Tribal Specific Resources

The Following is a resource list of National Tribal-Specific / Tribal supportive organizations, programs, and resources dedicated to the health and well-being of our Tribal citizens. The following list is not a complete list and partners to advance Tribal Mental Health policies, education, access, utilization, and support will continually be pursued by the NIHB to move our mission forward.

Organizations, Programs, and Resources:

National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH)

The National Council of Urban Indian Health is a 501(c)(3), membership-based organization devoted to support and development of quality, accessible, and culturally sensitive health care programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives living in urban communities. NCUIH fulfills its mission by serving as a resource center providing advocacy, education, training, and leadership for urban Indian health care providers. NCUIH strives for healthy American Indians and Alaska Natives living in urban settings, supported by quality, accessible health care centers and governed by leaders in the Indian community.

Web Link: http://www.ncuih.org/index

American Indian National Housing Council (AINHC)

The National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) was founded in 1974 as a 501(c)(3) corporation. NAIHC is the only national organization representing housing interests of Native people who reside in Indian communities, Alaska Native Villages, and on native Hawaiian Home Lands. The NAIHC is composed of 271 members representing 463 tribes and housing organizations. NAIHC also has associate and individual members and organizations that support our mission. NAIHC is guided by a 10-member Board of Directors representing Native housing entities in nine geographical regions throughout the United States. NAIHC promotes and supports Native housing entities in their efforts to provide culturally relevant and quality affordable housing on behalf of Native people.

Web Link: http://www.naihc.net/

National Council of American Indian (NCAI)

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) was founded in 1944 in response to termination and assimilation policies that the United States forced upon the tribal governments in contradiction of their treaty rights and status as sovereigns. The National Congress of American Indians has been working to inform the public and Congress on the governmental rights of American Indians and Alaska Natives. NCAI serves to secure for ourselves and our descendants the rights and benefits to which we are entitled; to enlighten the public toward the better understanding of the Indian people; to preserve rights under Indian treaties or agreements with the United States; and to promote the common welfare of the American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Web Link: http://www.ncai.org/Home.9.0.html

National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is a national voice for American Indian children and families. NICWA is a private, non-profit, membership organization based in Portland, Oregon, that provide a comprehensive source of information on American Indian child welfare and the only national American Indian organization focused specifically on the tribal capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Web Link: http://www.nicwa.org/

National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA)

The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) advocates for improved comprehensive services to American Indian and Alaska Native elders. Since the organization was formed in 1976, by a group of tribal chairmen, it has evolved into the nation's foremost non-profit advocate for this population. As a national contractor currently operating the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), NICOA provides employment training opportunities for nearly a thousand elders in 14 states. The organization also partners with federal agencies, universities, and other aging organizations to conduct activities benefitting Indian elders.

Web Link: http://www.nicoa.org

National Native American Aids Prevention Center (NNAAPC)

The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) offers a variety of programs to help promote education about HIV/AIDS, support prevention efforts, and help foster healthy attitudes about sexuality and sexual health in the Native community. The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) helps organizations that serve Native communities to plan, develop and manage HIV/AIDS prevention, intervention, care and treatment programs.

Web Link: http://www.nnaapc.org/index.htm

American Association of Indian Physicians (AAIP)

The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) was founded in 1971 as an educational, scientific, and charitable non-profit corporation. AAIP’s mission is to pursue excellence in Native American health care by promoting education in the medical disciplines, honoring traditional healing principles and restoring the balance of mind, body, and spirit. AAIP also fosters forums where modern medicine combines with traditional healing to enhance health care delivery to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Web Link: http://www.aaip.org/

National Indian Gaming Associations (NIGA)

The common commitment and purpose of NIGA is to advance the lives of Indian peoples economically, socially and politically. NIGA operates as a clearinghouse and educational, legislative and public policy resource for tribes, policymakers and the public on Indian gaming issues and tribal community development. The mission of NIGA is to protect and preserve the general welfare of tribes striving for self-sufficiency through gaming enterprises in Indian Country. To fulfill its mission, NIGA works with the Federal government and Congress to develop sound policies and practices and to provide technical assistance and advocacy on gaming-related issues.

Web Link: http://www.indiangaming.org/index.shtml

National Tribal Environmental Council (NTEC)

The National Tribal Environmental Council (NTEC) is a 501©3 formed in 1991 dedicated to encourage federal governmental agencies to adopt and implement policies that fulfill the trust responsibility to tribes and that reflect the government-to-government relationship between tribes and the United States. NTEC works to promote an understanding of the environment based on traditional tribal cultural and spiritual values.

Web Link: http://www.ntec.org/

Indian Country Child Trauma Center at the University of Oklahoma

The Indian Country Child Trauma Center (ICCTC) was established to develop trauma-related treatment protocols, outreach materials, and service delivery guidelines specifically designed for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and their families. The Indian Country Child Trauma Center is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. It is housed at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. A current program includes Project Making Medicine (PMM).

Web Link:  http://www.icctc.org/

National Tribal Committees:

National Tribal Advisory Committee

Click here to view National Tribal Advisory Committee page

SAMHSA Tribal Technical Advisory Committee

Click here to view SAMHSA Tribal Technical Advisory Committee page


Tribal Specific Federal Grant Programs (Non-IHS)

Circles of Care

Circles of Care, A SAMHSA program, launched in 1998, the program gives tribes and urban Indian organizations 3-year grants to identify and analyze community needs systematically. The grants provide funding to develop culturally appropriate strategies that can be put into action effectively to serve young people with serious behavioral health challenges. Families of these youth also participate. At the foundation of the Circles of Care program is the idea of creating a system of care—a coordinated network of holistic, community-based services and supports to help meet the needs of children and youth with serious mental health challenges.

Web Link: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/PublicHealth/research/

Systems of Care

System of Care is grants for develop of a Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families (System of Care Expansion Planning Grants). The purpose of these grants is to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for improving and expanding services provided by systems of care (SOC) for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. A "system of care" is an organizational philosophy and framework that involves collaboration across agencies, families, and youth for the purpose of improving access and expanding the array of coordinated community-based, culturally and linguistically competent services and supports for children and youth with a serious emotional disturbance and their families.

Web Link: http://www.tapartnership.org/systemsOfCare.php

Access to Recovery (ATR)

ATR is a three year competitive discretionary grant program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. ATR is a presidential initiative which provides vouchers to clients for purchase of substance abuse clinical treatment and recovery support services. The goals of the program are to expand capacity, support client choice, and increase the array of faith-based and community based providers for clinical treatment and recovery support services.

Web Link: http://www.atr.samhsa.gov/

Native Aspirations

Established by SAMHSA in 2005, Native Aspirations provides a planning framework, training, technical assistance, and small grants for communities at the highest risk for youth violence, bullying, and suicides. The project empowers communities to draw on their own cultural traditions and strengths as they come together to grieve and heal, develop prevention plans, and implement evidence-based interventions against youth violence, bullying and suicide. Thirty-three communities are currently participating and an additional 32 communities will be invited to participate over the next four years.

Web Link: http://www.oneskycenter.org/mhsa/documents/


Behavioral Health Inquiries:

For Behavioral Health and MSPI inquiries:

NIHB Public Health Project Manager
Paul R. Allis, B.S.W, M. Ed

926 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202-507-4085
Email: [email protected]