Behavioral Support Contract Extended for Native Schools

Interior approves five-year extension for Tribal-tailored wellness support.

The Department of the Interior (DOI) has extended its contract for behavioral health and wellness support in Tribal schools by five years. 

This program was originally introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic to help Native American children have additional access to counseling services tailored to address issues pertinent to Indigenous children. The success of the services highlighted the continued need for relevant counseling, providing Tribal communities with telehealth services, a 24/7 crisis hotline, and onsite crisis support.

“The Interior Department is committed to creating positive, safe, and culturally-relevant learning environments,” said Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. “I am proud of the hard work by the Bureau of Indian Education to ensure that Indigenous youth have the support they need in a culturally-relevant and supportive environment for their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Haaland as she advocates mental health initiatives for Native American children.
  • For Interior Department officials as they support programs for tribal schools.
  • For Director Tony Dearman as he heads the Bureau of Indian Education.

Sources: Department of the Interior


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