U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Tribal Self-Governance Planning Cooperative Agreement
The Tribal Self-Governance Program (TSGP) is an expression of the government-to-government relationship between the U.S. and Indian tribes. Through the TSGP, tribes negotiate with the Indian Health Service (IHS) to assume Programs, Services, Functions, and Activities (PSFAs), or portions thereof, which gives tribes the authority to manage and tailor health care programs in a manner that best fits the needs of their communities.
The Planning Cooperative Agreement works to provide resources to tribes interested in entering the TSGP and to existing self-governance tribes interested in assuming new or expanded PSFAs. Tribes or tribal organizations are required to complete a planning phase to the satisfaction of the tribe. The planning phase must include legal and budgetary research and internal tribal government planning and organizational preparation relating to the administration of health care programs.
The planning phase is critical to negotiations and helps tribes make informed decisions about which PSFAs to assume and what organizational changes or modifications are necessary to successfully support those PSFAs. A thorough planning phase improves timeliness and efficient negotiations and ensures that the tribe is fully prepared to assume the transfer of IHS PSFAs to the tribal health program.
A Planning Cooperative Agreement is not a prerequisite to enter the TSGP and a tribe may use other resources to meet the planning requirement. Tribes that receive Planning Cooperative Agreements are not obligated to participate in the TSGP and may choose to delay or decline participation based on the outcome of their planning activities. This also applies to existing self-governance tribes exploring the option to expand their current PSFAs or assume additional PSFAs.
Amount: A total of $600,000 is available to make up to five awards of $120,000 each.
Eligibility: Indian tribes; tribal organizations; and inter-tribal consortiums.
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