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Programs and Initiatives

IHS Opioid Use Disorder and Pain

Created for clinical personnel and patients, the Indian Health Service’s Opioid Use Disorder and Pain website includes information, best practices, policies, and procedures about managing chronic pain, including prescribing opioids while preventing their illegal or harmful use.

Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (SASP) Program

The Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention (SASP) program serves to expand community-level access to effective, urban AI/AN methamphetamine and/or suicide prevention and treatment programs and enhance evidence- or practice-based methamphetamine and/or suicide prevention or treatment programs and/or community mobilization programs.

Youth Regional Treatment Centers (YRTC)

The mission of the Youth Regional Treatment Centers is to provide quality, holistic behavioral health care for AI/AN adolescents and their families in a substance-free, residential environment that integrates healing, spiritual values and cultural identification.

Cooperative Agreement

Preventing Alcohol-Related Deaths (PARD) through Social Detoxification

Preventing Alcohol-Related Deaths (PARD) through Social Detoxification is an IHS cooperative agreement in the Navajo and Great Plains areas to increase access to community-based prevention strategies that provide social detoxification, evaluation, stabilization, fostering patient readiness for and entry into treatment for alcohol use, and other substance use disorders. Grantees needed to have a fully operational and staffed social detoxification program that provided all three critical components of the detoxification process primarily to American Indians.

In 2017, IHS awarded $2,000,000 in funding to the City of Gallup ($1,500,000) and the Oglala Sioux Tribe($500,000) to provide substance abuse treatment, residential services, and detoxification services to address alcohol-related tribal deaths in areas with urgent need. The project period was for five years and ran consecutively from September 30, 2017, to September 29, 2022.

View the list of PARD grantees by state [PDF - 64 KB].

Read the 2017 Fiscal Year funding announcement Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  [PDF - 268 KB].