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The Tribal TTA Center offers training and technical assistance to support promotion of mental health in tribal communities and honor self-determination.

SAMHSA provides culturally appropriate training and technical assistance (TTA) to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities to address and prevent mental and substance use disorders and suicide and to promote mental health. The TTA guides tribal infrastructure development, capacity building, and program planning and implementation. Learn more about our processes and approach in the Community Guide to TA (PDF | 2.9 MB).

The purpose of the Tribal TTA Center is to provide Broad, Focused, and Intensive TTA to federally recognized tribes and other AI/AN communities.

  • Broad TTA serves all AI/AN tribes, communities, and organizations.
  • Focused TTA is offered for SAMHSA tribal grantees.
  • Intensive TTA is provided for AI/AN communities with high levels of need that have been identified through a selection process.

The Tribal TTA Center helps Native communities build local capacity and skills, and supports them in advancing their prevention efforts. The Tribal TTA Center’s approach is built on the Strategic Cultural Framework.

Tribal TTA Center Objectives

The Tribal TTA Center’s objectives are to:

  • Provide culturally appropriate TTA for Native communities
  • Work with SAMHSA tribal grantees and other TTA contracts that serve tribal grantees
  • Leverage resources through collaboration
  • Assist communities in finding and using community-driven and culturally tailored evidence-based practices and interventions
  • Assist tribes seeking to develop under the Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Act of the Tribal Law and Order Act Amendments of 2010
  • Increase protective factors linked to the health and safety of Native communities and families

How TTA Is Delivered

  • National and regional trainings
  • Gathering of Native Americans/Gathering of Alaska Natives
  • Learning communities
  • Assistance with TAPs
  • Onsite and virtual technical assistance
  • Production and dissemination of resources
  • Intensive community engagement
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