Behavioral Health Services

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Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health Services offers a variety of programs including:

  • Community Anti-Drug Network Program
  • Mental health services
  • Substance abuse prevention programs
  • Outpatient treatment programs

Special presentations are available for youth including the Too Good For Drugs and Violence and the Date But Wait programs.  Outpatient services include individual and family therapy, substance abuse counseling, relapse prevention, parenting education, disorders of childhood, domestic violence intervention, relaxation training, psychological testing and crisis intervention.  In addition, Behavioral Health offers outpatient counseling services at all Cherokee Nation Health facilities as well Claremore Indian Hospital.  Additionally, our patient psychiatry is offered at Hastings and Claremore with plans to expand this to all Cherokee Nation Health facilities in the near future.  Inpatient services are available via contract health at external facilities.    

Our prevention programs, headquartered in Tahlequah are actively working with over 30 schools and community organizations in Sequoyah, Cherokee, Muskogee, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Craig, Rogers, Nowata, and Washington Counties.  The prevention program currently focuses on substance abuse, reproductive health, violence and suicide.  Our Behavioral Health Program has received statewide and national recognition for its efforts to intergrate prevention, treatment, and recovery services across both the mental health and substance abuse domains.  In the past 4 years we have been awarded 6 competitive federal grants totaling over $25 million. 


Tahlequah, OK is the county seat for Cherokee County and a community of about 16,000. Tahlequah is home to many things including Northeastern State University and most importantly the Capital of the Cherokee Nation. The community is rich in local history as well as Cherokee Culture. The Illinois River and Tenkiller Lake are major attractions for campers and tourists during the warmer months. Tahlequah is not only mentioned in the book Where the Red Fern Grows but also hosts the annual Red Fern Festival the last weekend of each April.