Behavioral & Mental Health


In Crisis? Call or Text 988

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, available by simply dialing 988, is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention helpline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. When someone calls the helpline, his or her call is routed to the nearest crisis center. The Lifeline’s national network, consisting of more than 250 local crisis centers, provides crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.

Shawnee Tribe Behavioral & Mental Health Department Philosophy:

The Shawnee Tribe Behavioral and Mental Health Department is committed to seeing each person holistically. This means that a person’s mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and cultural wellness are considered in tandem throughout assessment, treatment, discharge, and beyond. Shawnee ways of knowing affirm that everyone and everything is interconnected and interdependent. We say proudly and with unconditional positive regard, “ke’naatamaatipe!” (Let’s help each other!)

Trauma Survivor
Support Group:
The Body Keeps the Score

Meetings begin Thursday, September 7!

Shawnee Tribe Behavioral and Mental Health invites you to join an upcoming trauma survivor support group centered around the book The Body Keeps the Score by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk.

Indigenous people have endured a long history of trauma, from forced removal and relocations to the systematic erasure of culture, language, and identity. The ongoing effects of colonization and subsequent intergenerational re-traumatization have had lasting effects on Native individuals, families, and Indian Country as a whole. Because of this, it is vital that we create brave spaces where we can come together to share experiences and support one another on our healing journeys. Through discussions guided by our shared reading, we hope to gain a better understanding of our own experiences and the experiences of other Shawnee people to reinforce resiliency and promote healing in body, mind, spirit, and community.

Register Here

We will meet in person at the tribe’s Community Building (108 S Eight Tribes Trail, Miami, OK 74354) every other Thursday from 6:00-8:00 PM, beginning Thursday, September 7, 2023 and concluding in early 2024. Participation is limited to 15 seats. All participants will be provided a copy of the book. Registration will open on August 7.

If you have questions, you can also reach the support group facilitator, Kyle Miller, at or by calling 918-544-6017.

Victim Services

Eligibility, Guidelines, and Qualifications:

  • Enrolled Shawnee Tribe citizens who are a victim of crime
  • Please note: while perpetrators of crimes are not eligible for this grant opportunity, the Behavioral and Mental Health Department will still assist in locating outside services.

  • Must live within the State of Oklahoma, in one of the following counties:
  • Craig County
  • Delaware County
  • Mayes County
  • Ottawa County
  • Rogers County
Director of Behavioral
and Mental Health

The Shawnee Tribe provides access to behavioral, mental health, and substance use services to enrolled citizens of the Shawnee Tribe who are victims of crime to create and sustain wholeness and healing in body, mind, spirit, and community. These services include but are not limited to counseling services, psychological assessment and testing, and drug and alcohol screening.

Funding for these services is provided by the Tribal Victims Services Set-Aside (TVSSA) Formula Grant Program through the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), and the distribution of behavioral and mental health assistance is dependent upon the availability of funds as set forth by the funding body. These resources are offered on a first come-first served basis. Direct financial assistance is not provided through this program. No funds or resources may be used retroactively and all services must be approved before services are rendered.

Provided Services:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Reunification Counseling
  • Drug and/or Alcohol Screening
  • Drug and/or Alcohol Counseling
  • Child/Infant Counseling

If you are in need of services but live outside the eligibile counties listed, please contact the Behavioral and Mental Health Department for assistance in locating low/no-cost services near you. Applicant income, location, or dual citizenship status will not be used to determine applicant eligibility. All program assistance will be awarded as grant funding is available.

Mental Health Resources

Strong Hearts Native Hotline

Strong Hearts is a lifeline to those impacted by domestic and sexual violence, offering a culturally appropriate, anonymous and confidential service available 24/7 nationwide.

We R Native

We R Native specializes in providing mental health services to Native American youth and free and confidential services via text, phone, and Zoom.

Domestic Violence Hotline

The Domestic Violence Hotline provides a comprehensive list of DV services, such as safety planning, service referrals, legal assistance and services specific to Native Americans.