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Get the latest announcements on SAMHSA’s efforts to address substance use among Native people. Access the the latest news, upcoming events and more.

Upcoming Events

April 25, 9am - 5pm ET

Information about the SAMHSA TTAC and the agenda for this meeting can be found on the SAMHSA website. During the meeting, SAMHSA TTAC delegates and SAMHSA leadership will discuss SAMHSA programs/initiatives and tribal behavioral health priorities.

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Members of the public are invited to attend and observe the hybrid meeting, but active participation is limited to TTAC delegates.

Review the TTAC Charter for more information on TTAC function, activities, and structure.

Dear Tribal Leader Letter: 2023 SAMHSA Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) Meeting (PDF | 269 KB)

Past Events

An Introduction webinar for SAMHSA TOR Grantees was hosted on December 8, 2022. In this webinar, presenters from the Opioid Response Network discuss technical assistance needs and processes for TOR grantees.

TOR Webinar: Introduction to the Opioid Response Network for TOR Grantees (44 minutes, 36 seconds)

The Summit brought together Tribes, Urban Indian Health Programs, and Tribal-serving organizations from across Region 7 to discuss behavioral health issues among Native communities.

Region 7 Tribal Behavioral Health Summit | GPBHC

SAMHSA Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) Informational Event for Future TTAC Delegates

On March 8, 2023, SAMHSA TTAC delegates and staff from the Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy met to learn about the vital work this group is doing regarding behavioral wellness. TTAC delegates are leaders in their tribes and regions and keep SAMHSA informed of behavioral health needs and concerns in Indian Country.

March 23, 2pm - 4pm ET

SAMHSA has been working with Tribal Leaders through our Tribal Technical Advisory Committee, those involved with the original TBHA development, and federal partners/colleagues to understand how the TBHA has been used to support Tribes and impact Tribal Behavioral Health. We have heard from Tribal Leaders that an update, including lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, is needed to ensure priorities and strategies of the TBHA continue to be reflective of tribal behavioral health. Please join us to discuss this important topic and to share thoughts into increasing visibility of the TBHA.

Objectives of the listening session:

  1. Discuss incorporating changes, like COVID 19, to the existing TBHA. 
  2. Explore new ways to leverage the TBHA for improved coordination and collaboration.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What lessons have you learned through COVID-19 that could be applied to an updated TBHA?
  2. Have you identified other topics or areas of the TBHA that need updated?
  3. How can information and resources within the TBHA best be shared and utilized?

Dear Tribal Leader Letter: Updating the National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda (PDF | 348 KB)

March 27, 12pm - 2pm ET

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold a tribal educator listening session on March 27, 2023, to gather tribal educator perspectives on implementing Section 1263 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, better known as the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act.

As SAMHSA/HHS and DEA continue to implement Section 1263 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, better known as the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act, SAMHSA and DEA seek views and perspectives from tribal educators on key OUD and other SUD training elements, particularly as it relates to tribally focused educational needs. This will help inform SAMHSA and DEA guidance and materials related to the implementation of MATE.

Objectives of the listening session:

  1. Elicit information concerning stakeholder views and perspectives on key opioid use disorders (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD) training elements, particularly as they pertain to tribally focused educational needs.
  2. Learn about existing OUD and other SUD-related educational and other training activities happening in Indian country, including by Tribal educational institutions.

Dear Tribal Leader Letter: Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act Listening Session (PDF | 271 KB)

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Last Updated: 03/29/2023