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IHS Behavioral Health Strategic Plan

The Indian Health Service has published a strategic plan and briefing book that lay out goals and objectives for dealing with alcoholism, substance abuse, and other behavioral health issues in Indian Country.

To download copies, click on the links below. To request paper copies for a meeting or a group, please contact the Division of Behavioral Health.


BH Strategic Plan cover

The National Behavioral Health Strategic Plan, 2011–2015 [PDF - 1.5 MB] guides mental health providers and the substance abuse treatment they provide in the Indian health system. This plan offers objectives to develop tribal, Urban, and IHS behavioral health programs in a mutually supportive system by realizing cultural renewal and wellness through an emphasis on sobriety, community, elders, and positive youth development, and building a strong foundation for effective behavioral health services.


BH Briefing Book cover

The Behavioral Health Briefing Book [PDF - 1.5 MB] offers an introduction to and historical background on behavioral health issues for tribal leaders who direct community health policy. The book gives a brief history of alcohol and substance abuse efforts in Indian Country, illustrates the serious behavioral health issues faced by Native American communities, profiles behavioral health activities, and presents an overview of funding opportunities.