What Is Tele-Coaching


Connect with BIA, Tribal staff, and other child welfare professionals to improve your knowledge and skills, and discover solutions to specific cases when working with native children and families.


  • Access presentations via computer or phone using Zoom. The link will be sent in an upcoming email.
  • Series begins Wednesday, May 13th and continues on the second Wednesday of each month from 9-10 am, Mountain Standard Time.


May 13 Introduction: How Your Core Values Impact This Work
June 10 Drug-endangered Children: How to Meet Children and Family Needs
July 8 Assessment/Differential Response: How to Put these Steps into Practice
Aug 12 Decision-making and Removals: Making the Best Decisions Possible
Sept 9 Great Ideas/Successful Programs: What’s Working Out There?
Oct 14 Building Resilience: What You Can do for Children & Parents
Nov 11 Court-preparation/Testifying: Learning New Skills
Dec 9 Case Management: How to be More Effective
Jan 13 Stress Management: Tips on Successfully Managing Negative Emotions


Online Training


Web-based training modules, available 24/7, for drop-in learning for all child protection staff.


The training modules are located below and are available anytime.


Basic Child Welfare Training Certificate


A certificate program to demonstrate your proficiency in the child protection processes.


  • Complete the following training modules:
    Trauma-informed Child Development, Working with the Courts (Parts 1 & 2), Assessment & Differential Response (Parts 1 & 2), and Self-Help & Secondary Trauma
  • Participate in five monthly tele-coaching training sessions
  • Complete 12 hours of ongoing child welfare training

To sign up for participation in the certificate program, email ccfwd@umontana.edu.

The monthly presentations are sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and University of Montana’s Center for Children, Families, and Workforce Development. All cases are monitored for confidentiality and are for training purposes only.



Deadline Extended! BJA COSSAP Grant Solicitation : Tribal Responses to Drug Overdoses

Deadline Extended!
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance
Abuse Program:
Tribal Responses to Drug Overdoses
On behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) is releasing the Tribal Responses to Drug Overdoses solicitation. The is apart of a series of demonstration projects funded under the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) to support national demonstration collaborations to build local capacity and support innovation. Under this solicitation, up to five tribal communities will be selected for an award of up to $500,000 each for a 14-month time period.


Applications Due by May 14, 2020
Applicants are limited to federally recognized Indian tribal governments, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior. This includes Alaska Native villages and tribal consortia consisting of two or more federally recognized Indian tribes. Current Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) site- based grantees are eligible to apply.
Overview of Solicitation
The Tribal Responses to Drug Overdoses  grant is designed to assist federally recognized tribes in identifying resource deployment strategies to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with drug overdoses among individuals who come in contact with law enforcement or are involved in the criminal justice system. Tribes will have implementation support from the combined resources and expertise of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with other partners.
Applicant Webinar
A webinar about the  Tribal Responses to Drug Overdoses  and the application process was held on March 26, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., ET. The applicant webinar included a presentation about ODMAP that focused on providing a complete overview of the capabilities of ODMAP and the implementation process. A recording of the webinar is available at
http://s.iir.com/TribalResponsesGrantWebinar . A PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation that was used during the webinar is available at  http://s.iir.com/TribalResponsesPPT .

FY2020 Emergency Management Performance Grant Program Supplemental Funding

FEMA FY2020 Emergency Management Performance

Grant Program Supplemental Funding
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FEMA are announcing the release of the Notice of Funding Opportunity and Final Allocations for the $100 million in supplemental funding made available to the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program (EMPG) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Topline messaging includes:

*         The EMPG Supplemental, (or EMPG-S), program is authorized by CARES Act, Div. B (Pub. L. No. 116-136) and the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Pub. L. No. 93-288. Under the EMPG Program FEMA is authorized to make grants for the purpose of providing a system of emergency preparedness for the protection of life and property in the United States from hazards and to vest responsibility for emergency preparedness jointly in the federal government and the states and their political subdivisions. Under EMPG, grants are awarded to the 56 states and territories. The states and territories make subawards to local and tribal governments.

*         The FY 2020 EMPG-S program assists states, local governments, tribes and territories with their public health and emergency management activities supporting the prevention of, preparation for and response to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency. Through this funding opportunity, FEMA will award funding to support planning and operational readiness for COVID-19 preparedness and response, as well as the development of tools and strategies for prevention, preparedness, and response, and ensure ongoing communication and coordination among federal, state, local, tribal and territorial partners throughout the response.

*         Funding awarded under the EMPG-S program is separate and distinct from any funding that will be awarded under the FY 2020 EMPG Program NOFO published on Feb. 14, 2020.
*         The attached Information Bulletin and Fact Sheet provide further details as well as final allocations for the 56 states and territories.

Grant Programs Directorate Information Bulletin

Fiscal Year 2020 Emergency Management Performance Grant Program (EMPG-S) COVID-19 Supplemental

Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Emergency Management Performance Grant Program COVID-19 Supplemental Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


New SAMHSA FOA Announcement: Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) State Education Agency Grants)

Good afternoon,

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently released a grant funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled, “Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) State Education Agency Grants”. The short title for this program is “AWARE-SEA” and applications are due no later than Monday, April 20, 2020!  Please share it with your colleagues and tribal stakeholders.  Information on the FOA is below and the link for additional information is https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-20-016.

*         FOA Number: SM-20-016
*         Application Due Date: Monday, April 20, 2020
*         Purpose:  SAMHSA expects that this program will focus on partnerships and collaboration between state and local systems to promote the healthy development of school-aged youth and prevent youth violence.
*         Eligibility:  Education Agencies/Authorities serving children and youth residing in federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribes, tribal organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations.
*         Anticipated Total Available Funding:  $31,492,000
*         Anticipated Number of Awards: 17 (At least 3 awards will be made to Tribal Education Agencies/Authorities pending sufficient application volume from these groups).
*         Anticipated Award Amount:  From $1,800,000 per year
*         Length of Project:  Up to 5 years
*         Cost Sharing/Match Required?:  No

Thank you,
Sharece Tyer

Sharece N. Tyer, MBA, MS
Public Health Analyst
Office of the Assistant Secretary
Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs
Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy
Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 18E09C
Rockville, MD  20857
Tel: (240) 276-2432
Email: Sharece.Tyer@samhsa.hhs.gov