Identifying and Reducing Disparities in Mental Health Outcomes Among American Indians and Alaskan Natives Using Public Health, Mental Healthcare and Legal Perspectives

  • Hannah E. Payne
  • Michalyn Steele
  • Jennie L. Bingham
  • Chantel D. Sloan
POINT OF VIEW

Abstract

The purpose of this paper was to investigate disparities in mental healthcare delivery in American Indian/Alaska Native populations from three perspectives: public health, legal policy and mental healthcare and provide evidence-based recommendations toward reducing those disparities. Data on mental health funding to tribes were obtained from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. As a result of analysis of these data, vital statistics and current literature, we propose three recommendations to reduce mental health disparities. First, where possible, increase mental health funding opportunities for federally-recognized tribes. Second, model funding practices on principles of tribal self-determination. Finally, support diverse interventions that are culturally-based and culturally-appropriate.

Keywords

Disparities Depression Suicide SAMHSA Federal grants 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Health ScienceBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA
  2. 2.J. Reuben Clark Law SchoolBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA
  3. 3.Counseling and Psychological ServicesBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA

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