Purpose of Tribal Action Plan Against Alcohol and Substance Abuse

The TAP provides an opportunity for Federally Recognized Tribes to take a proactive role in the fight against alcohol and substance abuse in their communities by:

• Identifying existing strengths and resources that has helped the Tribe overcome past challenges;

• Assessing their needs and resources relative to alcoholism, addiction, and substance abuse prevention and treatment activities;

• Coordinating available resources and programs in an effort to combat alcohol and substance abuse among its members;

• Identifying gaps in services;

• Working with the community to identify urgent or emerging addiction issues;

• Assisting in the development of a comprehensive strategy to prevent and reduce alcoholism, addiction, and alcohol and substance abuse in the community;

• Updating TAP’s every two years;

• Establishing a Tribal Coordinating Committee at the local level.

The Federal agencies will support communities in developing tribal action plans by:

• Communicating, coordinating, and cooperating fully with Tribes for the purpose of assisting in the development and implementation of the TAP and providing ongoing support (i.e., technical assistance, training, and guidance)

• Assisting Tribes in identifying, coordinating existing, and searching for available resources and services to support and help sustain the development and implementation of TAP;

• Entering into an agreement with the Tribe for the implementation of the tribal action plan,

• Developing an inventory of resources in Indian Country;

• Analyzing the questions and requests for further information received from the Tribes;

• Developing a response to the tribal action plan.

Developing and maintaining a system of close and continuous communication with Tribes to
identify available resources to maximize the benefits of intervention strategies and services to
Tribes;

Facilitating and supporting Tribes in providing specific training and technical assistance to
multidisciplinary and multi-agency members, allied experts and community members who
are key to the efforts and programs in the TAP.

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