I met with the IHS Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee at its Quarterly Meeting in April in Washington, D.C. We discussed plans for the 2013 Annual Self Governance Conference and Consultation that occurred in May and several other issues, including budget and contract support costs. Here are pictures from the meeting.
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In March, I sent a letter [PDF - 192KB] to Tribes requesting input on the revised IHS Sexual Assault Policy. The IHS first established this policy in 2011, and has consulted with Tribes. The policy has been updated to reflect the comments received so far and sent to Tribes for further input. This blog is a reminder that the deadline for comments is June 14, 2013.
I recently sent a letter [PDF - 49KB] with enclosure [PDF - 34KB] to Tribes providing an update on the ongoing tribal consultation to improve the Indian Health Service Contract Health Services (CHS) program, which is the funding we use to pay for referrals and services in the private sector. I shared the third set of recommendations from the Director's Workgroup on Improving CHS. One of the outcomes of the workgroup was a recommendation to keep the CHS distribution formula for new funding increases the same, and to protect base CHS funding. Comments on the recommendations are welcomed.
I recently sent a letter [PDF - 57KB] to Tribes requesting input on the fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding distribution for the Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) and the Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI). The FY 2013 funding is for program activities starting September 1, 2013, for MSPI and August 1, 2013, for DVPI. The National Tribal Advisory Committee on Behavioral Health recommends continuing the same distribution for both initiatives for FY 2013 funding, and then consulting on the distribution of funding for FY 2014 and beyond. Comments are due June 5, 2013.