Joint Advocacy


The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (Trust) and statutory advisory boards maintain an advocacy network that communicates with grassroots advocates on issues related to legislation and policy affecting Trust beneficiaries, their families, providers, and administrators who serve Trust beneficiaries.

For more information, contact the Advocacy Coordinator at: or 907-465-4765.

2022 Advocacy Trainings

These free trainings offer tools and hands-on practice for advocating on issues you care about. Participants learn how to talk to policymakers and speak at public meetings on decisions that impact people with mental illness, substance use disorders, intellectual/developmental disabilities, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, Alzheimer's disease and related dementia, and traumatic brain injuries. The training is for people with lived experience of a disability, family members, service providers, administrators, peers, and others.

Here are the dates for the 2022 trainings. All trainings require registration in advance, and will fill first-come, first-served.

  • August 30, Fairbanks, Morris Thompson Center,  9am-3:30
  • September 1, Utqiagvik, Inupiat Heritage Center, 9am-3:30
  • September 13, Wasilla, Mat-Su Health Foundation, 9am-3:30
  • September 26, Anchorage, Dena'ina Center, 9am-3:30 (registration for Anchorage training is separate, click here for more info)

2021/2022 Joint Advocacy Priorities