Behavioral Health Clinical Resources

Below are up-to-date behavioral health resources for clinicians and clinical administrators.

General Info

Indigenous Mental Health (NAMI)
Essential information for providers working with Indigenous populations; includes common barriers to accessing mental health care, important care considerations for providers, as well as relevant resources.

TIP 61: Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives (SAMSHA)
This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) serves as a primer for working with AI/AN individuals; designed to help behavioral health service providers improve their cultural competence and provide culturally responsive, engaging, holistic, trauma-informed services.

COVID-19

Aging & COVID-19: Vaccination, Mental and Physical Health, and Isolation (NIHCM)
This infographic explores aging during COVID-19, vaccine hesitancy in older adults and those who take care of them, the long term effects the pandemic will have on long-term care settings and how we address aging in the United States.

Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction Clinical Resources for Providers Serving American Indian and Alaska Native People (Indian Country ECHO)
Comprehensive list of harm reduction resources for I/T/U providers serving American Indian and Alaskan Native communities.

Trauma-Informed Care

Historical Trauma Among Native Americans (TPCJ)
Article that systematically examines the theoretical underpinnings of historical trauma among Native Americans in order to assist professional counselors in understanding how traumas that occurred decades ago continue to impact clients today.

Trauma-Informed Services for Those Serving AI/AN People (ACF)
Resources to help clinicians provide trauma-informed care to AI/AN people.

Trauma-Informed and Historical Trauma-Informed Care for Supervisors (IHS)
Training for supervisors on providing trauma-informed and historical trauma-informed care.

A Circle of Healing: Grief, Loss, and Trauma (ICTCC)
Diagram on healing from grief, loss and trauma.

Trauma-Informed Care (NICWA)
Handout on the impacts of trauma on Native children developed by the National Indian Child Welfare Association.

Screening, Assessment & Surveillance

Alcohol and Substance Use Screening Tools (IHS)
Screening tools for primary care providers to assist in early identification and intervention of alcohol and substance use related disorders.

Suicide and Self-Injury Surveillance Systems (CAIH)
Surveillance project by the Johns Hopkins’ Center for American Indian Health and the White Mountain Apache Tribe to monitor youth suicidal incidents, including suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, suicide completions, and non-suicidal self-injury.

Testing and Assessment with Communities of Color (APA)
Psychological assessment considerations for specific communities of color, including AI/AN communities.

Substance Use

Substance Use Clinical Resources for Providers Serving American Indian and Alaska Native People (Indian Country ECHO)
Substance use disorder materials for I/T/U providers serving American Indian and Alaskan Native communities.

Opioid Use Resources for Providers Serving Native People (NPAIHB)
Opioid use disorder materials for I/T/U providers serving American Indian and Alaskan Native communities.

Substance User Coercion Palm Card (NCDVTMH)
This reference card provides a quick guide for mental health and substance use recovery support specialists, healthcare providers, advocates, and anyone working with survivors who may use substances. Also available in 8.5 x 11 format.

Patient Education Tools

Behavioral Health Resources for American Indian and Alaska Native Community Members (Indian Country ECHO)
Behavioral health patient education materials for providers serving AI/AN community members.

Substance Use Resources for Native People (Indian Country ECHO)
Substance use disorder patient education materials for providers serving AI/AN community members.

Opioid Use Resources for Native People (NPAIHB)
Opioid use disorder materials, including handouts and videos, developed for AI/AN community members.

Harm Reduction Resources for American Indian and Alaska Native People (Indian Country ECHO)
Resources for AI/AN community members on reducing the risks of using substances.

Telehealth

Implementation and Considerations of Tribal Telehealth Programs (RHIH)
Guidance on implementing telehealth programs serving rural Tribal communities.

Step-by-Step Guide for Setting up Telebehavioral Health Services (IHS)
A step-by-step guide to assist I/T/U clinics in establishing telehealth services for behavioral health.

Telehealth and Privacy: Tips and Guidance for SUD and Mental Health Treatment Providers (CeE-PHI)
Federal guidance for SUD and mental health treatment providers on maintaining privacy while providing telehealth services.

Top Seven Telehealth Privacy Considerations for SUD Treatment and Recovery Support Providers (CoE-PHI)
8-part podcast on privacy considerations for SUD and recovery support telehealth providers.

Understanding the New Changes to 42 CFR Part 2 (CoE-PHI)
Video to assist providers in understanding the changes to substance use confidentiality regulations in 42 CFR Part 2.

Fact Sheet: SAMHSA 42 CFR Part 2 Revised Rule (CoE-PHI)
Fact sheet to assist providers in understanding the changes to substance use confidentiality regulations in 42 CFR Part 2.

Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues.

Trauma-Informed and Historical Trauma-Informed Care for Supervisors (IHS)
Training for supervisors on providing trauma-informed and historical trauma-informed care.

835 & 837 Training | HIPAA Training (IHS)
Free HIPPA training for clinicians offered by the Indian Health Service.

Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

Technical Assistance and Capacity Building (Indian Country ECHO)
Free service designed to optimize IHS, tribal, and urban clinic policies, enhance care delivery for patients, and build community capacity to prevent and treat complex medical conditions, including substance use disorders.

Substance Use Warmline
Free confidential service that provides on-demand clinical recommendations from experts on effectively treating patients with substance use disorders; designed for providers practicing at IHS, tribal, and urban facilities.

Practitioner Training (SAMHSA)
Tools, training, and technical assistance for practitioners in the field of substance use and mental health disorders.