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Division of Human Services

Mission Statement

To promote the safety, financial security and social health of Indian communities and individual Indian people.


Under the mission area of Serving Communities, the Human Services Program supports the Department’s Strategic Goal to Advance Quality Communities for Tribes and Alaska Natives by improving welfare systems for Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives. Human Services consists of direct funding and activities related to social services, welfare assistance, Indian child welfare, and program oversight. The objective of this activity is to improve the quality of life for individual Indians that live on or near Indian reservations and to protect the children, elderly and disabled from abuse and neglect. The activity also provides child abuse and neglect services and protective services to Individual Indian Monies (IIM) supervised account holders who are minors, adults in need of assistance, adults under legal disability, and adults found to be non compos mentis.

The Social Services program supports Bureau Agency staff and over 900 tribal staff that have been hired by contracting tribes to run their programs. These staff provide counseling services to local on-reservation eligible Indians as well as coordinate all Human Services activities at the Tribe and Agency level. The social workers work with tribal courts, state courts, and Indian families for the placement and adoption of Indian children in Indian homes. The social workers serve as the contact point for numerous social service agencies that are responsible for child protection, placement, and adoption of Indian children.

This program also supports the Department’s Strategic Goal to Fulfill Indian Fiduciary Trust Responsibilities by providing for the management of IIM accounts for minors, adults in need of assistance, adults under legal disability, and adults found to be non compos mentis. The staff works with families and guardians in the development of distribution plans, and completes assessments and evaluations in support of these plans. The outcome of these actions results in accurate payments from trust accounts. Staff monitor the distribution plans to ensure that expenditure of funds are made in accordance with the plans and that appropriate supportive documents are maintained in the case files.

Current Events & News 

The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Indian Services, Division of Human Services GPRA Performance Management measures include: 1) the percent of annual reviews conducted on active Individual Indian Money (IIM) Accounts; 2) the percentage of Individual Self Sufficiency Plans (ISP) completed; and 3) the percentage of Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Notices process within 15 days. The two HIP GPRA goals are: 1) funding going to actual construction or repair of housing; and 2) the percentage of construction schedules met.

The attached letter outlines the minimal recommended reporting requirements for Title I and Title IV, Indian Self-Determination and Education Act (ISDEAA), Pub. L. 93-638, 638 tribes operating the social services programs or HIP. 

Director of Bureau of Indian Affairs Cover Memo  and Dear Tribal Leader Letter. Please click here.

 


  Federal Register Notice - Housing Improvement Program (HIP)

 The Bureau of Indian Affairs is proposing to amend its regulations governing its Housing Improvement Program, which is a safety-net program that provides grants for repairing, renovating, or replacing existing housing and for providing new housing. This proposed rule is an important part of the Tiwahe initiative, which is designed to promote the stability and security of Indian families. The proposed rule would align the program with other Federal requirements, allow leveraging of housing funds to increase the number of families served and projects funded, and expedite processing of waiting lists for housing assistance.The document was published in the Federal Register on Friday, January 2 and has a 60 day comment period that ends on March 6, 2015: Please click Link

 Proposed HIP Rule; Correction- Consultation sessions. Please click here.


  

The SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center is hosting a webinar entitled, “Breaking the Silence, Breaking the Cycle:  Honoring Youth Voices, Part 1”, on February 19, 2015 at 3pm EST.  Please share with your colleagues and stakeholders. This webinar will give participants an understanding of the importance of youth engagement for implementing prevention programs and services. Please click here.

 


Children's Monitor - July 23, 2014 This bill would ensure that families who adopt children designated as "special needs" in tribal court are eligible for the same flat adoption tax credit as families who adopt children who are designated as "special needs" in state courts.Letter of support to Extend Adoption Tax Credit to Tribal Children. 

 

 

Federal Register Notice Indian Child Welfare Act; Designated Tribal Agents for Service of Notice. Please click Link.

DOJ Committee Report on AI/AN Children Exposed to Violence. Please Click Link.