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National Tribal Advisory Committee (NTAC) on Behavioral Health

NTAC Membership

NTAC is composed of a representative and an alternate from each IHS Area. Members are nominated by IHS Area Directors in discussion with Tribal leaders, and all nominees must be elected Tribal leaders or a designee selected by Tribal leaders. Nominations are forwarded to the IHS Director to be appointed to serve on the committee.

Representatives (both primary representatives and alternates) serve on NTAC through the end of their term of elected Tribal office or a maximum of four years. Members and alternates who are still serving in an elected Tribal office can be re-nominated and re-appointed when their initial term expires.

Mission and Role

The mission of NTAC is to:

  1. Enhance the government-to-government relationship between IHS and American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribal governments; and
  2. Advise the IHS Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) in improving programming and service delivery throughout the Indian Health System and setting national priorities in behavioral health. The NTAC has a unique role in providing ongoing input from Tribal leaders to the IHS DBH in the development and implementation of behavioral health care for approximately 2 million AI/ANs. They act as an advisory body to DBH and to the IHS Director, with the aim of providing guidance and recommendations on programmatic issues that affect the delivery of behavioral health care for AI/ANs.

Goal

The NTAC’s goal is to offer guidance to DBH and the IHS Director in the development of behavioral health care services throughout the network of IHS, Tribal, and Urban health programs that makes up the current Indian health system. A second goal is to ensure that the behavioral health services provided throughout the Indian health system are as integrated, widely available, and as culturally appropriate as possible.

History

NTAC was formed in 2008 to assist with the tribal consultation aspect of behavioral health policy and programming, so that IHS and Tribal governments would have an official channel to consult about the governmental impacts of behavioral health programming and Tribal communities’ behavioral health care needs. In conjunction with NTAC’s policy and advocacy focus, the BHWG provides subject matter expertise on behavioral health programming and needs. Since NTAC’s formation, NTAC and BHWG have collaborated on a variety of issues, most notably the development of two national strategic plans on behavioral health and suicide prevention.

National Tribal Advisory Committee (NTAC) Roster

Alaska Area

Jennifer Showalter Yeoman—Representative
Chairperson
Kenaitze Indian Tribe

Chanda K. Aloysius, MBA—Alternate
Vice President, Behavioral Services Division
Southcentral Foundation

Albuquerque Area

Frederick Vigil—Representative
Tribal Administrator
Tesuque Pueblo Administration, Inc.

Alternate To Be Determined

Bemidji Area

Lana Causley—Representative
Tribal Administrator
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe

Hunter Genia—Alternate
Behavioral Health Administrator
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Billings Area

Representative To Be Determined

Alternate To Be Determined

California Area

Robert Marquez —Representative
Chariman
Cold Springs Rancheria

Michael Thom —Alternate
Vice-Chariman
Karuk Tribe of California

Great Plains Area

Jesse Taken Alive—Representative
Committee Chair, Health, Education and Welfare Committee
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Chig LaDue —Alternate
Chairman
Trenton Indian Service Area

Nashville Area

Cheryl Frye-Cromwell—Representative
Tribal Council
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Dolly Barnes—Alternate
Director of Child and Family Services
Passamaquoddy Tribe

Navajo Area

Theresa Galvan—Representative
Legislative Assistant
Navajo Nation

Rex Lee Jim—Alternate
Vice President, Office of the President and Vice President
Navajo Nation

Oklahoma City Area

Leonard Harjo—Representative
Principal Chief
Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

Alternate To Be Determined

Phoenix Area

Terry Rambler—Representative
Chairman
San Carlos Apache Tribe

Alternate To Be Determined

Portland Area

Representative To Be Determined

Cassandra Sellards Reck—Alternate
Tribal Council Member
Cowlitz Tribe

Tucson Area

Alternate To Be Determined

Arthur Wilson—Alternate
Legislative Council Member
Tohono O’odham Nation Legislative Council