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Welcome Native youth and Tribal College and University (TCU) students, presidents, and faculty members! The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is pleased to be collaborating with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) to improve behavioral health in tribal communities. The SAMHSA TCU Summit will take place from February 11-12, 2016, immediately following the AIHEC Winter Meeting. The purpose of the SAMHSA TCU Summit is to improve the behavioral health of Native youth, TCU students and faculty, employees on TCU campuses, and the surrounding tribal communities through increased awareness, education, and training. A specific focus is on reducing barriers that impact opportunities for Native youth to succeed and increasing Native youth leadership in their communities. SAMHSA will use broad information gained from TCU students and leaders to develop the skills, tools, and support needed for Native youth to be the generation for change in their communities. The hope is that TCU leaders will also use the outcome of discussions to advance opportunities for improving behavioral health on their campuses and across tribal communities.

The SAMHSA TCU Summit agenda will include behavioral health topics such as suicide prevention, substance use prevention, leadership in behavioral health education, developing support groups on campus, peer mentoring, and strategies for community engagement. There will be a session in which TCU leaders and students will interact with federal staff on priorities for addressing behavioral health on TCU campuses and receive information and resources to promote positive behavioral health and wellness. The SAMHSA TCU Summit will include breakout sessions specifically geared towards youth and adult audiences.

Please register by Wednesday, February 3, 2016.