Building Partnerships for BH Access
Partnering with providers and systems outside of the Indian health system is critical to increase access to behavioral health services for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Tribes may want to consider engaging in conversations with potential partners that cover the well-being, rights, and interests of tribal communities. One resource that may be helpful in guiding those conversations with non-IHS and non-tribal partners is the Building Partnerships: Key Considerations When Engaging Underserved Communities resource from the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities.
Partners in Behavioral Health
Knowing who to contact outside of the Indian health system is important in building partnerships in behavioral health. SAMHSA Regional Administrators and other State-based agencies provide resources on publicly funded behavioral health services. A resource document [PDF - 769 KB] has been compiled and organized by each State with points of contact for behavioral health services.
Cultural Awareness Resource
Tribes may want to consider providing cultural information and/or training specific for their communities to non-IHS and non-tribal partners as a co-learning opportunity. Another resource that Tribes may want to consider sharing is SAMHSA’s A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness
Access and Revenue Resources
- Indian Health Service Purchased/Referred Care Resources
- Indian Health Service Division of Business Office Enhancement
- Indian Health Manual, Part 5 Management Services, Chapter 1 and the
- Revenue Operations Manual
Telebehavioral Health Resources
- Indian Health Service Telebehavioral Health Center of Excellence
- Toolkit [PDF - 98 KB]: general information about telebehavioral services and requirements
- Checklist [PDF - 125 KB] : detailed list for site readiness
- Health Resources and Services Administration Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Care through Technology