Contribution by Denise Middlebrook, PhD

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published a series of articles called the TIP Series – Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPS). TIPS are a series of best-practice manuals for the treatment of substance use and other related disorders. TIPs deal with all aspects of substance abuse treatment, from intake procedures to screening and assessment to various treatment methodologies and referral to other avenues of care. TIPs also deal with administrative and programmatic issues such as funding, inter-agency collaboration, training, accreditation, and workforce development. Some TIPs also cover ancillary topics that tend to be associated with substance abuse treatment, such as co-occurring mental health problems, criminal justice issues, housing, and primary care.

Whether you are Native American yourself, or a non-native working in a Behavioral Health setting in Indian Country, you should always strive to improve cultural competency and responsivity to the American Indian and Alaska Native clients that you serve. In 2018 SAMHSA published TIP 61: Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives. This TIP serves as a primer for working with individuals who work with American Indian and Alaska Native clients in behavioral health settings. It aims to help behavioral health service providers improve their cultural competence and provide culturally responsive, engaging, holistic, trauma-informed services to American Indian and Alaska Native clients. The TIP presents culturally adapted approaches for the prevention and treatment of addiction and mental illness, as well as counselor competencies for providing behavioral health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives.

TIP 61: Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives can be accessed in the digital toolkit through this link: TIP 61: Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives (PDF)

Training Opportunities

Maria Griffin looked around and found these opportunities for your consideration. New events are indicated by **NEW**

If you hear of any training opportunities that you think might be interesting to the cohort, feel free to send them to Denise, Maria at, or Tracy Kieffer at

“Journey to Wellness” Conference
Association of American Indian Physicians
Call for Abstracts: Due March 6, 2020
August 5 – 9, 2020
Tacoma, WA area
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This event serves as a forum for healthcare professionals, policy makers, and Tribal/community members concerned with American Indian/Alaska Native health and honoring Native Traditions.
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2020 Women and Men’s Wellness and Diabetes Prevention Conference American Indian Institute, University of Oklahoma April 14-16, 2020 Location San Diego, California The Aii Annual Conference calls together the best thinking in Native American Wellness and Diabetes Prevention. It’s the largest gathering of your peers—people you can relate to, learn from, and stay connected to throughout the year. From receiving information on model diabetes prevention programs and the opioid crisis in Indian Country to how to plan and implement a health fair to the use of herbal remedies and a more traditional approach to nutritious meals, this conference is for you! Register
Cross Cultural Medicine Workshop Association of American Indian Physicians April 23 through 26, 2020 Location Tacoma, WA area Conference Home Page An opportunity to share ideas on culturally effective health care delivery models, present ways that cultural knowledge can be integrated into healthcare and engage in dialogue about culturally responsive strategies to improve the health of AI/AN communities. More Information
2020 American Indian Elders Conference National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) August 17-21, 2020 Location Reno, Nevada The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) conference serves as a national forum where American Indian and Alaska Native elders come from across the Continental United States and Alaska to convene at our biennial meetings. More Information
3rd Annual National Native Health Research Training Conference June 29, 2020-July 1, 2020 Location Temecula, California The primary goal of the annual NNHRT conference is to contribute toward the growth of a Native health research community that is dedicated to honoring tribal decision-making processes, building trust through tribal community participation and guided by tribal cultural knowledge and values. More Information