Behavioral Health Alerts

Posted November 15, 2021

Indian Health Service Announces $46.4 Million in Funding for American Indian and Alaska Native Behavioral Health Programs

The Indian Health Service (IHS) has announced $46.4 million in funding opportunities for behavioral health services for American Indians and Alaska Natives. IHS stressed the importance of specific program focus areas for Indian Country, especially in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may pursue funding for substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention—including the Zero Suicide Initiative, domestic violence prevention and forensic healthcare services, and the Behavioral Health Integration Initiative (BH2I).

The application deadline for all six funding opportunities is February 2, 2022. The earliest anticipated start date is March 21, 2022.

For more information and for links to each funding opportunity, please see the official press release from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

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Posted: August 31, 2021

"Teen Dating Violence in Native Youth" Webinar Held

On March 31st, 2021 at 3:00pm EST, we held a webinar titled "Teen Dating Violence in Native Youth". The webinar and slides can be viewed below:

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Posted: March 8, 2021

National Indian Health Board Releases 2021 Legislative and Policy Agenda, Roadmap for Biden Administration

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) released its annual Legislative and Policy Agenda listing Tribal health-related administrative and legislative requests for 24 issues areas ranging from COVID-19 response and recovery and increased telehealth capacity to full funding for the Indian Health Service and improving water and sanitation infrastructure as an integral public health measure. The NIHB Board of Directors adopted the Agenda along with a Roadmap for the Biden Administration on February 26, 2021.

NIHB’s 2021 Legislative and Policy Agenda highlights that the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it a disproportionate impact on American Indian and Alaska Native people and illuminated many of the disparities Tribes experience, which have led to worse COVID-19 outcomes.

NIHB’s Roadmap for the Biden Administration to Advance American Indian and Alaska Native Health and Public Health focuses on six areas: Supporting the Government to Government Relationship, Supporting Tribal Sovereignty, Supporting Workforce Development, Studying and Addressing Long-Term Issues and Pressing Problems, and Advancing Legislative Priorities.

Read the full press release.

Posted: March 1, 2021

CDC's Dating Matters Toolkit | Veto Violence

The CDC’s Dating Matters is an evidence-based teen dating violence (TDV) prevention model that was developed to stop TDV before it starts. This model focuses on teaching 11- to 14-year-olds healthy relationship skills. The Dating Matters Toolkit provides individuals with trainings, implementation guidance, access to program materials and other resources to implement Dating Matters. This toolkit also offers programs for parents and youth as well as training for educators. To learn more on the Dating Matter Toolkit, click here.

Posted: February 10, 2021

SAMHSA's New Series of Advisories on Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published a new series of Advisories on substance use disorder treatment. These Advisories are based on existing Technical Assistance Publications (TAPs) and Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs). The 11 new Advisories summarize updated guidance and recommendations in the treatment field regarding substance use disorder (SUD). SAMHSA’s new Advisories published in January 2021 can be found here.

Posted: December 10, 2020

Webinar: Intimate Partner Violence Among Men in AI/AN Communities

View the webinar slides HERE

Watch the webinar video HERE

Posted: July 18, 2019

New Behavioral Health Provider Report Available

NIHB, in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, created this administrative tool to assist Tribes in both in making informed staffing decisions and in achieving full reimbursement for Medicaid services delivered. The report examines state Medicaid programs across the country to determine what behavioral health, substance abuse and addiction services are reimbursable. It also identifies which practitioners have been authorized to bill for those services (and what their educational and licensing requirements are). Wherever possible links to web-based Tribal Billing guides or other state resources are included.

The report can be found here.

Posted: March 29, 2019

TIP 61: Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives

TIP 61 provides behavioral health professionals with practical guidance about Native American history, historical trauma, and critical cultural perspectives in their work with American Indian and Alaska Native clients. The TIP discusses the demographics, social challenges, and behavioral health concerns of Native Americans. It highlights the importance of providers’ cultural awareness, cultural competence, and culture-specific knowledge. The TIP also helps administrators, program managers, and clinical supervisors foster a culturally responsive environment for American Indian and Alaska Native clients. Specific topic areas include workforce development strategies, program and professional development considerations, and culturally responsive policies and procedures.

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Posted: January 29, 2019

2019 American Indian and Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference

Deadline: Monday, February 11, 2019 by 11:59 pm ET

Albuquerque Convention Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
May 15-17, 2019

NIHB is proud to convene with various stakeholders across Indian Country who are improving behavioral health outcomes in American Indian /Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. NIHB encourages presentations highlighting evidence-based, best, or promising practices developed in and for Tribal communities. This year’s conference focuses on highlighting actions and tools that promote connections with culture, community, and knowing your purpose through the implementation of best practices.

NIHB invites proposals for presenters in the following five tracks:

  • Community-Based Behavioral Health Services
  • Sharing Traditional Best and Promising Practices
  • Behavioral Health Integration - Substance Use Disorders, Mental Health Disorders, Suicide Prevention
  • Behavioral Health Workforce Innovation
  • Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) and Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) Grantee Track

Click here for more information and to submit your proposal!

Posted: January 29, 2019

Call for Proposals for Behavioral Health Poster Session

Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET

NIHB invites Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) and Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) grantees, Tribal behavioral health experts, public health professionals, advocates, researchers, community-based providers, and others to submit proposals to highlight the accomplishments of their programs at the American Indian and Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference, in Albuquerque, NM, May 15-17, 2019. The Poster Session is a great way for success stories to be heard by a large audience of Tribal leaders, Tribal behavioral health professionals, health experts, public health professionals, federal employees, advocates, researchers and community-based providers as well as share program ideas with others.

Click here for more information and to submit your proposal!

Posted: January 29, 2019

Nominations for the Native Behavioral Health Award (Hope & Healing Award)

Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019 by 11:59 pm ET

In an effort to honor individuals, Tribes, organizations, and programs that have enriched and improved American Indian and Alaska Native public health and behavioral health, NIHB invites nominations for the Native Behavioral Health Hope and Healing Award. All nominations should be received by 11:59 pm ET on Friday, February 15, 2019. Winners will be notified within three weeks upon close of the nominations.

Click here for more information and to submit a nomination!

Posted: September 5, 2017

Upcoming Webinar: Improving Behavioral Health Integration through Culturally Appropriate Service Delivery
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 3:00-4:00 pm ET

Racially diverse and ethnic minority populations continue to experience disparities in behavioral health services access, treatment, and outcomes. Though the factors contributing to these disparities may include social determinants such as housing, education, and job status, provider bias and a lack of cultural and linguistic competency (CLC) may also play a role. Failure to address and acknowledge a patient's culture while providing integrated care can result in poor provider-patient communication and low health literacy.

In this webinar, participants will learn:

  • The range of issues of concern when it comes to cultural and linguistic competency (CLC);
  • How to engage leadership in CLC;
  • Specific tools and resources, including: an organizational self-assessment of linguistic and cultural appropriateness, a checklist of how to implement best practices and organizational protocols, and information on benchmarking progress;
  • How to obtain these tools and additional assistance in addressing CLC.

To register, click HERE

Posted: May 7, 2017

IHS Releases Dear Tribal Leader Letter Addressing Opioid Crisis

The Indian Health Service (IHS) released Dear Tribal Leader letter on May 2, 2017, outlining their new efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in Tribal communities. The letter outlines initiatives taken by the Federal agency to improve coordination and responsiveness to the growing epidemic, while highlighting recent advancements such as the establishment of the IHS National Committee on Heroin, Opioid, and Pain Efforts (HOPE) Committee through official charter. To learn more, access the announcement HERE.

Posted: May 1, 2017

2017 American Indian and Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Conference
Deadline: May 26, 2017

Hard Rock Casino and Hotel
Tulsa, Oklahoma
August 15-17, 2017

The Indian Health Service (IHS) and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) are proud to be working together to convene the various stakeholders across Indian Country looking to improve behavioral health outcomes in AI/AN communities. Tribal behavioral health experts, public health practitioners, researchers, community-based service providers, and Tribal professionals are invited to submit abstracts for the 2017 American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Behavioral Health Conference. This year's conference focuses on actions and tools that foster resilience through the implementation of Tribal best practices.

IHS and NIHB invite proposals for presenters in the following five tracks:

  • Alcohol and Substance Misuse Prevention and Treatment
  • Strengthening Capacity to Support Resiliency
  • Traditional Approaches to Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Post-vention
  • Workforce Development and Community Resiliency
  • Behavioral Health Integration and Resiliency

Click here for more information and to submit your proposal!

Posted: March 4, 2017

Register for the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Webinar

Register for the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Webinar, March 8, 2017, 3:00-4:30 PM ET:

National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017 - 2020
on Wednesday, March 8, 2017
3:00 - 4:30 PM ET

This Action Plan is the nation's road map for addressing viral hepatitis in the United States. Everyone has a role to play in the battle against viral hepatitis. Register now for the webinar on March 8th and learn more about the critical role(s) of various partners and how you can become a part of our national response to hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

The National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020 (Action Plan) is posted and ready to share HERE. The webinar will include an overview of the Action Plan, what's new/changed, and perspectives from federal, national, and state partners.

Posted: March 4, 2017

National Transgender HIV Testing Day March 8, 2017 - Enhancing Services for Trans Populations

This is the second webinar, in a three-part series, that aims to enhance services for Trans populations and promote the National Transgender HIV Testing Day. This interactive and engaging webinar will cover strategies to help agencies and health departments improve services for Trans populations.This initiative encourages community-based organizations (CBOs), health jurisdictions and HIV prevention programs to respond by hosting local trans HIV testing community events (HIV testing, visibility campaign, community forums) and/or develop trans specific HIV testing.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
2:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern
(1pm Central, 12pm Mountain, 11am Pacific)

For more information and to register, visit the link provided HERE.

Posted: February 21, 2017

SAMHSA, IHS and NIHB release the first-ever Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda

Released in December, 2016, the Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda (TBHA) is the first-ever Tribally-informed and Tribally-directed behavioral health blueprint for improving behavioral health outcomes in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. The TBHA provides an in-depth analysis of the current state of behavioral health in Indian Country and outlines best practices, recommendations and priorities that can help inform program and policy development at the Tribal, Federal and State levels. Access the TBHA HERE.


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Behavioral Health Inquiries:

Tyler Dougherty, MPH
Director of Public Health Policy and Programs

National Indian Health Board
910 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Phone: 202-922-0100
Washington, DC 20003
[email protected]



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