Tribal input should be a continuous component when interagency workgroups are conducted.
We support SAMHSA’s goal of ensuring behavioral health inclusion across all aspects of Health Care Reform implementation. As you work with CMS to develop policies and programs expanding access to mental health and substance abuse services, we ask that Tribal input be a continuous component when interagency workgroups are conducted to ensure AI/ANs are given the resources to access the expanded areas of coverage.
Evangelyn "Angel" Dotomain, MBA
Alaska Native Health Board