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Learn more about actionable resources addressing alcohol and substance use disorders in Indian country.


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Learn more about Indian education grant programs (PDF | 328 KB).

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The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

NREPP is a searchable online registry of mental health and substance abuse interventions that have been reviewed and rated by independent reviewers. The purpose of this registry is to assist the public in identifying approaches to preventing and treating mental and/or substance use disorders that have been scientifically tested and that can be readily disseminated to the field. NREPP is one way that SAMHSA is working to improve access to information on tested interventions and thereby reduce the lag time between the creation of scientific knowledge and its practical application in the field.

NREPP can be a first step to promoting informed decision-making. The information in NREPP intervention summaries is intended to help you determine whether a particular intervention may meet your needs.

Direct conversations with intervention developers and others listed as contacts are advised before making any decisions regarding selection or implementation of an intervention.

Below are the links of two Native American interventions, among others, found in NREPP for your review:

Again, you are encouraged to search through the registry to determine whether a particular intervention may meet your needs.

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Working Effectively with Tribal Governments

Working Effectively with Tribal GovernmentsThis training curriculum along with several resources has been developed to provide federal employees with skills and knowledge they can use to work more effectively with tribal governments.

In this course, you will develop an understanding and awareness of tribal issues and concerns. You will learn how the unique status of Indian tribes and their historical relationship with the federal government affects government programs, responsibilities, and initiatives.

You will also learn about the integral role of federal Indian policy in all aspects of working with tribal governments.

To work effectively with tribes, you should be aware of not only historical and legal issues, but cultural factors as well. This course will also touch on some of these cultural factors.

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CultureCard: A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness

 A Guide to Build Cultural AwarenessThe Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse’s current featured resource is CultureCard: A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness. It is intended to enhance cultural competence when serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The resource covers:

  • Regional differences
  • Cultural customs
  • Spirituality
  • Communication styles
  • The role of veterans and the elderly
  • Health disparities, such as suicide

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Other Resources

The Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) of 2010 was passed to give SAMHSA and its federal partners new tools to better address alcohol and substance use disorders in tribal communities. The law is also designed to improve justice systems in those communities. Find links to the TLOA text and other related documents.

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Last Updated: 08/05/2016