September 2011

SAMHSA Policy Academy on State Tribal Partnership Summit: North Carolina team identified four strategies to meet the needs of American Indian veterans.

It is clear that a sufficient number of state teams requested TA services on outreach to American Indian veterans in that the TA Center hosted a conference, State Tribal Partnership Summit, in Salt Lake City four months later, on September 21-22. The objectives included: (1) provide opportunities for dialogue, planning, and collaboration between States and Tribes; (2) foster system and service development and the integration of best practices supporting resiliency, recovery, and readiness in State and Tribal service systems; (3) identify resources and promising practices for increasing outreach and access to services in rural communities; and (4) form consensus on key priorities, strategies, and next steps for building State and Tribal partnerships.  Six state teams participated, including NC, which sent the following team members:

  • Kimberly Alexander-Bratcher MPH, Project Director and Research Associate, North Carolina Institute of Medicine
  • Kerry Bird, MSW, Program Coordinator, Teen Tobacco Use Prevention Program, NC Commission of Indian Affairs
  • Wei Li Fang, Ph.D., Director for Research and Evaluation, Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse
  • John Harris, Vietnam War Navy Veteran, Cold War Army Veteran, Army Reservist, social worker, and Military and Veterans Program Manager, NC DMHDDSAS
  • Rev. Harold Hunt, Vietnam War Veteran and Director, Tribal Veteran Services Officers, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
  • Terrie Qadura, Member, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, and Planner/Evaluator, Quality Management, Community Policy Management, NC DMHDDSAS

The State Tribal Partnership Summit resulted in the NC team identifying the following strategies:  (1) increase cultural competence through the development of culturally relevant training and services, behavioral health assessment tools developed by Native researcher and services developed and conducted by Tribes, and a trauma-informed care model that considers historical and intergenerational trauma, the value placed on being one with the spirits/ancestors, visions, the importance of naming ceremonies, and the power of diagnoses; (2) build trust and a better referral system through communication, collaboration, and coordination of care); (3) include families; and (4) holding a statewide summit for all stakeholders, including meaningful representation from each tribe.