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Training and Technical Assistance

Find training and technical assistance resources from SAMHSA and its partners that can help tribes build a Tribal Action Plan (TAP).

The Tribal Action Plan (TAP) helps tribes bring together resources to prevent and treat alcohol and substance abuse disorders in their communities. The SAMHSA Inventory/Resources workgroup prepared the following list of federal training and technical assistance services to help tribes as they develop a TAP.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

Services are free for prospective applicants. Access the ANA’s Training and Technical Assistance Regions Map to find a technical assistance center close to you.

  • The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth works to end youth homelessness, teen pregnancy, and family violence. Its mission is to educate 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. The Clearinghouse publishes more than 250 articles, podcasts, and videos each year about interesting and innovative work going on in the field.

To learn more, contact the Clearinghouse or subscribe to its e-newsletter. If you’re looking for tips on how to get your own ideas off the ground, access the Guide to Starting a Youth Program.

  • The National Center on Tribal Child Care Implementation and Innovation (NTC) helps tribal grantees administer and implement child care and development fund programs. NTC activities, expertise, and resources support Indian tribes and tribal organizations in their efforts to increase the quality, affordability, and availability of child care in Native American communities. Targeted technical assistance services support more than 539 federally recognized tribes, either directly or through tribal consortia. These services include a toll-free information and referral line; development and dissemination of publications and resources; a peer learning and leadership network; national and regional webinars and other in-person and distance-learning technical assistance events; onsite and remote consultations with program administrators; and promotion of tribal-state collaboration and linkages between states, tribes, and local early childhood and school-age care education programs.
  • The Early Childhood National Centers for Training and Technical Assistance promote excellence through high-quality, practical resources and approaches. They are designed to build early childhood program capacity and promote consistent practices across communities, states, tribes, and territories. These centers bring together the knowledge and skills from Head Start, child care, and our health partners across HHS.

Health Research and Services Administration (HRSA)

  • The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program is a competitive federal program that awards scholarships to students in return for a commitment to provide care in underserved communities. The program pays tuition and fees and provides a living stipend to students enrolled in accredited medical (M.D. or D.O.), dental, nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, or physician assistant training. Upon graduation, scholarship recipients serve as primary care providers between two and four years in a community-based site in a high-need health professional shortage area (HPSA) that has applied to and been approved by the NHSC as a service site. Awards are made to applicants most committed to serving underserved people and most likely to build successful careers in HPSAs and meet future needs for care throughout the nation.

Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Behavioral Health

  • The Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) Evaluation Toolkit combines onscreen lessons, interactive exercises, and tools to help programs carry out evaluation efficiently using local resources. The toolkit is flexible enough to be used with all types of programs.
  • The IHS Telebehavioral Health Center of Excellence (TBHCE) was developed through support from the IHS Division of Behavioral Health and a partnership with the University of New Mexico Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health. TBHCE’s mission is to provide, promote, and support the delivery of high quality, culturally competent telebehavioral health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives when they are needed. To accomplish this mission, TBHCE focuses on three areas: clinical services, provider education, and telehealth support.
  • IHS has funded the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) to develop, deliver, and evaluate in-person and web-based training related to the identification, collection, and preservation of medical forensic evidence obtained during the treatment of victims of sexual and domestic violence. The Tribal Forensic Healthcare Training Project provides training for sexual assault examiners, pediatric sexual abuse examiners, sexual assault clinical skills development, pediatric sexual abuse clinical skills development, domestic violence examiners, and domestic violence awareness. Web-based trainings are archived and available to allow medical professionals to acquire and maintain the knowledge, skills, and competent clinical forensic practice to improve the response to domestic and sexual violence in hospitals, health clinics, and health stations within the Indian health system.

Office of Minority Health (OMH)

  • The OMH Resource Center has established an initiative called the Higher Education Technical Assistance Project (HE-TAP). HE-TAP was created to strengthen the ability of U.S. colleges and universities to secure resources and build partnerships that enhance their efforts to address community health issues and workforce development, and further academic research. HE-TAP targets institutions of higher education, including tribal colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions. The initiative also provides resources to connect both faculty and students with current data, information, lessons learned, funding opportunities, resource references, and university grant writing trainings.


  • The SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center provides comprehensive, focused, and intensive training and technical assistance to federally recognized tribes and other American Indian and Alaska Native communities. It seeks to promote mental health and address and prevent suicide and mental and substance use disorders. The Tribal TTA Center’s goal is to use a culturally relevant, evidence-based, holistic approach to support native communities in their self-determination efforts through infrastructure development, capacity building, and program planning and implementation.
  • The National American Indian & Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) is a nationwide, multi-disciplinary resource for professionals in the addictions treatment and recovery services field. The ATTC Network raises awareness of evidence-based and promising treatment and recovery practices, builds skills to prepare the workforce to deliver state-of-the-art addictions treatment and recovery services, and changes practice by incorporating these new skills into everyday use to improve addictions treatment and recovery outcomes.
  • The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) provides technical assistance on substance abuse issues in the child welfare population. Assistance is available to national, state, tribal, and local agencies and individuals. A key feature of NCSACW’s efforts is assistance in developing the cross-system partnerships and practice changes needed to address the issues of substance use disorders among families in the child welfare system. These services are free. NCSACW is an HHS initiative and jointly funded by the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect within the Administration for Children & Families’ Children’s Bureau.

Department of the Interior (DOI)

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

Department of Justice (DOJ)

Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

DOJ Office of Justice Programs (OJP) training and technical assistance services are available to the juvenile and criminal justice field, as well as to victim service providers.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 authorized the creation of the DOJ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), recognizing the central role of training and technical assistance in the national effort to reduce youth crime and improve the juvenile justice system. OJJDP provides training and technical assistance to thousands of juvenile justice practitioners, policymakers, and constituents each year through a network of approximately 60 service providers.

The OJJDP TTA Network (NTTAC) provides a variety of capacity building services intended to improve knowledge and skills, increase collaboration, improve infrastructure, improve coordinated response efforts, and allow practitioners to better serve children. NTTAC provides numerous services ranging from information dissemination, to online and classroom trainings, to individualized onsite services.

OJJDP also administers the Tribal Youth Program and the Tribal Juvenile Accountability Discretionary Grants (T-JADG), both of which support tribal efforts to improve juvenile justice systems for American Indian and Alaska Native youth. All federally recognized tribes are eligible to apply for these grants. To date, more than 200 individual tribes and 350 grantees have received critical funding through these programs through annual congressional appropriation. OJJDP offers all grantees and tribes training and technical assistance to support program planning, enhancement, implementation, and evaluation around juvenile justice services.

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

The DOJ Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) provides resources and coordination to increase American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities’ ability to provide comprehensive and culturally appropriate services to victims, their families, and the community. The OVC AI/AN Training and Technical Assistance Program uses a victim-centered approach, designed to foster dignity and spiritual, mental, and physical health. Training and technical assistance providers assist OVC in supporting the training and technical assistance needs of AI/AN communities that receive grant funds from OVC, including Purpose Area 6 (Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities) and Purpose Area 7 (Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program) of DOJ’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), and the OVC Vision 21 Community Wellness Centers solicitation.

The OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) provides comprehensive training, technical assistance, and other support to help the field build its collective capacity to serve crime victims.

Partner Programs and Providers

Learn about the many DOJ-supported training programs and service providers in the following areas:

Corrections, Alternatives to Incarceration, and Reentry

Domestic and Sexual Violence Crimes

Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Information Sharing

Intergovernmental Collaboration

Juvenile Delinquency Prevention and Justice

OJJDP Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center
Indian Country Child Trauma Center
940 NE 13th Street, Nicholson Tower, 4N, 4900
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Or send an email to or call 405-271-8858.

Law Enforcement

Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act

Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance

Tribal Courts

Victim Services

Last Updated: 09/09/2019