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Division of Behavioral Health

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The mission of the Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) is to serve as the primary source of national advocacy, policy development, management and administration of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Behavioral Health, and Family Violence Prevention Programs for IHS, Area Offices, and Service Units. Working with AI/AN communities in partnership with Tribes, Tribal organizations, and urban Indian health organizations, DBH will coordinate national efforts to share knowledge and build capacity through the development and implementation of evidence/practice based and cultural-based practices in Indian Country.


The Division of Behavioral Health envisions American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities achieving the highest levels of well-being through culturally based initiatives that integrate traditional practices and Western medicine in the context of holistic, individual, family, and community health.