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These Tribal TTA Center webinars detail tools for planning and building community capacity to prevent suicide and substance use and promote mental health. These webinars are currently under review and may not be available at this time. We are working to update the webinars as soon as possible.

These tools include Community Readiness Assessments, Gathering of Native Americans/Gathering of Alaska Natives events, and Tribal Action Plans.

To learn more about involving communities in wellness efforts, see Community Collaboration Webinars. To receive announcements for upcoming webinars, sign up for the Tribal TTA Center’s email list.

Assembling a Grants Package

The following series focuses on strategies for effectively responding to a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) while keeping your unique community in mind. Part 1 discusses increasing your understanding of how SAMHSA NOFOs are organized; reviewing the structure and elements of a standard SAMHSA NOFO; and suggestions and tips based on the presenter’s years of experience. Part 2 provides a step-by-step review of the grant structure and suggestions for a strategic response from your community.

Building Strong Sovereign Nations

A three-part series which will examine common elements of tribal governance. A comprehensive understanding of these components is provided to offer insight that might better allow you to create community-based behavioral wellness programs for tribal members.

Language, Culture, and Intervention

Language, Culture, and Intervention: A three-part series devoted to discussing resources that will increase the impact of your program while using cultural components that are unique to tribes and your community specifically.

Suicide Prevention

This series is dedicated to sharing effective resources, strategies and models focused on suicide prevention in native communities. It is important that tribes and urban native communities have access to programs that can be modified to reflect the cultural norms and traditions of their region. Guests will discuss how they have adapted programs to their own communities, and the importance of community readiness in the success of any prevention program.

Community Readiness Model

The Community Readiness Model is a nine-stage tool that supports communities in understanding their readiness to promote healthy community change and targeting prevention efforts.

Community Readiness and Suicide Prevention

Healing Our Relatives

Gathering of Native Americans/Gathering of Alaska Native

The Gathering of Native Americans/Gathering of Alaska Natives (GONA/GOAN) training is a positive, strengths-based, community-changing prevention curriculum for tribal nations.

Capacity Building



Tribal Action Plan

Tribal Action Plan webinars are available to help tribes create a plan for rebuilding hope and addressing substance use disorders in their communities.

Developing a Tribal Action Plan

  • TAP Module 1 Exploring Gathering and Resource (1 hour, 34 minutes)
    Module 1 focuses on exploring, gathering, and harvesting knowledge and resources. Here we explore the origins, key elements and benefits of the Tribal Law and Order Act TAP. Participants will understand the similarities between a program SAP and a TAP, and how a TAP helps tribes align, leverage, and coordinate existing and future federal, state, and tribal resources. Other topics featured are community readiness, community partners, local data gathering tools, and seeing healing as a primary focus of TAP development.
  • TAP Module 2 Planning and Preparing (1 hour, 4 minutes)
    Module 2 looks at the role of leadership, community engagement in developing a vision and mission statement, and review of local data, including community readiness model scores. We will look at strategies to guide development as well as map local assets and resources, assess existing capacity, and determine smart goals, objectives, and activities. This module will explore elements of a social marketing and communication plan.
  • TAP Module 3 Acting and Adjusting (1 hour, 13 minutes)
    Module 3 explores timelines and budgeting for goals, determining trainings, joint trainings, assembling a crisis response team, and addressing barriers to implementation. We will also discuss a communication plan, ways to mobilize a community, and a shared crisis intervention protocol.
  • TAP Module 4 Assessing and Revising (1 hour, 9 minutes)
    Module 4 looks at evaluation, outcomes, and making regular reviews for necessary course corrections. Other topics include weaving in cultural teachings and language, researching federal and private grants, and using the TAP as a unifying strength for tribal sovereignty
  • Resources to Help Develop and Support a Tribal Action Plan (TAP) (1 hour)
    This webinar describes the purpose of a Tribal Action Plan (TAP) and reviews resources for writing and funding, and answers common questions about TAP development. TAP’s purpose is to create an opportunity for tribes to proactively address alcohol/substance misuse, self-identify existing strengths and resources in the community, assess prevention and treatment needs, coordinate resources, identify gaps, and develop a strategic action plan.

Using a Tribal Action Plan

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