences, and judicial resources, to Kim Beniquez, public health advisor, at

The workgroup updates and maintains a Prevention and Education support document (PDF | 360 KB).

Federal Resources

  • Stop Underage Drinking provides federal resources on underage drinking and ideas for addressing this issue.
  • includes information to create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. It includes youth facts, funding information, and tools to help assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest youth-related news.

Department of Education


Several SAMHSA grants, programs, campaigns, and technical assistance centers offer youth-focused resources:

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment describes the use of medications, in combination with behavioral therapy, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) improves awareness, treatment, and services for youth and families affected by child trauma.
  • The Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings. The Resource Center contains a collection of scientifically-based resources for a broad range of audiences, including Treatment Improvement Protocols, toolkits, resource guides, clinical practice guidelines, and other science-based resources.
  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for people with substance use disorders or who are at risk of developing these disorders.
  • The Synar program monitors state compliance with the Synar Amendment, which requires states to have laws in place prohibiting the sale and distribution of tobacco products to people under age of 18.
  • The Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center provides training and technical assistance on mental and substance use disorders and suicide prevention to federally recognized tribes, other American Indian and Alaska Native communities, SAMHSA tribal grantees, and organizations.

Non-federal Resources

Last Updated

Last Updated: 04/14/2022