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Fact Sheet: Indian Alcohol & Substance Abuse Program

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This report reviews the history, operations, and achievements of the Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (IASAP).
The IASAP was created by the 2001 Consolidated Appropriations Act. The U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) launched the program in fiscal year 2002 through a competitive application process distributed to all federally recognized Indian tribes, bands, and communities, including Alaska Native villages or regional/village corporations. During the program‘s first year, three funding categories provided tribes with opportunities to develop strategies that addressed law enforcement and treatment together, or either area separately. The program was modified in the second year so that submissions could focus on comprehensive systemwide strategies that involved multidisciplinary teams led by law enforcement in reducing and preventing crime linked to the distribution and abuse of alcohol or other controlled substances. In fiscal year 2008, BJA awarded 11 grants totaling more than $3.2 million to tribes in the States of Alaska, Kansas, Maine, North Dakota, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Washington. Through the 88 awards, the IASAP supported tribal communities in planning, implementing, and enhancing multijurisdictional and multidisciplinary strategies. Through these grants, more than 4,000 personnel have received training or onsite technical assistance. Those receiving training included alcohol and drug abuse counselors, law enforcement and probation officers, investigators, directors, judges, prosecutors, case managers, child protection staff, court clerks, community representatives, education personnel, grant managers, social workers, and advocates. There is no cost to the communities for these training and technical-assistance efforts. This report lists some of the ways in which IASAP funds have been used in developing and implementing multidisciplinary strategies, community outreach, law enforcement strategies, and tribal court strategies. Also listed are grant recipients for each of the years 2002 through 2008.