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Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program (Native Connections)


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Feb 8, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Awards grants to develop and implement coordinated mental health, trauma, suicide, and substance abuse prevention programs serving American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth through age 24. Seeks to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance abuse, reduce the impact of trauma, promote mental health, and support tribal youth as they transition into adulthood. Ensures collaboration between agencies and organizations and involves AI/AN community members at all levels of planning, implementation, and evaluation in order to provide more effective and culturally responsive services and care. Program activities include:

  • Developing policies and procedures for coordination among youth-serving agencies in order to improve standards of care and the transition of youth between agencies; and to promote evidence-based clinical health practices and the role of traditional healing/helping practices in supporting native youth and their families
  • Developing or revising protocols to ensure that youth at risk for suicide, including those who attempt suicide and use substances, receive follow-up services to ease transition into treatment
  • Developing or revising protocols for responding to suicides, suicide attempts, and suicide clusters to promote community healing and reduce youth exposure to and the spread of suicidal behaviors
  • Developing and implementing mental health awareness training in communities to raise awareness of the importance of suicide prevention strategies, such as screening for suicide
  • Implementing community substance misuse strategies, such as public messaging, training on the risks of substance use, and education in school settings

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $250,000 per year
Project period: Up to 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 28
Estimated total program funding: $7,185,000

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by:

  • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribal organizations
  • Urban Indian organizations (UIOs)
  • A consortium of tribes or tribal organizations

Grantees that received Tribal Behavioral Health Program awards under the following opportunities, SM-20-002, SM-19-005, SM-18-017, and SM-17-005, are not eligible to apply.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process are available in the funding announcement.


For programmatic or technical questions:
Angela Mark

For grants management or budget questions:
Corey Sullivan

For grant review process and application status questions:
Cynthia Riddick

Rural Awards

Past awards communities have received are described on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • Hydaburg Cooperative Association in Hydaburg, Alaska received funding to develop culturally responsive programs to promote mental health and address the impacts of trauma in order to prevent suicide and substance misuse among Haida youth ages 15-24.
  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in Suttons Bay, Michigan used funds to enhance Behavioral Health Service delivery and increase capacity to support tribal youth ages 10-24 struggling with trauma, suicidal ideation, depression, and substance misuse.
  • Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana in Marksville, Louisiana received an award to develop policies and procedures to increase access to culturally appropriate treatment services for tribal members under age 24 with serious mental illness and/or co-occurring mental health/substance use issues.
  • Eastern Shoshone Tribe in Fort Washakie, Wyoming were awarded funding to expand and strengthen community-driven, culturally specific tribal best practice wellness activities to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse, and meet the mental health needs of tribal youth under age 24.
  • Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Pablo, Montana received funding to implement a culturally relevant, comprehensive mental health program for the Two Eagle River School to reduce high risk behaviors that contribute to substance use, suicide, violence, and other negatives outcomes that affect students success and well-being.
  • Benewah Medical Center in Plummer, Idaho used grant funds to hire five healthy lifestyle coaches to provide outreach, training, education, mentoring, and referral activities to Coeur d'Alene tribal schools, youth programs, family, and community members to help meet the behavioral health needs of tribal youth under age 24.

Topics This Program Addresses

Adverse Childhood Experiences • American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Harm Reduction • Mental Health • Prevention • Schools • Substance Use Disorder • Suicide and Suicide Prevention • Violence, Trauma, and Abuse • Youth