The Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse office, established under SAMHSA, will spearhead the coordination of governmental programs "with a special emphasis on promoting programs geared toward reaching youth and offering alternatives to incarceration."
HHS Secretary Sebelius: “Alcoholism and addiction are among the most severe public health and safety problems facing American Indian and Alaska Native people. It doesn’t have to be this way. With help that is based in the rich Indian culture these conditions just like other heath conditions can be successfully prevented and treated.”
DOI Secretary Salazar: “There is a clear need to align, leverage, and coordinate federal resources so that we can best support tribal efforts to build healthy and safe communities. This new office will serve as the federal focal point for this critically important work.”
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