Tribal-Local Health Mutual Aid

Tribal-Local Health Mutual Aid

The Mutual Aid Agreement for Tribes and Local Health Jurisdictions in Washington State was developed by Tribes and Local Health Departments (LHJs), through a process facilitated by the American Indian Health Commission for Washington State (AIHC) in 2017.  Over 23 attorneys representing Tribes and LHJs, and 86 operational staff (Emergency Managers, Health Directors, Health Officers, Elected Officials, Emergency Response Coordinators, and others) worked collaboratively in a series of 12 meetings held in 2017.

The Agreement is designed to allow for any Tribe or LHJ to sign onto the Agreement at any time.  We strongly recommend all Tribes and LHJs in Washington to become signatories, as the Agreement addresses key legal issues that can delay or complicate mutual aid efforts during an emergency response.  Additionally, the Agreement does not commit any jurisdiction to provide or request assistance at any time.  The decision to ask for assistance or provide assistance is always at the discretion of each jurisdiction on a case-by-case basis.

 

Mutual Aid Agreement for Tribes and Local Health Jurisdictions in Washington State

Forms

Mutual Aid Agreement for Tribes and Local Health Jurisdictions in Washington State 07-25-2017

Washington Tribe-LHJ Mutual Aid Guide 07-25-2017

Washington-Tribe-LHJ-Mutual-Aid-Request-Form-07-25-2017 (MS Excel)

Washington Tribe-LHJ Mutual Aid Request Form (pdf)

 

Background Information

AIHC MAA 2017 Project Final Report

 

Signatories

Chehalis Tribe – Signed Mutual Aid Agreement

Clark County – Signed Mutual Aid Agreement

Grays Harbor County – Signed Mutual Aid Agreement

Hoh Tribe – Signed Mutual Aid Agreement

Mason County – Signed Mutual Aid Agreement

Nisqually Tribe – Signed Mutual Aid Agreement

Nooksack Tribe – Signed Mutual Aid Agreement

Northeast Tri-County Health District – Signed Mutual Aid Agreement

Pacific County – Signed Mutual Aid Agreement

Quinault Indian Nation – Signed Mutual Aid Agreement

Samish Tribe – Signed Mutual Aid Agreement

Shoalwater Bay Tribe – Signed Mutual Aid Agreement

Spokane Regional Health District – Signed Mutual Aid Agreement

Stillaguamish Tribe – Signed Mutual Aid Agreement

Whatcom County – Signed Mutual Aid Agreement

 

Olympic Regional Tribal Public Health Mutual Aid Agreement

The Olympic Regional Tribal Public Health Mutual Aid Agreement was the first agreement of its kind in the United States, signed in 2010 by the 7 Tribes and 3 Local Health Jurisdictions in Region 2.  This agreement is not open for other jurisdictions to sign onto.

Olympic Regional Tribal Public Health Mutual Aid Agreement

Washington Tribe-LHJ Mutual Aid Guide 07-25-2017

Washington-Tribe-LHJ-Mutual-Aid-Request-Form-07-25-2017 (MS Excel)

Washington Tribe-LHJ Mutual Aid Request Form (pdf)

 

Signatories

Clallam County

Hoh Tribe – Signed Olympic Regional Tribal-Public Health Mutual Aid Agreement

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

Jefferson County

Kitsap County

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Makah Tribe

Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe

Quileute

Suquamish

 

 

 

Mutual Aid Documents

Mutual Aid Project (ARCHIVES)

 

 

For additional information, please contact Lou Schmitz at lou.schmitz.aihc@outlook.com.