Tribal Affairs and Policy
The Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy (OTAP) serves as SAMHSA’s primary point of contact for tribal governments, tribal organizations, federal departments and agencies, and other governments and organizations on behavioral health issues facing American Indians and Alaska Natives. SAMHSA’s efforts reflect a commitment to upholding the federal government’s historical and unique legal relationship with American Indian tribes through consultation, outreach, education, and engagement.
Provide efficient and effective delivery of resources and services to ensure that American Indians and Alaska Natives have access to prevention, treatment, and recovery support services that reflect the best of modern science and traditional cultural practices.
The SAMHSA TTAC membership is comprised of 14 elected Tribal leaders from federally recognized Tribes. The SAMHSA TTAC provides a venue wherein Tribal leadership and SAMHSA staff can exchange information about public health issues, identify urgent mental health and substance abuse needs, and discuss collaborative approaches to addressing these behavioral health issues and needs.
The Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse (OIASA) and its federal partners coordinates a federal response to substance misuse among Native people.
The TAP coordinates resources and programs to help tribes achieve their goals for preventing and treating substance use disorders.
Before any action is taken that will significantly affect Indian Tribes, it is the SAMHSA policy that consultation with Indian Tribes will occur to the extent practicable and permitted by law. The SAMHSA Tribal Consultation Policy establishes a process to ensure meaningful and timely input by Indian Tribes in the development of policies that have tribal implications.
Assistance for tribal communities to develop and implement community-based prevention plans to reduce violence, bullying, and suicide among American Indian and Alaska Native youth.
Get the latest announcements on SAMHSA’s efforts to address substance use among Native people. Access the latest news, upcoming events, funding opportunities and more.
SAMHSA worked with tribal leaders, the Indian Health Service, and the National Indian Health Board to develop The National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda (TBHA). The TBHA is a blueprint for collaborative action by tribes, federal partners, states, and other stakeholders on five foundational elements.
Related SAMHSA Resources
- American Indians and Alaska Natives Publications
- Treatment Improvement Protocol 61: Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives
- Grants Management
- Evidence-Based Resource Center
- Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
- Trauma and Violence
- "Talk. They Hear You."® Campaign
- Drug-Free Workplace Programs
- Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
- Behavioral Health Equity
- Partnerships for Equity
- 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline