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Tribal Law and Order Act

Signing of the Tribal Law and Order Act

On July 29, 2010, President Obama signed the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov . The TLOA amends the Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1986, expanding the number of Federal agencies who are required to coordinate their efforts on alcohol and substance abuse issues in American Indian/Alaska Native communities.

Tribal Action Planning

There are programs and resources available to help tribes develop a Tribal Action Plan (TAP). The TAP is a strategic public health and safety plan that coordinates resources and programs to help tribes address substance use disorders in their communities. TAPs assist tribal communities in a variety of ways:

  • Assesses the scope of the tribe’s alcohol and substance abuse problems
  • Identify and align available resources and programs focused on prevention and treatment
  • Establish and prioritize unique goals, as well as progress in meeting the goals
  • Identify the roles of community stakeholders and family members in addressing the unique community concerns

Tribes may access additional assistance offered by federal partners:

TAP Guidelines

The Tribal Action Plan Guidelines [PDF - 411 KB]Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  were developed by the TAP workgroup and the Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Interdepartmental Coordinating Committee published the TAP Guidelines in 2011. The guidelines offer four model frameworks that tribes may utilize to customize TAPs to meet their unique community’s needs: