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IHS Division of Behavioral Health

This program combines services for mental health, social services, and alcoholism and substance abuse.

IHS Community Suicide Prevention
The Community Suicide Prevention website provides AI/AN communities with culturally appropriate information about best and promising practices, training opportunities, and other relevant information regarding suicide prevention and intervention.

IHS Health Manual 
     Part 3, Chapter 8, Social Work Services 
     Part 3, Chapter 14, Mental Health Programs 
     Part 3, Chapter 18, Alcohol/Substance Abuse Programs

IHS Maternal Child Health
The Violence against Native Women page on the Maternal Child Health website provides information on violence against Native women.

IHS National Suicide Prevention Committee 
     Brochure (pdf 644kb)

IHS RPMS Integrated Behavioral Health System
This site serves as a central repository for the most current information on the existing RPMS behavioral health applications and future application development.

Professional Licensing and Certification

Board of Behavioral Sciences Exit Disclaimer – You Are Leaving

The BBS is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT); Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW); Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP); MFT Interns; and Associate Clinical Social Workers (ASW) in the State of California.

Board of Psychology Exit Disclaimer – You Are Leaving 
The California Board of Psychology protects the safety and welfare of consumers of psychological services.

Counselor Certification Regulations Exit Disclaimer – You Are Leaving 
The California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs has counselor certification regulations specifically naming counselor certifying organizations for the purpose of certifying alcohol and drug counselors working in California.

Indian Alcoholism Commission of California, Inc. Exit Disclaimer – You Are Leaving 
The overall goal of the American Indian Certification of Substance Abuse Counselors/Administrators program will be to increase the effectiveness of substance abuse programs in Indian Communities.

Facility Licensing and Certification

Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) Licensing Exit Disclaimer – You Are Leaving

The ADP has the sole authority in state government to license adult alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment facilities.

Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) Certification Exit Disclaimer – You Are Leaving 
In addition to facility licensure, ADP provides a voluntary facility certification process to identify those programs which exceed minimum levels of service quality and are in substantial compliance with State program standards. Certification is available to both residential and nonresidential programs.

Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division Exit Disclaimer – You Are Leaving 
The CCLD licenses group homes which are facilities of any capacity and provide 24-hour non-medical care and supervision to children in a structured environment. Group Homes provide social, psychological, and behavioral programs for troubled youths.

State Agencies

Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs Native American Constituent Committee Exit Disclaimer – You Are Leaving

The Native American Constituent Committee was established to advise and assist the ADP’s Director and Executive Staff in developing strategies to plan and support culturally-competent alcohol and other drug abuse, prevention, and recovery services.

Department of Mental Health Exit Disclaimer – You Are Leaving 
The Office of Multicultural Services provides leadership direction to the Department of Mental Health (DMH) in promoting culturally competent mental health services within California’s Public Mental Health System.


California Rural Indian Heath Board, Inc., (CRIHB)  Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving

The CRIHB was formed to enable the provision of health care to member Tribes in California. It is devoted to the needs and interests of the Indians of rural California and is a network of Tribal Health Programs which are controlled and sanctioned by Indian people and their Tribal Governments.

Child Protection in Indian Country   Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving
A handbook for Indian Health Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs. Child maltreatment is a community problem; no single agency, individual, or discipline has the necessary knowledge, skills, or resources to provide the assistance needed by abused and neglected children and their families. This handbook addresses these issues.   Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving
Provides extensive information on the multitude of drugs out there as well as the different kinds of treatment options that are available.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center for Excellence – Native Initiative   Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving 
The Native Initiative is a project that addresses fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian populations.

Mending the Sacred Hoop   Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving
Mending the Sacred Hoop Technical Assistance Project is a Native American program that provides training and technical assistance to American Indian and Alaskan Native relations in the effort to eliminate violence in the lives of women and their children.

National Council on Urban Indian Health (NCUIH)   Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving
NCUIH is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization devoted to support and develop quality accessible healthcare programs for all American Indian and Alaska Natives living in urban communities through advocacy, training, education, and leadership development.

National Indian Child Welfare Association   Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving
The most 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.

National Indian Health Board (NIHB)   Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving
The NIHB, a non-profit organization, conducts research, policy analysis, program assessment and development, national and regional meeting planning, training and technical assistance programs, and project management.

National Indian Justice   Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving
Nonprofit organization established and operated by Native Americans to assist Indians with tribal court systems and the administration of justice in Indian country.

National Native American AIDS Prevention Center  Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving
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.

One Sky Center   Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving
One Sky Center is a National Resource Center for American Indians and Alaska Natives. It is dedicated to improving prevention and treatment of substance abuse and mental health across Indian Country.

Sacred Circle   Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving
A National Resource Center to end violence against Native women, is a project of Cangleska, Inc., a nonprofit, tribally chartered organization located within the boundaries of the Oglala Lakota Nation on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Cangleska, Inc. is nationally recognized for its effective domestic violence and sexual assault prevention/intervention services.

Tribal Law and Policy Institute   Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving
The Tribal Law and Policy Institute is a Native American owned and operated non-profit corporation organized to design and deliver education, research, training, and technical assistance programs which promote the enhancement of justice in Indian country and the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples.

University of Washington School of Social Work - Indigenous Wellness Research Institute  Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving
A University of Washington School of Social Work program which collaborates with Indigenous peoples in decolonizing research, training and knowledge sharing.

White Bison  Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving
White Bison offers sobriety, recovery, addictions prevention, and wellness/Wellbriety learning resources to the Native American community nationwide.