The Indian Health Service has published two strategic plans and a briefing book that lay out goals and objectives for dealing with suicide, alcoholism, substance abuse, and other behavioral health issues in Indian Country. Click on the links below to download your own copies. If you’d like multiple copies for a meeting or a group, please contact the Division of Behavioral Health.
The National Behavioral Health Strategic Plan, 2011–2015, [PDF – 1.5 MB] informs the practice of substance abuse treatment and mental health providers in the Indian health system. This strategic plan offers objectives to develop tribal, urban, and IHS behavioral health programs in a mutually supportive system. Its objectives also (a) realize cultural renewal and wellness through an emphasis on sobriety, community, elders, and positive youth development, and (b) build a strong foundation for effective behavioral health services.
The National Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan, 2011–2015, [PDF – 1.5 MB] addresses suicide prevention based on fostering collaborations across the entire Indian health system. This strategic plan is an integrated approach to reducing the loss and suffering from suicide and suicidal behaviors. It brings together multiple disciplines, perspectives, and resources to create a system in which services can be accessed by individuals, families, schools, and communities.
The Behavioral Health Briefing Book [PDF – 2.7 MB] offers an introduction and historical background on behavioral health issues for tribal leaders who direct health policy for their communities. The book gives a brief history of alcohol and substance abuse efforts in Indian Country. It paints a picture of the serious behavioral health issues faced by Native American communities. It presents an overview of funding opportunities and profiles behavioral health activities.