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Publications and Resources

Find publications and resources developed by SAMHSA’s federal partners that tribes can use to help build a tribal action plan (TAP).

Federal Resources

The following is a list of publications and resources developed by SAMHSA’s partnering agencies that may help you develop a tribal action plan (TAP).

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Department of Commerce (DOC)

Department of the Interior (DOI)

  • The Crime-Reduction Best Practices Handbook: Making Indian Communities Safe, 2012 (PDF | 16 MB) is based on the Office of Justice Services’ successful deployment of its 2010 High Priority Performance Goal initiative, which aimed to reduce violent crime by at least 5% over 24 months on four reservations experiencing high rates of violent crime. Those reservations include Rocky Boy’s in Montana, Mescalero in New Mexico, Wind River in Wyoming, and Standing Rock in North and South Dakota. The effort resulted in a 35% drop in violent crime across the four sites. This was achieved by implementing a comprehensive strategy involving community policing, tactical deployment, and critical interagency and intergovernmental partnerships. The handbook is a compendium of best practices from that strategy. It is intended to guide law enforcement entities in Indian country. It includes strategies that worked as well as those that didn’t, and offers information ranging from general approaches to detailed plans for reducing crime.
  • The Tribal Leaders Directory contains a complete list of the 566 federally recognized tribes.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Administration for Children & Families

  • The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and its National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth work to end youth homelessness, teen pregnancy, and family violence. The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth provides free, educational information for the family and youth workforce—including FYSB grantees and aspiring grantees—about research and effective practices that can improve the long-term social and emotional well-being of families and youth.
  • Information provided by the FYSB and its National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth includes tips for reaching out to Native American Youth.
  • The Tribal Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) promotes proven and culturally appropriate methods for reducing adolescent pregnancy, delaying sexual activity among youths, and increasing condom use and other contraceptives among sexually active youth in Native communities. Programs follow design guidelines similar to those of State PREP, but are specially designed to honor tribal needs, traditions, and cultures. Discretionary grants are available to tribes to combat the disproportionately high rates of teen pregnancy and birth.

SAMHSA Resources

Department of Justice (DOJ)

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)

  • Indian Country Justice Statistics helps support tribal participation in national records and information systems.
  • Publications and Products on Jails in Indian Country includes findings from surveys of jails, confinement facilities, detention centers, and other correctional facilities operated by tribal authorities or the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs.
  • Tribal Crime Data Collection Activities, 2012 (PDF | 1.6 MB) describes activities supporting BJS’s tribal crime data collection system and summarizes findings and program enhancements between 2008 and 2012.
  • Tribal Law Enforcement provides information about tribally operated agencies’ public safety services. This includes responding to calls, engaging in crime prevention activities, executing arrest warrants, enforcing traffic laws, serving court papers, providing court security, and carrying out search and rescue operations. Findings are based on the 2008 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

Other DOJ Reports

Other Resources

Last Updated: 12/02/2015