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)
- The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) Applicant Training and Technical Assistance, in collaboration with regional training and technical assistance providers, implements three types of services to prospective applicants across the United States and the Pacific territories:
- Project planning and development training
- Pre-application training
- Pre-application electronic technical assistance
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 the Clearinghouse 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)
- The Indian Police Academy handles registration for all Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Office of Justice Services (OJS) training programs for law enforcement and courts. Training programs, webinars, and other resources can be found at the website for Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC)-Artesia, New Mexico.
- DOI University and the National Indian Programs Training Center provide programs designed for Native American tribal governmental and supportive services training programs.
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 Healing to Wellness Court Program, 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.
Bureau of Justice Assistance
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) helps to make American communities safer by strengthening the nation's criminal justice system: Its grants, training and technical assistance, and policy development services provide state, local, and tribal governments with the cutting-edge tools and best practices they need to reduce violent and drug-related crime, support law enforcement, and combat victimization.
Through the Department of Justice Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), BJA administers site-based awards to tribes that address the range of adult tribal justice system needs that they identify. BJA continues to engage in planning with the other Department grant-making components that are a part of CTAS to explore ways to streamline the application process and to better serve the needs of the field. To ensure the success of these investments, BJA partners with experts to offer intensive training and technical assistance (TTA) to assess their capacity and support effective and sustainable implementation of the funded projects. BJA’s TTA partners also provide information, training, and tools that are available to all federally recognized tribes to ensure that BJA offers assistance to tribes seeking support to enhance their justice system capacity and to increase their potential for accessing funding under Department of Justice grant opportunities.
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
The 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. The following training and technical assistance providers assist OVC in supporting the training and technical assistance needs of AI/AN communities that receive funding from OVC through a variety of grant programs, including Purpose Area 6 (Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities) of DOJ’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) and the Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside.
- The Office for Victims of Crime Tribal Financial Management Center (OVC TFMC) provides data-informed, culturally humble, victim-centered training and technical assistance (TTA) and resources to support American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities as they successfully manage the financial aspects of their federal awards. TFMC offers targeted virtual and onsite TTA, a Virtual Support Center, collaborative needs assessments, innovative programming and robust curriculum including Financial Policies and Procedures Guide Sheets to enhance existing financial management and support grantee award implementation. Available assistance spans the life cycle of an OJP award—from application preparation to award acceptance, and ultimately the effective financial implementation, management, and reporting. Financial specialists are uniquely trained, and qualified to meet the diverse, and varied needs of tribal grantees.
- The OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) provides information and tools to support the efforts of tribal victim advocates, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and others to develop a victim-centered response to crime victims in tribal communities.
- The OVC Human Trafficking Capacity Building Center offers customized coaching to assist with starting, supporting, or growing anti-trafficking work. The Center’s no-cost human trafficking support is intended to provide immediate and sustainable benefits to tribes with minimal demands on their time.
The Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)
The Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) provides states, territories, and certain federally recognized tribes with guidance, technical assistance, and training regarding the implementation of Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, also known as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) (PDF | 283 KB).
Federally recognized Indian tribes are entitled to elect whether to carry out the sex offender registration and notification requirements of SORNA or delegate the functions to the state(s) in which the tribal land is located.
SMART’s “Guide to SORNA Implementation in Indian Country” provides a comprehensive overview of SORNA’s requirements and serves as a job aid for sex offender registration personnel in Indian Country. SMART also runs the National Sex Offender Public Website to assist tribes with community safety efforts and created the Tribe and Territory Sex Offender Registry System to assist with the technical components of implementing SORNA requirements. SMART is also the original funder and a key partner in the Department of Justice’s Tribal Access Program, which allows tribes to enter and exchange data across the DOJ’s crime information systems and other national databases.
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
- American Probation and Parole Association
- Education Development Center (EDC)
- National Criminal Justice Training Center at Fox Valley
- National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC)
Domestic and Sexual Violence Crimes
- Institute for Native Justice (INJ)
- Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition
- Red Wing Consulting
- Southwest Center for Law and Policy (SWCLAP)
Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse
- National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (National DEC)
- National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) at Fox Valley Technical College
- Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Training and Technical Assistance Center at Brandeis University
- Strategic Applications International (SAI)
- Center for Evidence-based Policy (CEP) at Oregon Health & Science University
- National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
- National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA)
Juvenile Delinquency Prevention and Justice
- Amber Alert in Indian Country- The AMBER Alert in Indian Country Website provides integrated, ‘one-stop’ access to training, technical assistance and child protection resources for Tribal law enforcement, public safety professionals and others in the community working with issues surrounding endangered, missing and abducted children.
- Tribal Youth Resource Center- provides federally recognized tribes with training and technical assistance (TTA) through a variety of approaches including consultation through e-mails, telephone calls, and site visits as well as peer-to-peer dialogue and training, including teleconferences and Web-based discussions. Topics addressed include:
- capacity building
- culturally based approaches to prevention and intervention
- program implementation
- enhancement of tribal court systems
- strategic planning
- youth issues, including gangs and youth leadership
- community readiness assessments
- cultural adaptation to evidence based programs and practices
- trauma-informed care
The Tribal Law and Policy Institute, along with their partner the National Native Children's Trauma Center provides TTA to OJJDP tribal grantees and all federally recognized tribes to increase tribal communities' skills and knowledge about programs and strategies, building capacity to develop effective and sustainable programs for reducing juvenile crime and increasing youth potential in tribal communities.
- The Resource Basket, a program of the Rural Alaska Community Action Program (RurAL CAP), aims to build the capacity of the Alaska Native tribal community and youth-serving organizations that nurture positive youth development and support strength-based and data-driven juvenile approaches. The Resource Basket also provides Alaska-specific TTA to Alaska-based OJJDP grantees. The Resource Basket’s mission is to support Alaska Native communities and service providers as they grow healthy, successful and culturally connected Alaska Native Youth.
- National Gang Center- The NGC is an integral component of the Justice Department’s mission to provide innovative leadership in coordination with federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems to prevent and reduce crime. The NGC disseminates information, knowledge, and outcome‐driven practices that engage and empower those in local communities with chronic and emerging gang problems to create comprehensive solutions to prevent gang violence, reduce gang involvement, and suppress gang‐related crime.
- National Mentoring Resource Center- The NMRC’s goal is to improve the quality and effectiveness of youth mentoring across the country through increased use of evidence-based practices and sharing practitioner innovations.
Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act
Tribal Civil and Criminal Legal Assistance
- American Probation and Parole Association (APPA)
- National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA)
- Center for Court Innovation
- National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)
- The National Tribal Judicial Center at The National Judicial College
- Tribal Judicial Institute at the University of North Dakota School of Law
- Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI)