Tonya M. Louis, MSW, is an enrolled citizen of the Pueblo of Acoma, located in New Mexico. She has more than 15 years of behavioral health and public health experience at the tribal, federal, and state levels.
Currently, Ms. Louis is a Licensed Master Social Worker, serving in the capacity of BH2I Program Manager with SSI. She specializes in substance use and suicide prevention and community-based behavioral health. She is also certified in Native American Inspired Equine Psychotherapy.
Ms. Louis has extensive experience working with program development, adolescent/adult intervention processes, treatment interventions, and crisis response. She has extensive experience working with culturally appropriate behavioral health treatment, prevention, and intervention models. Ms. Louis works with various tribal and non-tribal service agencies and a wide range of clientele. She has served as the PI and PD for various SAMHSA, IHS, BIA, and CDC awards. Her work also entails providing leadership in the delivery of culturally inclusive, community-based behavioral and public health services. Ms. Louis has participated in numerous tribal, federal, and state behavioral/public health task forces.
Ms. Louis deeply appreciates the importance of behavioral health care in primary care settings and has witnessed improved overall health outcomes for individuals as a result.