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New Office To Coordinate Tribal and Federal Alcohol and Substance Abuse Efforts

August 16, 2011

On July 29, 2011, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and Attorney General Eric Holder signed a memorandum of agreement to combat alcohol and substance abuse among American Indian/Alaska Native tribes by establishing a office within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The new Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse, created as a result of the passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, will coordinate the efforts of American Indian and Alaskan Native communities and federal agencies to address alcohol and substance abuse.

As part of its substance abuse efforts, the Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse will emphasize programs geared toward reaching youth and offering alternatives to incarceration.

Resources:

Find out more about the Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse at www.samhsa.gov/tloa/.

To read the memorandum of agreement, visit www.samhsa.gov/tloa/docs/moa.pdf.

 

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