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Strategic Plan

In 2011, IHS published a behavioral health strategic plan and a briefing book detailing goals and objectives for dealing with suicide, 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 American Indian/Alaska Native National Behavioral Health Strategic Plan 2011–2015 [PDF - 1.5 MB] provides guidance to develop Tribal, Urban, and IHS behavioral health programs. A mutually supportive system is created by emphasizing sobriety, community, elders, and positive youth development for cultural renewal and wellness, which provides a strong foundation for effective behavioral health services.


BH Briefing Book cover

The American Indian/Alaska Native Behavioral Health Briefing Book [PDF - 1.5 MB] provides a brief history of alcohol and substance abuse efforts in Indian Country, illustrates the serious behavioral health issues faced by American Indian/Alaska Native communities, profiles behavioral health activities, and presents an overview of funding opportunities.