Tribal State Relations: ODMHSAS Tribal State Relations Workgroup
In 2005, the ODMHSAS became the host agency for the Transformation State Incentive Grant (TSIG), an infrastructure grant to transform the Oklahoma care-giving systems into more consumer-driven and recovery-oriented programs. In 2006, the Governors Transformation Advisory Board (GTAB) requested the Tribal State Relations Workgroup be formed. This workgroup informed the GTAB on tribal issues as they related to mental health and substance abuse transformation.
Today, the Oklahoma Tribal State Relations Workgroup (OTSRW) is comprised of a diverse group of individuals representing various tribal, state, local, and private sectors. The OTSRW collaborates to create opportunities for cultural competency training in communities and to address access and service utilization issues affecting tribal communities. The workgroup is comprised of four subcommittees that will identify gaps in services and will create ways ODMHSAS and Oklahoma tribes can work together to address behavioral health needs in the identified focus areas:
Mental Health – This committee will address mental health issues and gaps in services as they pertain to tribal populations with an emphasis on identifying ways American Indian children and youth will have early and easy access to all the behavioral health services and supports necessary in order to remain in their own homes in their own
Substance Abuse – This committee will address substance abuse issues and gaps in services with an emphasis on how to address early and easy access to services.
Wellness – This committee will focus on creating healthier Oklahoma tribal communities with an emphasis on prevention and early intervention initiatives.
Cultural and Linguistic Competency – This committee will focus on how ODMHSAS should plan, deliver, and facilitate services, supports, and interventions that respond to the unique cultural and linguistic needs of Oklahoma’s tribal population.