Programs for Native Youth
The Native Youth Educational Services Workgroup provides information about programs and resources that address substance use disorders among Native youth.
The Native Youth Educational Services Workgroup, part of the Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Interdepartmental Coordinating Committee, serves as a resource to tribes and Indian Country. It includes:
- A chair from the Department of the Interior (DOI)
- A co-chair from SAMHSA
- Members from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), DOI, Department of Justice, and Department of Education
The workgroup continues to gather and organize youth-focused information. Email suggestions, such as educational opportunities, youth-focused conferences, and judicial resources, to Jean Plaschke, public health advisor, at [email protected](link sends e-mail).
The workgroup updates and maintains a Prevention and Education support document (PDF | 360 KB).
- Stop Underage Drinking provides federal resources on underage drinking and ideas for addressing this issue.
- Youth.gov includes information to create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. It includes youth facts, funding information, and tools to help assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest youth-related news.
Department of Education
- The Health and Well-Being of American Indian and Alaska Native Children: Parental Report from the National Survey of Children’s Health — 2013 (PDF | 8.3 MB), from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is a comprehensive data source on American Indian and Alaska Native children, based on a 2007 national survey.
- Office of Adolescent Health offers information and programs to improve the health and well-being of adolescents.
- The Indian Health Service’s Youth Regional Treatment Centers address issues of substance use and co-occurring disorders among American Indian and Alaska Native youth.
- The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, sponsored by the Family and Youth Services Bureau, works to end youth homelessness, teen pregnancy, and family violence.
Several SAMHSA grants, programs, campaigns, and technical assistance centers offer youth-focused resources:
- The Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) provides responsive, tailored, and outcome-focused training and technical assistance to prevent and reduce substance use disorders and associated public health issues.
- Medication-Assisted Treatment describes the use of medications, in combination with behavioral therapy, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI)improves awareness, treatment, and services for youth and families affected by child trauma.
- The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) promotes adoption of scientifically established behavioral health interventions and includes a searchable registry of intervention programs.
- Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for people with substance use disorders or who are at risk of developing these disorders.
- The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) uses a five-step process designed to promote youth development, reduce risk-taking behaviors, build assets and resilience, and prevent problem behaviors in the future.
- The Synar program monitors state compliance with the Synar Amendment, which requires states to have laws in place prohibiting the sale and distribution of tobacco products to people under age of 18.
- Too Smart to Start helps youth, families, educators, and communities prevent underage alcohol use and its related problems.
- The Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Centerprovides training and technical assistance on mental and substance use disorders and suicide prevention to federally recognized tribes, other American Indian and Alaska Native communities, SAMHSA tribal grantees, and organizations.
- Communities That Care(link is external) is a coalition-based community prevention system that uses a public health approach to prevent problem behaviors among youth.
- The Center for Native American Youth(link is external) is dedicated to improving the health, safety, and overall well-being of Native youth through communication, policy development, and advocacy, with special emphasis on suicide prevention.
- The National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children(link is external)works to break the cycle of abuse and neglect by empowering practitioners who work to transform the lives of children and families living in drug environments.
- The Center for Mental Health in Schools at the University of California-Los Angeles(link is external) pursues theory, research, practice, and training related to addressing mental health and psycho-social concerns through school-based interventions.
- We R Native(link is external) is a comprehensive health resource for Native youth, by Native youth.
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