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Collaborations and Initiatives

Federal Collaborations

Veterans at the 2010 BH conference

Office of Tribal Government Relations

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Tribal Government Relations (OTGR)Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov works to strengthen and build closer relations between the VA, tribal governments and other key federal, state, private, and non-profit partners. The OTGR effectively and respectfully serves Veterans across Indian Country by facilitating VA’s Tribal Consultation Policy, increased access to healthcare, and economic sustainability.

National Agreements between VA and the Indian Health Service

A 2012 reimbursement agreement allows IHS pharmacies to use the VA Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy (CMOP)Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov to process and mail prescription refills for IHS patients.

In December, 2012 the VA entered into a national agreement with IHS to reimburse IHS for direct care services provided to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native VeteransExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov, allowing them expanded access to care near their homes.

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Established in 1824, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov, provides services to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. The (BIA) provides natural resources management services, as well as social services such as law enforcement and detention services and administration of tribal courts.

Bureau of Indian Education

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov provides quality education opportunities in accordance with a tribe’s needs for cultural and economic well-being to NA/AN's of all ages

Health Resources and Services Administration

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.govimproves health care services access for the uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable, and supports health care providers in the U.S.and territories. HRSA partners with Tribal communities and Federal agencies including as IHS to increase access to health professionals and health centers.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse is responsible for aligning, leveraging and coordinating with federal agencies and departments in carrying out the responsibilities delineated in the Tribal Law and Order Act. The Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Interagency Coordinating CommitteeExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov is a collaboration across federal agencies to address alcohol and substance abuse issues, including DOI's (Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education), DOJ's (Office of Justice Programs, Office of Tribal Justice) and HHS' (IHS and other agencies in charge of assisting Indian Country).

Tribal Collaborations

Established in 1972, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB)Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov is a non-profit tribal advisory organization serving the 43 federally recognized tribes of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. NPAIHB has worked with IHS on such projects as Public Service Campaigns against substance abuse and domestic violence.

The National Council of Urban Indian HealthExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.govis devoted to supporting its membership in developing quality, accessible, and culturally competent healthcare programs for Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives.

The National Indian Health BoardExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.govprovides a variety of services to tribes, Area Health Boards, Tribal organizations, federal agencies, and private foundations.

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.govis the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities.

National Initiatives

Tribal Forensic Healthcare Program

Through the Tribal Forensic Healthcare ProgramExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov, the Indian Health Service (IHS) has funded the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) to develop, deliver, and evaluate in-person and web-based training related to the identification, collection, and preservation of medical forensic evidence obtained during the treatment of victims of sexual and domestic violence.

American Indian/Native American SANE/SART Program Initiative

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)/Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Program AI/AN InitiativeExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov is a partnership between IHS and the DOJ Office on Victims of Crime (OVC). The goal of SANE/SART is to restore the dignity, respect, and mental and physical health of victims of sexual assault in Indian Country, and ensure more effective and victim-centered investigations and prosecutions.