Behavioral Health Alerts

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.

Posted: December 1, 2016

After a Suicide: The Zero Suicide Approach to Postvention in Health and Behavioral Healthcare Settings

Join us for the next Zero Suicide webinar on Thursday, December 8 2016 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM ET entitled After a Suicide: The Zero Suicide Approach to Postvention in Health and Behavioral Healthcare Settings

A patient's death by suicide in health and behavioral healthcare organizations can have a significant impact on family members, other patients, and staff. It may be even more destabilizing or demoralizing in systems where significant changes to improve suicide care have been implemented.

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Posted: October 26, 2016

Fiscal Year 2017 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Drug Courts and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications from now through December 12, 2016 to expand and/or enhance substance abuse disorder treatment services in existing programs. SAMHSA is also providing a pre-application webinar for interested parties on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 2PM Eastern.

SAMHSA Pre-application Webinar for Adult Drug Courts & Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 2PM Eastern

Do you want more information or have questions regarding the previously announced Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) grants to expand substance use treatment capacity in adult drug courts and adult tribal healing to wellness courts? If so, please participate in the pre-application informational webinar on Thursday, October 27!

Click here for webinar information.

As a reminder, grant applications are due by Monday, December 12, 2016.

SAMHSA Grant Solicitation Released

Apply Today!

Deadline: December 12, 2016

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Drug Courts and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts.

The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance use disorder treatment services in existing programs. Grantees will be expected to provide a coordinated, multi-system approach designed to combine the sanctioning power of drug courts with effective substance use disorder treatment services to break the cycle of criminal behavior, alcohol and/or drug use, and incarceration or other penalties.

Priority for use of grant funds should be given to addressing gaps in the continuum of treatment for individuals in these courts who have substance use disorders or co-occurring substance use and mental disorder (COD) treatment needs. Grant funds must be used to serve people diagnosed with a substance use disorder as their primary condition.

SAMHSA will use discretion in allocating funding for these awards, taking into consideration the specific drug court model (Adult Treatment Drug Courts and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts), as appropriate, and the number of applications received per model type. Current Closing Date for Applications: December 12, 2016.

Apply Here

Posted: October 20, 2016

Public Health Officials, Apply Now! Behavioral Health Training & Technical Assistance Program

For the second year in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS), the National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Behavioral Health Training and Technical Assistance for State, Tribal, Territorial, and Local Health Officials Program.

Through a Request for Application (RFA) process, up to forty (40) health officials will be selected to participate in the second cohort of this 8-month initiative. Selected health officials will gain direct access to behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorders) training and technical assistance to enhance and/or initiate behavioral health efforts within their jurisdictions.

Additionally, participants will have access to the following:

  • 2-day in-person behavioral health training in conjunction with the National Council’s Annual Conference
  • FREE access to the National Council’s 2017 Conference, April 3-5, 2017 in Seattle with tailored conference programming for health officials
  • Toolkit of resources that will include archived webinars, white papers and training materials
  • Bi-weekly e-digest of the latest news and innovative resources in behavioral health
  • Series of webinars tailored to meet the needs identified by the health officials cohort
  • Monthly conference calls to share and solicit feedback from peers related to current and proposed community behavioral health integration and partnership efforts

Program Overview
From November 2016 through June 2017, the program participants will participate in one (1) introductory webinar, one (1) two-day in-person training, the National Council’s Annual Conference, and gain access to additional ongoing trainings and resources. The two-day in-person training (April 1-2, 2017) will precede the National Council’s 2017 Conference from April 3-5, 2017 in Seattle, WA. Program participants will also be granted the opportunity to attend the National Council Conference for FREE. *Thanks to support from the CDC, the National Council will cover travel, lodging expenses, and conference registration fees for selected program participants. In order to inform the technical assistance and resources offered throughout the program, applicants will be asked to complete a behavioral health assessment as part of the application process.

Applicant Eligibility
Any state, tribal, territorial, and local health official who has not previously participated is eligible to apply.

(According to the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the state health official is the “highest level at a state public health agency,” and sometimes referred to as a state health secretary or commissioner of health. The National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) defines local health officials (LHOs) as “the top executives at a local health department (LHD)” who are responsible for the overall administration of the LHD. Local health department top executives have many different titles across the United States: Director, Health Officer, Nurse Manager, Health Commissioner, and others. The top agency executive is defined as the highest ranking employee with administrative and managerial authority at the level of the LHD.)

Application Submissions
Applications are due by 3:00pm EDT on Thursday, November 10th, 2016. For more information about this program, please review the Request for Applications & Application Questionnaire.

To access the online application, please go to Note: The application should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Posted: September 29, 2016

ADVISORY: Today, White House to Hold “Making Health Care Better” Event on Suicide Prevention

WASHINGTON – This afternoon, the White House will hold the fourth in its “Making Health Care Better” series. Today’s discussion focuses on the progress made in preventing suicide and the policy challenges that remain.

The program in South Court Auditorium will feature Administration, nonprofit and foundation leaders, and advocates working to address suicide prevention and improve access to mental health care.

The White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) had previously released a progress report on actions taken by the Administration since 2009 to improve mental health research, access to care, and treatment; today, DPC published an addendum specifically about suicide prevention, which can be accessed here:

The event will be streamed live at on Thursday, September 29 at 1 p.m. ET.

Posted: September 24, 2016

New Report: Trauma Informed Care for Native Youth

A new report highlights several examples of trauma-informed interventions that aim to improve behavioral health for Native youth, families, and communities. The report, “Addressing Trauma in American Indian and Alaska Native Youth,” is now available online at

The report also includes recommendations from the literature concerning promoting traditional healing, community-based practices, and integrated behavioral health services to improve overall wellbeing for AI/AN youth.

Posted: August 8, 2016

Virtual Participation in IHS’ National AI/AN Behavioral Health Conference

Not able to attend the conference in person? The following sessions will be live streamed via Adobe Connect:


More Information/How to Connect

Posted: July 28, 2016

Upcoming Listening Session on Addressing Complex Trauma in Indian Country
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm PT

In February 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell tasked the Intradepartmental Council on Native American Affairs (ICNAA) with developing a comprehensive, integrated Departmental policy to address complex trauma in Native American communities. Improving the health and well-being of tribal communities is an important priority for HHS and HHS is committed to developing effective strategies to address not only the consequences of complex trauma but also to foster culturally responsive models for prevention.

HHS seeks input and recommendations to inform its work establishing and implementing this comprehensive policy. The Chair of the ICNAA invites tribal leadership to a listening session on Addressing Complex Trauma in Indian Country. The listening session will be held at the IHS National AI/AN Behavioral Health Conference in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, August 9, from 8:00 - 12:00 PM PST. This will be the first of a series of opportunities to provide recommendations.

To see a copy of the Dear Tribal Leader letter, please visit the conference website at:

Registration is not required to attend the listening session but is required for conference attendance.

Posted: June 27 2016

IHS Releases New Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative Funding Opportunity Announcements

New Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) were posted to the Federal Register today. MSPI federal program award opportunities were also posted to the MSPI webpage for IHS Federal Facilities...

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Posted: April 8, 2016

Applications Open for We R Native Ambassadors
Applications due June 17, 2016

Native teens and young adults can apply to become a We R Native Youth Ambassador. We R Native is a multimedia health resource for Native youth designed to empower them to take an active role in their own health and well-being. The program is asking American Indian and Alaska Native youth 15 - 24 years old to join their team. Learn More.

Posted: April 8, 2016

New Pocket Guide: Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

SAMHSA is pleased to announce the release of a new pocket guide for health professionals, Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder.

This pocket guide offers:

  • A checklist for prescribing medication
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medications for use in the treatment of opioid use disorder, including extended-release injectable naltrexone, methadone, and buprenorphine
  • Screening and assessment tools, including an 11-item scale, the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale
  • Best practices and patient care.

Click here to download or order your copy today.

Posted: April 8, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Violence Against AI/AN Women and Men: 2010 Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey
May 18, 2016 | 3:00 pm ET

Few estimates are available to describe the prevalence of violence experienced by American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) women and men. In addition, these estimates are often based on local rather than national samples. The few available national estimates are often based on very small samples. These small samples do not always accurately represent the AI/AN population in the United States. This study provides the first set of estimates from a national large-scale survey of victimization among self-identified AI/AN men and women on psychological aggression, coercive control and entrapment, physical violence, stalking, and sexual violence, using detailed behaviorally specific questions. These results are expected to raise awareness and understanding of violence experienced by AI/AN people. The webinar also will highlight the need for additional services that are needed for AI/AN victims of crime—a need that has been persistently noted but lacked the research to support efforts to increase resources or allocate them appropriately.

Click here to register for the webinar.

Posted: April 8, 2016

Update to the National Violent Death Reporting System: Stories from the Frontlines of Violent Death Surveillance

This updated publication now features nine state profiles; eight stories of typical violent deaths, including suicides; and over 25 innovative ways states turn data into action. With 32 states currently receiving NVDRS funding from the CDC, this report brings increased attention to the importance of investing resources in injury and violence prevention initiatives, and the need for continued support and expansion of this innovative system for preventing violent deaths.

Posted: April 8, 2016

NIH releases summary of research on early childhood risk and protective factors

An online guide about interventions in early childhood that can help prevent drug use and other unhealthy behaviors was launched today by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The guide offers research-based principles that affect a child’s self-control and overall mental health, starting during pregnancy through the eighth year of life. It recognizes that while substance use generally begins during the teen years, it has known biological, psychological, social, and environmental roots that begin even before birth.

Click here for more information.

Posted: April 8, 2016

HHS Issues Guidance on the Use of Federal Funds for Syringe Services Programs

HHS issued guidance regarding the use of Federal funds to implement or expand syringe services programs for people who inject drugs. An overview of the guidance and a link to the complete document can be found here.

The release of the HHS guidance was part of a broader set of public and private sector actions to escalate the fight against the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic, which is claiming the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year. Here’s a link to the full White House announcement.

Additional information and guidance for HHS grantees will be coming out over the next two weeks from the relevant HHS agencies.

Posted: March 15, 2016

Call for Proposals Open for National American Indian/Alaska Native Behavioral Health Conference

The National AI/AN Behavioral Health Conference will be held on August 9 - 11, 2016, at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel in Portland, Oregon. The theme is "Creating Trauma Informed Systems in AI/AN Communities."

The National AI/AN Behavioral Health Conference is the nation's premier opportunity to assemble and hear from nationally recognized speakers, behavioral health care providers, Tribal leaders, and health care officials committed to addressing emergent behavioral health topics in Indian Country. The conference attracts presenters and participants from across the country who want to share their research and promising practices, while providing opportunities for professional development, collaboration and networking. Conference registration and hotel reservations will open May 1, 2016.

Deadline: April 15, 2016

The Indian Health Service National Council on Behavioral Health invites proposals for presenters addressing trauma informed behavioral health topics in the following five tracks:

  • Suicide Prevention, Intervention, & Postvention
  • Substance Use Prevention & Treatment
  • Behavioral Health Integration - please add this bullet, it's missing
  • Two Generation (2Gen) Approach (Native Youth & Native Elders)
  • Trauma Informed Supervision, Management, & Leadership

Click here to submit your proposal

Deadline: May 1, 2016

The Indian Health Service welcomes and encourages interested individuals and programs to showcase their programs or art as an exhibitor or vendor. For additional information on booth space, please click here. Accepted exhibitors and vendors will be contacted by May 15, 2016.

For more information please visit our conference website here or contact the conference helpdesk at [email protected]

Posted: March 15, 2016

Register for the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit
March 28-31, 2016 | Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel | Atlanta, Georgia

The National Rx Drug Abuse Summit is the largest national collaboration of professionals from local, state, and federal agencies; businesses; academia; clinicians; treatment providers; counselors; educators; state and national leaders; and advocates impacted by prescription drug misuse and heroin use.

Participate in a collaborative environment and up-to-date, data-driven discussions for professionals in the public health and public safety fields. Sessions are organized into 10 educational tracks tailed to provide stakeholders timely and relevant information for their particular field: advocacy, clinical, federal, heroin, law enforcement, pharmacy, prescription drug monitoring programs, prevention, third-party payer, and treatment.

Join SAMHSA’s Acting Administrator, Kana Enomoto, a keynote speaker during the Opening General Session, on Tuesday, March 29, 9:00-11:00 am ET, as she discusses the importance of addressing the existing gaps in substance use treatment. Last year alone, approximately 20 million people in need of treatment did not receive it. Further, an estimated 10.6 million people reported an unmet need for mental health care.

Click here to register for the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit.

Posted: March 15, 2016

25th National/International Native American Indian Alcoholics Anonymous Convention
October 27-30, 2016

The 25th National/International Native American Indian Alcoholics Anonymous Convention will take place October 27-30, 2016. All AA members are welcome. The Convention will include a raffle, speaker meetings, old timers meeting, banquet, talking circles, social powwow, and 24 hour marathon meetings.

The conference will be held at:

Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino
20 Buffalo Thunder Trail
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506

For more information, please click here.

Posted: March 14, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Blueprint for Change: Responding to Grief, Trauma, and Distress After a Suicide
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | 3:00-4:30 pm ET

This webinar will provide a comprehensive overview of Responding to Grief, Trauma, and Distress After a Suicide: U.S. National Guidelines, released last year by the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force. The webinar is designed primarily for national, state, and organizational leaders who are advancing the cause of suicide prevention in keeping with the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. It will cover how exposure to suicide affects a wide array of people, beyond immediate family members, often in profound ways, including deleterious mental health outcomes, prolonged and even debilitating grief, and isolation and stigmatization. It will also explain how the guidelines' goals and objectives are designed to guide system change at all levels using a public health approach and calls for reinventing postvention to ensure that everyone exposed to suicide receives effective care beyond the initial crisis surrounding a fatality.

If you are interested in participating in the webinar, please send an email to [email protected].

Posted: March 14, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: The Impact of Alcoholism on Youth and Families
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | 4:00-5:00 pm ET

  1. Incorporate an understanding of the detrimental effects of alcohol abuse into their clinical treatment.
  2. Apply family interventions to help youth who are living in alcohol abusing homes.
  3. Screen for additional psychosocial issues in the presence of families dealing with alcoholism.
passcode: child

Posted: March 14, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Crisis Now
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 3:00-4:30 pm ET

This webinar will cover a new report from the Crisis Services Task Force, entitled Crisis Now: Transforming Services is Within Our Reach. The task force surveyed the status of mental health crisis care and found that the mental health crisis services system in our country is fractured and is contributing to criminalization of people with mental illness, the increasing suicide rate, and rising health care costs. The webinar will review these findings, present consensus recommendations to improve and expand crisis care, and discuss current policy opportunities. It is primarily intended for providers, advocates, hospital and health systems, legislators and legislative staff, and media.

Following presentation, participants will be able to describe: 1) At least 2 current deficiencies in crisis care and their consequences; 2) The 3 Core Elements of effective crisis care systems, 3) Where proposals to improve crisis care fit in current reform proposals.

If you are interested in participating in the webinar, please send an email to [email protected].

Posted: February 26, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Historical Trauma in Tribal Communities
March 1, 2016 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET

Art Martinez, PhD (Chumash)
Dr. Martinez will discuss historical trauma, its effect on culture/tradition and the impact across generations in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities. Additionally, he will discuss how to incorporate cultural traditions/ beliefs into the healthcare response to Sexual Assault/Abuse and Domestic Violence

The Tribal Forensic Healthcare Training Project is funded by the Indian Health Service

Continuing Education:
Jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and International Association of Forensic Nurses.
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)TM.
This activity has been approved for 1.0 Nursing Contact Hours.

Posted: February 26, 2016

Bureau of Indian Affairs Announces Launch of 2016 Student Leadership Summer Institute for Native Students

As part of President Obama’s Generation Indigenous (“Gen-I”) initiative to remove barriers to success for Native Youth, Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts today announced the launch of the 2016 Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute, a paid 10-week summer internship program with the agency that begins in early June. The Institute will provide American Indian and Alaska Native post-secondary students with a unique opportunity to learn about federal policymaking and develop management and leadership skills within high-profile offices throughout the Indian Affairs organization. Roberts made the announcement at the National Congress of American Indians’ “Tribal Nations Legislative Summit 114th Congress Executive Council” meeting.

The Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute’s mission is to engage and support the next generation of Native students interested in rising to leadership levels within federal government. The program will provide participants with:

  • An introduction to the government-to-government relationship between the United States and the 567 federally recognized tribal nations;
  • An understanding of how the federal government carries out its trust responsibilities to tribal and individual Indian trust beneficiaries;
  • How the tribal consultation process guides the development and implementation of federal Indian policies and regulations;
  • Real-world exposure to the Indian Affairs organization and its component bureaus, offices and programs that carry out its part of the Secretary of the Interior’s overall responsibilities to Indian Country.

For more information click here.

Posted: February 26, 2016

First Nations Development Institute Accepting Proposals for Native Youth & Culture

The First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting proposals for its Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) program that focuses on youth, and incorporating culture and tradition to address social issues in Native communities. First Nations will award approximately 20 grants to Native organizations and tribes seeking ways to preserve, strengthen and/or renew Native culture and tradition among Native youth.

First Nations is seeking projects that focus on one or more of these four priority areas:

  • Preserving, strengthening or renewing cultural and/or spiritual practices, beliefs and values.
  • Engaging both youth and elders in activities that demonstrate methods for documenting traditional knowledge, practices and/or beliefs, where culturally appropriate.
  • Increasing youth leadership and their capacity to lead through integrated educational or mentoring programs.
  • Increasing access to and sharing of cultural customs and beliefs through the use of appropriate technologies (traditional and/or modern), as a means of reviving or preserving tribal language, arts, history or other culturally relevant topics.

First Nations prefers to fund projects no longer than one year in length, and with budgets between $5,000 and $20,000. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. All applicants must fully complete the First Nations online grant application.

For more information, click here.

Posted: February 22, 2016

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Materials Available

The 2016 NNHAAD poster is out. The poster and those who want to order copies of materials can visit the website at The poster will be available as will a download of the new PSAs and other materials. We're excited about 2016 NNHAAD. We're asking that, if people post on social media that they use #NNHAAD so that we can track our reach. Our theme this year is "Hear Indigenous Voices: Uniting bold voices of American Indians, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiians"

Posted: February 17, 2016

The Impact of Early Adverse Childhood Events and Trauma on Physical and Mental Health across a Lifespan
February 19, 2016 | 1:30 pm EST

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify changes in central nervous system (CNS) structure and function in response to early childhood adverse events and trauma.
  • Identify negative health outcomes associated with early childhood adverse events and trauma.
  • Incorporate information about these negative health outcomes into clinical practice.

More Information (PDF)

Posted: February 17, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Suicide: An Invasive Yet Preventable Disease
Monday, February 22, 2016 | 12:00-1:00 pm ET

  1. Correctly identify youth who are more at risk for attempting suicide.
  2. Mobilize communities to engage in prevention strategies.
  3. Implement postvention strategies once a suicide has occurred
passcode: preventable

Posted: February 17, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents
Monday, February 22, 2016 | 4:00-5:00 pm

  1. Identify two changes in the DSM V (from DSM IV) for diagnosing anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.
  2. Identify two co-occurring disorders in children with anxiety disorder.
  3. Identify one treatment (medication or therapy) for treating anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.
passcode: child

Posted: February 17, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: It Takes a Community to Prevent Suicide: What is Zero Suicide Concept and Practice
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 | 2:00-3:00 pm ET

  1. Recognize the components for the pathways to care.
  2. Identify steps in adopting a Zero Suicide approach in health care organizations.
  3. Describe the advantages of suicide prevention as a core component for health care.
passcode: child

Posted: February 17, 2016

Upcoming Training: Essential Pain and Addiction Training
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 | 12:00-6:00 pm ET


  1. Recognize the epidemic of unintentional opioid overdose deaths in the United States.
  2. Identify the importance of education regarding prescription medication misuse, and identification of patients at risk for addictions.
  3. Use the best practices in pain management to provide integrated, collaborative care. This presentation is open to everyone and registration is required. Click here to register.

Posted: February 15, 2016

CMS Releases Information Bulletin

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released an information bulletin focused on the Best Practices involving Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). The bulletin contains information about emerging Medicaid strategies for addressing the issue. Click here to view the bulletin.

Posted: February 15, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Exploring the American Indian Life Skills Development Curriculum for Suicide Prevention
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | 2:00-3:30 ET

SAMHSA's Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center is sponsoring this Generational Resilience Learning Community. The discussion will focus on the American Indian Life Skills Development Curriculum, a course for Native high school and middle school students designed to reduce suicidal thinking and behavior. Participants will increase their knowledge about this culturally appropriate curriculum and how it can fit with youth suicide prevention and cultural intervention strategies in their schools and communities.

Click here to register.

Posted: February 15, 2016

Upcoming Presentation: Syringe Exchange Programs in Native Communities – Learning From One Another
Friday, February 19, 2016 | 2:00-3:00 pm ET

This presentation will focus on syringe exchange program examples from Indian Country. It will demonstrate how each program was built to specifically address community needs, and what each program hopes for the future.

Duration: 1 hr total – 40 minute didactic with 20 minutes for Q/A

To connect click here. If you have questions, please email Jessica Leston, [email protected] or [email protected].

Posted: February 15, 2016

New Report: Strengthening Our Future

SAMHSA is pleased to announce the release of Strengthening Our Future: Key Elements To Developing a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Diversion Program for Youth With Behavioral Health Conditions. Developed by SAMHSA's partners as part of the 2014–2015 Policy Academy Action Network Initiative, this report builds off of SAMHSA's concept of trauma and framework for a trauma-informed approach to:

  • Identify nine implementation domains for achieving a trauma-informed juvenile justice diversion program.
  • Highlight case examples from each of the 2014–2015 Policy Academy-Action Network states (Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Tennessee).

Click here to download the report.

Posted: February 15, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records
Friday, February 19, 2016 | 1:00–2:00 pm ET

SAMHSA will hold a webinar to provide an overview of the 42 CFR Part 2 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

HHS published proposed revisions to the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations, 42 CFR Part 2. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, titled Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, was published in the Federal Register on February 9, 2016. This proposal was prompted by the need to update and modernize the regulations.

The goal of the proposed changes is to facilitate information exchange within new health care models while addressing the legitimate privacy concerns of patients seeking treatment for a substance use disorder. The regulatory changes will ensure that patients with substance use disorders have the choice to participate in and benefit from new integrated health care models without fear of the risk of adverse consequences. Due to its targeted population, the Part 2 rules provide more stringent federal protections than most other health privacy laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

HHS welcomes public comment on this proposed rule. To be assured consideration, comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on April 11, 2016. HHS will consider all comments received by the date and time specified, and will respond to the comments in the preamble of the final rule. People may comment on the proposed changes by using one of the methods outlined in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

Posted: February 5, 2016

Funding Opportunity: Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT)

  • Expected Number of Awards: 7-9
  • Range of Awards: $325,000 to $400,000 per budget period
  • Application Deadline: April 18, 2016 by 5 p.m. ET
  • Technical Assistance Webinar: March 9, 2016 at 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET; Information on accessing the webinar will be posted on the OMH website.

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services announces the availability of funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 for grant awards for the Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT) Program. ACT is intended to test the effectiveness of innovative approaches in promoting healthy behaviors among minority and/or disadvantaged youth at-risk for poor health/life outcomes due to childhood trauma. These innovative approaches (including curricula) should be designed for minority and/or disadvantaged youth ages 5 to 15 years who have been exposed to childhood trauma, as well as support services to their families. ACT seeks to address unhealthy behaviors in minority youth and provide them with opportunities to learn coping skills and gain experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices. ACT funded grantees should serve minority and/or disadvantaged youth and their families who live in communities where they are exposed to chronic traumatic situations repeatedly over long periods of time such as violence (e.g., homicides, nonfatal assaults, school violence, and suicide), domestic violence, some forms of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect, or recovery from disasters or other emotionally harmful experiences. The ACT initiative also promotes the goals of My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative launched by President Obama to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential, including boys and young men of color.

Visit for more information and to submit an application, click here.

Posted: January 13, 2015

New SAMHSA Grant Opportunity: Cooperative Agreement for Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Implementation

Application Submission Deadline: January 26, 2016

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2016 Cooperative Agreements for Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Implementation [Youth Treatment - Implementation (Short Title – YT-I)] grants.

The purpose of this program is to provide funding to states/territories/tribes (hereafter known as states) to improve treatment for adolescents and/or transitional aged youth with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders (hereafter known as “the population of focus”) by assuring youth state-wide access to evidence-based assessments, treatment models, and recovery services supported by the strengthening of the existing infrastructure system. Based on need, applicants may choose to provide services to adolescents (ages 12-18) and their families/primary caregivers, transitional aged youth (ages 16-25) and their families/primary caregivers, or both these populations and their families/primary caregivers. Applicants that select transitional aged youth may chose a subset of this population of focus (e.g., ages 16-18, ages 18-21, ages 21-25).

For additional information about this grant opportunity, click here.

A downloadable recording of an informational webinar will be available here in the coming days.

Technical assistance on programmatic issues can be provided on an individual basis by contacting:
Immaculata Ukoh at (240) 276- 1108 or [email protected]
Melissa Rael at (240) 276-2903 or [email protected]
Technical assistance on grants management and budget issues can be provided on an individual basis by contacting:
Odessa Crocker at (240) 276-1078 or [email protected]

Posted: December 14, 2015

SAMHSA recruiting for Leadership Program in Behavioral Health.

We are recruiting professionals in both the public and private sectors for the 2016 Behavioral Health Leadership Development Program, a part of Project LIFT (Leadership Initiatives for Tomorrow), who wish to enhance their leadership skills by:

  • Understanding the opportunities brought about by health care reform and parity
  • Embracing innovation to effect change
  • Helping to motivate and retain the behavioral health workforce

There is no cost to you, but we do ask for your commitment of time and interest.

Look for the Call for Applications in late December-early January.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Posted: December 11, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: An Overview of PTSD and Treatment Perspectives Among Native American Veterans
Monday, December 14, 2015 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET

  1. Identify preferences for aspects of treatment/healing programs, as reported by Native American (NA) Veterans that would facilitate engagement in the healing process.
  2. Examine NA Veterans attitudes, beliefs and perceptions toward PTSD and its treatment/healing.
  3. Recognize "military culture" in assessing and managing NA Veterans with PTSD.
passcode: rounds

Posted: December 11, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Presentation and Management of Trauma in Schools
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

  1. Assess for common signs and symptoms of childhood trauma and traumatic grief across development.
  2. Utilize trauma screening questions to determine which youth to refer for trauma-focused treatment services.
  3. Provide support and validation to youth and families who are experiencing traumatic stress.
passcode: child

Posted: December 11, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Illicit Substance Use around the Time of Birth: Education and Prevention Strategies: IHS Resources
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

This series of one hour webinars brings together clinicians, researchers, and tribal members around the growing problem of illicit drug use in the perinatal period. Doctors, nurses, and tribal members will present evidence-based strategies for managing this complex issue in pregnant and breastfeeding women, newborns, and in the community setting. The series will be relevant to Indian Health Service clinicians, and to tribal communities.
passcode: prevention

Posted: December 11, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: The Impact of Parent Trauma on Youth Trauma Treatment: Considerations, Tips, and Resources
Thursday, December 17, 2015

  1. Assess and identify a parent’s trauma history in the context of the youth’s treatment.
  2. Utilize strategies and specific skills in treatment when working with traumatized parents.
  3. Utilize resources that can be used when working with traumatized parents in the context of the youth’s treatment.
passcode: child

Posted: December 10, 2015

National bicycle and pedestrian safety experts and health professionals will connect the dots between active transportation and health.

A myriad of keynote and break out sessions will inform and inspire your work.

Ohio has one of the most dynamic Safe Routes to School programs in the country. At this conference you’ll see and hear about its many nationally-recognized innovations.

Plus, you will have plenty of time to network and share with colleagues from across the country in Ohio’s vibrant capital city Columbus, named the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year.

More Information

Posted: November 11, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Reconnecting You to the Circle: The Importance of Traditional Practices for Prevention
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 2:00 pm ET

As tribal and urban American Indian and Alaska Native communities strive to address the issue of youth suicide, it is critical to seek a better understanding of youth perspectives and to focus on healing and strength-based approaches to wellness.

The SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center invites you to join the webinar “Reconnecting Youth to the Circle: The Importance of Traditional Practices for Prevention,” presented in conjunction with Native American Heritage month. The webinar is Part 1 of the Generational Resilience Learning Community series.

This interactive web-based learning community will offer opportunities for participants to hear youth stories about their connection to their language and cultural traditions as well as strategies for engaging youth and connecting them to the circle.

CLICK HERE to register.

Posted: October 15, 2015

SAMHSA Always Looking to Strengthen their Pool of Reviewers

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) utilizes a pool of grant reviewers to reviews applications for their funding opportunity announcements. What is unique about their pool, is that it is based upon reviewers who voluntarily submit their own application to serve in that capacity, rather than a pool that is recruited just when a review panel is needed. So SAMHSA has a large and diverse pool of subject matter experts from which they can select a qualified panel of grant reviewers any time. However, there is always a need to grow that pool and ensure that all communities are represented. So please, visit their site, and complete an application and submit your paperwork to become a SAMHSA grant reviewer, and help to ensure that there is a strong Native presence within their pool of reviewers.

Posted: October 2, 2015

25th Annual National/International Native American Indian Alcoholics Anonymous Convention
November 26-29, 2015

25th Annual National/International Native American Indian Alcoholics Anonymous Convention will be held at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino (4000 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV). The convention will feature 24-hour marathon meetings, AA speaker meetings, talking circles, an old timers meeting, a social powwow, and other events. For more information, click here.

Posted: October 2, 2015

IHS Announces DVPI Awardees

IHS announced it awarded approximately $7.4 million to 56 IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian organizations to provide prevention, intervention, and treatment services to American Indians and Alaska Natives who have experienced domestic or sexual violence. These IHS grants and federal program awards are a new phase in the Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI), which previously funded 65 health programs in a five-year demonstration project to expand outreach and increase awareness of domestic and sexual violence, and expand services to victims and communities. In the first four years of the demonstration project, DVPI projects provided over 50,000 crisis interventions, victim advocacy, and counseling encounters and made more than 38,000 referrals for domestic violence services.

These new awards dramatically expand our efforts to provide community based, culturally appropriate services for domestic and sexual violence," said IHS Principal Deputy Director Robert G. McSwain. "American Indian and Alaska Native communities have called on IHS for more support to prevent domestic and sexual violence and the IHS Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative funding represents a commitment to these critical health needs."

Please visit the IHS Newsroom to view the entire press release.

Posted: September 30, 2015

IHS Announces MSPI Awardees

The Indian Health Service, through its Office of Clinical and Preventive Services, Division of Behavioral Health, today made 117 Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative funding awards totaling $13,237,000 to prevent methamphetamine use and suicide in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Funding will go to Tribes, Tribal organizations, Urban Indian organizations, and IHS federal government programs. These awards will help increase access to health services and also build the capacity of American Indian and Alaska Native communities to provide prevention, intervention, and treatment services to American Indians and Alaska Natives who are at risk of suicide or methamphetamine use.

View the press release for more information, a list of awardees by IHS Area, and a link to the updated IHS MSPI website.

Posted: September 30, 2015

Upcoming Webinar Series: Guide to Successful Grant Proposals

In a new 3-part webinar series designed for community-based organizations, the Office of Minority Health Resource Center will share the basics of successful federal grant applications. Three key topics will be covered on the following dates:

Foundations of Grant Writing
Tuesday, October 6 at 3:30 pm ET

Why All the Excitement about Logic Models?
Tuesday, October 20 at 3:30 pm ET

Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities
Thursday, November 5 at 3:30 pm ET

Posted: September 4, 2015

American Indian/Alaska Native Hope for Life Day Toolkit

September is National Suicide Awareness Month. The first ever National American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Suicide Prevention Hope for Life Day will occur on September 10, in conjunction with the World Suicide Prevention Day. The goals for the day include changing the conversation about suicide and to promote hope, life, cultural resiliency, and community transformation.

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s American Indian/Alaska Native Task Force put together a toolkit to assist health professionals and grassroots organizers with community engagement, speaking with Tribal leaders, promotional materials, and cultural activity suggestions.


Posted: September 4, 2015

Implementing Alcohol Screening & Brief Intervention into Primary Care: Experiences among Three CDC-Funded Grantees webinar
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | 1:00pm-2:00pm ET

Practical experiences associated with the implementation of alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) into routine health care are often understudied and under disseminated in the research literature. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed an implementation guide outlining useful steps to integrate alcohol SBI into clinical practice settings. Three Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Regional Training Centers (FASD RTCs) across the U.S. were funded by CDC to pilot implementation of alcohol SBI into multi-site primary healthcare systems. Pilot sites located in Alaska, Nevada, and Tennessee included three health systems across ten clinical settings.

The University of Nevada, Reno's Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies is pleased to offer this free webinar whose purpose is to highlight key aspects of the alcohol SBI implementation processes that were unique to each party involved in the pilot testing and resulted in important lessons that are applicable for others implementing alcohol SBI. Attendees will learn about available resources and receive practical recommendations that will increase the likelihood of their own success integrating routine alcohol SBI into clinical settings.

Elizabeth Dang, MPH - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sandra Gonzalez, MSSW, LCSW - Baylor College of Medicine
Joyce Hartje, PhD - University of Nevada, Reno
Becky Porter, MS, LPC - University of Alaska Anchorage

Contact Hours: This webinar has been approved for a total of 1.0 contact hour through the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). Certificates indicating the number of contact hours earned are issued to all participants at the end of the training via e-mail; certificates are sent out 7-10 days after the training has concluded.


For more information on alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention or FASD, please click here. Please contact Carolyn Edney at [email protected] with any questions.

Posted: September 1, 2015

Suicide Prevention Series: Practical Applications of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Individuals at Risk for Suicide
September 1, 2015 | 3:30 pm ET

Presented by Shawn Sidhu, MD

Next Webinar
September 29, 2015, 2:00 pm ET

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify core principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
  • Apply these principles to individual therapy.
  • Utilize practical and tangible skills in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for use in individual therapy.

Connection Information

  • Go to:
  • Select the "Enter as a Guest" option
  • Enter your name, first and last, with designation in the box designated Name (ex: Jane Doe, MD).
  • Enter the passcode : sps
  • Click on the "Enter Room" button

More Information (PDF)

Posted: August 24, 2015

Financing Care Transitions for Individuals at Risk for Suicide
September 16, 2015 | 12:30–2 p.m. ET

Learn about potential financing mechanisms for post-discharge care services for individuals who are at risk of suicide at the upcoming webinar, Financing Care Transitions for Individuals at Risk for Suicide. The speakers will discuss current financing models, as well as expected changes that will alter the national health services payment landscape. The discussion will focus on three case studies—an accountable care organization, a behavioral health plan, and a county-led crisis program—as examples of innovative financial models that support services for individuals in crisis.

Register To Attend the Webinar

Posted: August 24, 2015

Upcoming Panel Discussion: The Evidence Supporting Traditional Practices
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

On behalf of SAMHSA and the SAMHSA American Indian and Alaska Native Team, you are invited you to join a panel discussion entitled “The Evidence Supporting Traditional Practices” on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen, and engage with an exciting group of expert panelists that will discuss topics on Evidence-Based Practices, Practice-Based Evidence and Traditional Practices that are being utilized in rural and urban Native communities.

Click here to register.

Posted: August 24, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Zero Suicide and Trauma-Informed Care
Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET

In a trauma-informed approach, a behavioral health organization understands and develops a framework to best serve clients with histories of trauma. The system, and all employees in the system, understands the role that trauma can play in each person's care and recovery. With trauma-informed care, the organization develops safeguards to ensure that the setting in which services are delivered, and the particular services offered are competent, safe, evidence-based, patient-centered, and do not re-traumatize individuals with histories of trauma. The input of those with lived trauma experience is essential in the development, delivery, and evaluation of services. The Zero Suicide approach frames care for those at risk for suicide in much the same way that trauma-informed care provides a framework for serving those with histories of trauma.

Click here to register.

Posted: August 21, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Question & Answer Session: MSPI & DVPI FY2015 New Funding Cycle - Technical Assistance Webinar #4
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | 2:30 – 3:30 pm ET

This fourth technical assistance webinar will provide an opportunity for Tribes, Tribal organizations and Urban Indian health organizations (UIHPs) to ask questions about the application process for the MSPI & DVPI FY2015 new funding cycle. The primary focus of the webinar will be to address frequently asked questions for the application process and provide a question & answer session for new inquiries. A brief update on the application submission process and requirements will be provided if there are minimal questions from the audience. The application submission deadline for Tribes, Tribal organizations, and UIHPs is September 8, 2015 via

Pre-registration is not required. Click here to participate in the webinar.

Posted: August 21, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: "Just a Dream": Indigenous Two-Spirit Youth Sharing of Personal Stories
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET

The SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center invites you to join a webinar for the Two-Spirit Tuesday's! Learning Community. Part 3 is titled We Are All One Family; Let's Not Make This "Just a Dream": Indigenous Two-Spirit Youth Sharing of Personal Stories.

This learning community will be composed as a panel discussion of Two-Spirit Native youth leaders who will share their personal struggles, challenges, successes, and triumphs. These inspiring Two-Spirit leaders will discuss their brilliant work to support the Two-Spirit community, and offer insight and recommendations on how tribal communities, families, and allies can support Two-Spirit health and wellness.

Click here to register.

Posted: July 29, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Opioid Use Disorders in the American Indian/Alaska Native Communities
Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET

This webinar will review the epidemiology and genetics of addiction and substance use disorders in American Indians and Alaska Natives. Co-morbidities of physical injuries and behavioral health issues will be reviewed. The patient assessment will be reviewed in detail and intervention strategies including buprenorphine will be covered.

Click here to register.

Posted: July 29, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Methamphetamine and Substance Abuse Prevention
August 12, 2015 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET

This webinar will cover examples of practice-based, evidence-based, and culturally-informed programming which have proven successful for addressing methamphetamine and substance abuse prevention and treatment in urban Indian community settings.

Target audience: Urban Indian Health program staff and providers, behavioral health care providers, and allied health professionals

Participate via audio conference:

877-394-5901; code: 2743401

Or click here to register.

Posted: July 29, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Social Media
Friday, August 14, 2015 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Recent developments in the field of media and suicide research reflect a change in focus from traditional to online media and an increasing attention to stories of hope and recovery and their potential to help prevent suicide. In this webinar the presenters will focus on their recent research investigating how stories of recovery delivered via newspaper reports and fictional films impact various audiences. Furthermore, they will present findings on the role of the Internet in conveying information about suicide and suicide prevention in the United States and in Europe.

Click here to register.

Posted: July 29, 2015

Upcoming Webcast: Responding to Suicide Clusters on College Campuses
August 20, 2015 | 1:30 – 5:00 pm ET

SAMHSA and the JED Foundation invite you to join the upcoming, two-part web conference, "Responding to Suicide Clusters on College Campuses."

Participants will learn from experts in suicide prevention and college-focused mental health about our current understanding of suicide clusters on college campuses and in other settings.

Presenters will discuss the epidemiology and demographics of suicide clusters; what we know about settings in which clusters are more likely to occur; and how to reduce the risk of "contagion" through effective communication, intervention, and postvention both on campus and off campus.

A panel of clinicians who have experienced suicide clusters on their campuses (or have worked with campuses that have had clusters) will discuss their experiences and lessons learned about managing a campus response to a cluster; planning for postvention after a cluster; and handling communication and media reporting.

Learn More and Register for the Web Conference

Posted: June 8, 2015

Accepting Applications: American Indian and Alaska Native Leadership Academy

The National American Indian & Alaska Native ATTC would like to offer support to future American Indian and Alaska Native leaders in the behavioral health and addiction service fields by inviting participation in a comprehensive leadership preparation program which provides a balance of traditional training seminars, distance education, and field education. We are currently seeking participants and mentors for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Why participate in the American Indian & Alaska Native Leadership Academy?

This program will provide opportunities for participants to:
  • Develop personal leadership styles and skills
  • Network with other developing leaders, and gain practical experience for the "real world"
  • Earn a Certificate of Leadership

This program provides a meaningful experience for mentors, including opportunities to:

  • Offer professional networking, and take the behavioral health and
  • addiction services fields into the future
  • Encourage mentee’s intellectual and professional development
  • Foster agency growth as a result of engaging in mentee projects
  • Experience self-fulfillment through mentee growth

For more information, click here.

Posted: June 8, 2015

Save the Date: 2015 National Behavioral Health Conference
August 4-6, 2015 | Phoenix, AZ

The Indian Health Service Headquarters’ Division of Behavioral Health is hosting this conference in partnership with the Phoenix Area’s Office of Health Programs. This conference is for behavioral health providers, nurses, primary care providers, executives, and others from Indian Health Service, Tribal, and Urban facilities to build the model for integrating behavioral health into primary care.

Location and Registration details coming soon.

The IHS Tele-Behavioral Health Center of Excellence will broadcast conference sessions.

For more information please contact Andrea Czajkowski, [email protected].

Posted: June 8, 2015

Archived Webinar: Project Lazarus

On May 21, 2015, a virtual webinar on Project Lazarus was presented. Project Lazarus is a non-profit organization established in 2008 to address the extremely high drug overdose death rate in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Project Lazarus believes that communities are ultimately responsible for their own health and that every drug overdose is preventable.

The Project Lazarus Model can be conceptualized as a wheel, with three core components (The Hub) that must always be present, and seven components (The Spokes), which can be initiated based on the specific needs of a community.

The learning objectives included:
  • Define the components of a successful community-based prescription opioid overdose prevention program.
  • Describe the possible roles that prescribers and substance use treatment providers can play in overdose prevention and supporting patients/families/friends with chronic pain/Substance use dependency beyond the traditional clinical setting.
  • Identify ways in which the Project Lazarus model can be adapted for replication in a medical practice or community.
  • Define the components of a successful community-based naloxone acceptability and access program with current laws.

Click here to download the slides.

Click here to view the webinar.

Posted: May 22, 2015

NPR Covers the struggles of Native Americans and Addiction

NPR put out an internet and radio story titled Many Native American Communities Struggle With Effects Of Heroin Use recently that spoke to the unique challenges that many American Indian people face when both trying to quit using substances and then trying to cope and move through with recovery. The story can be read and streamed HERE

Posted: May 20, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Domestic Violence Typologies
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | 1:00-2:30 pm ET

Popular notions of domestic violence (DV) as well as prevailing practice ideas often suggest that domestic violence is a monolithic phenomenon with angry, violent men using coercive control to dominate their female partners. While this is true of a great deal of the abuse and violence seen by DV practitioners, it does not adequately describe the full range of DV dynamics, behaviors and motives. This presentation will examine 30 years of research into classifying and understanding types of domestic violence including the work of Michael Johnson, Amy Holtzworth-Monroe, Edward Gondolf, John Gottman and others. Application to lethality assessment, batterer intervention and victim safety are considered along with the historical/political contexts in which this work has been received.

Pre-registration is not required for non-VA employees. Click here to participate on June 10, 2015.

Posted: May 20, 2015

All Tribes’ Call – Webinar
Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) for Indian Country

Please join IHS, SAMSHA and CMS on an All Tribes’ Call - Webinar to learn more information about how Medicaid reimbursement might be available for mental health services provided to persons in residential treatment centers. Under the Medicaid laws, Medicaid payment is not allowed for services provided in Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) that have more than 16 beds. However, there are exceptions to this rule. The purpose of the call will be to learn about the IMD exclusion, the exceptions, and what this means for Indian Country.

When: June 9, 2015, 4:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Call-in Information: 1-888-490-2759, Participant passcode: 617132

More Information (PDF)

Posted: May 11, 2015

Fort Peck Hosts a Trauma-Informed Prevention and Intervention Conference

The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, Fort Peck Community College (FPCC), Indian Health Service (IHS), Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA), and representatives from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (NIH CC) are partnering on the symposium aimed at understanding and addressing violence within the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. This important event will take place May 27-29, 2015 in Poplar, MT and feature presentations and panel discussions with experts in the areas of trauma prevention and intervention. Goals of the symposium are to:

  • Engage the community about the prevalence and impacts of current and historical trauma on health across the lifespan,
  • Discuss community-based approaches to address trauma, and
  • Provide an opportunity to develop a plan to become a trauma-informed tribal community.

Registration for the Fort Peck Health and Resilience Symposium: Creating a Trauma-Informed Tribal Community is now live! You can register for this free event at:

In addition to community members, professionals in the fields of medicine, nursing, social work, education, the judiciary system, and law enforcement are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions about the event, please email the Planning Committee at [email protected], or contact Paula Fire Moon at (406) 768-6330.

Posted: May 8, 2015

Forum Puts Spotlight on Indigenous Youth

Indigenous peoples suffer great risk of suicide. For example, in some regions the suicide rate among young indigenous women and men is five to six times the rate of non-indigenous youths. Some communities report even higher rates. The alarming over-representation of suicide among indigenous youth was one of the main topics during the two-week long 14th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which concluded on May 1. Click here to read more.

Posted: May 7, 2015

Call for Papers for Summit on Traumatic Brain Injury and Native Americans

We hope you will join us in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 19th through the 21st for the 2015 Summit on Traumatic Brain Injury and Native Americans. The Summit is an opportunity to share best practices, discuss common concerns and make new connections as we work to improve the quality of life of Native Americans with traumatic brain injuries. You can learn more about the Summit on the web page:

And a quick reminder that the deadline for Call for Papers for the Summit on Traumatic Brain Injury and Native Americans is approaching. The deadline is May 22, 2015. Please contact Lyn Wilson-King for any questions.

The Summit is seeking proposals on evidence-based policies, programs or services in five areas:
  • The epidemiology of brain injury among Native Americans, including evidence on prevalence, incidence, comorbidity and demographics of Native Americans with traumatic brain injuries;
  • Increasing the knowledgeability of health and other service providers about culturally appropriate approaches to increasing awareness among Native Americans about brain injury, screening, and prevention;
  • Advances in state of the art medical and rehabilitation treatments that allow Native Americans with traumatic brain injuries to reintegrate into their communities and live as independently as possible;
  • The use of indigenous healing practices in the treatment of brain injury and examples of successful integration with western medicine; and
  • Non-medical short- and long-term services, including culturally appropriate peer support, information and resources, alternative therapies, advocacy and respite among Native Americans with brain injuries.

Information on how to submit a proposal or register for the Summit may be found on the Summit web page. If you have any questions, please contact Lyn Wilson-King at LWi[email protected].


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