The bill also contained a stipulation encouraging dentists to volunteer at tribal care facilities, as well as language fostering collaboration between the IHS and Bureau of Indian Education to “integrate preventive dental care and mental health care at schools within the Bureau system,” according to a release from the American Dental Association.
To better coordinate volunteer efforts, IHS will test a centralized credentialing system based on ones in place at the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
The measure includes $800,000 to fill vacant dental positions, as well as spending for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Forest Service.
A division of the Department of Health and Human Services,
the IHS provides care to two million American Indians and Alaska Natives
belonging to 567 federally recognized tribes across 35 states.