The NTAC--BH helps guide the development of, and support for, behavioral health throughout the IHS/Tribal/Urban (I/T/U) systems, and works to ensure that services are as broadly available, seamlessly integrated and culturally appropriate as possible. It serves as an advisory body to the IHS Director and to the Division of Behavioral Health (DBH). The NTAC provides guidance and recommendations regarding behavioral health programmatic issues which affect the delivery of behavioral health care for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people served by the IHS and the entire Indian Healthcare System.
Members: 12 elected Tribal officials representing each IHS Area, and one senior agency representative as co-chair.
The NTAC and DBH are also supported by the Behavioral Health Working Group (BHWG) that is composed of Native behavioral health experts from across the country working primarily in Tribal and Urban clinical settings. They advise the Agency on technical aspects of behavioral health program development and management, act as subject matter experts to the NTAC, and report through them as well.
Meets: 3 times per year, and ad-hoc depending upon Agency needs
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