Behavioral Health

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Behavioral health care refers to an integrated, interdisciplinary system of care related to mental health and substance use disorders that approaches individuals, families, and communities as a whole and addresses the interactions between psychological, biological, sociocultural, and environmental factors.

The National Indian Health Board’s (NIHB) Behavioral Health program strives to support the development of programs that respect culture and Tribal sovereignty, and promote the balance between the mind, body, heart and spirit. In keeping with this focus, NIHB brings Tribal governments timely information to support health care policy analysis and decision-making.


Posted: March 7, 2013

Request for HHS SAMHSA TTAC Nominations

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces vacancies for membership on SAMHSA’s Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC). SAMHSA is soliciting recommendations and nominations to serve on this committee as the primary delegate for the geographic IHS areas that have an open seat. Those selected will serve a two year term. The vacancies open for nomination are:

  1. Aberdeen: vacant
  2. Nashville: vacant
  3. Oklahoma: vacant
  4. Phoenix: vacant
  5. Portland: vacant
  6. 1 National At-Large Member

Additional information about the TTAC can be found at:

Submission Process:
Submit a completed nomination form (below), a nomination letter from the tribe and/or IHS Area office, and bio for the nominee. Please submit your nomination letter no later than March 29, 2013. Selection and notification will be made by April 26, 2013.

Nomination Form (PDF)

You can mail your nomination to:
Sheila Cooper, Senior Advisor for Tribal Affairs
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 8-1055
Rockville, Maryland 20857
Email: [email protected]

Current Programs Include:

The Methamphetamine Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) is a nationally coordinated demonstration program, focused on providing much needed, targeted methamphetamine and suicide prevention and intervention resources for Indian Country. This initiative promotes the development of evidence- based, practiced- based and promising practice models. These models represent culturally appropriate prevention and treatment approaches from a community driven context. To learn more about the MSPI communities please follow the link below:

Click here to view Methamphetamine Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) page

Or visit

National Behavioral Health Committees, Boards, and Workgroups

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Tribal Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC)

National Tribal Advisory Committee on Behavioral Health (NTAC) within the Indian Health Service (IHS)


National Resources

Tribal Specific Resources

Current Prevention and Treatment Practices implemented in the MSPI


Behavioral Health Inquiries:

Robert Foley, M.Ed.
Acting Director of Public Health Programs

National Indian Health Board
910 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Phone: 202-355-5494
Washington, DC 20003
[email protected]


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