2015 Bright Idea
Winners:
State of Oregon
2015
Publication:
Innovations in American Government Awards
Jurisdiction:
Oregon

The Addictions and Mental Health Division Tribal Liaison within the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon federal recognized tribes, and tribal programs created Tribal Best Practices. TBP is an effort that documents cultural and traditional Native American teachings that are effective in prevention and treatment in the behavioral health field, substituting these practices for state-mandated evidence-based practices that were not tested on Native populations, particularly those living on tribal reservations, and thus were not the most effective tools in meeting the unique needs of this population.