Alaska Score Card – May 2018

As part of monitoring the Comprehensive Mental Health Program, the Trust has worked with the Department of Health & Social Services to monitor key issues impacting Alaska Mental Health Trust Beneficiaries. It focuses on selected indicators that disproportionately impact beneficiaries (or potential beneficiaries) of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. The scorecard includes data and information on 23 indicators and …

Legislative Audit

In December 2016, the Legislative Audit and Budget Committee authorized an audit of the Mental Health Trust Authority. The audit has now been finalized and was accepted by the committee on June 5, 2018.  The audit essentially confirms the concerns that initiated the audit and were reported 18 months ago. We appreciate the audit’s recommendations regarding necessary improvements for the …

Joint Advocacy Preliminary Report

The 30th Alaska Legislature adjourned its work early morning, Sunday, May 13, several days before its constitutionally mandated 121-day limit. The approved FY19 budget is similar in many ways to the FY18 budget, with noteworthy increases to support public education, hire front line social workers, and bolster public safety. The attached preliminary report includes bills that passed, bills the Trust and advisory …

TRUST AWARDS OVER $1.1 MILLION IN GRANTS

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority recently awarded over $1,145,000 in grants to various organizations in nine communities across the state. On average, the Trust grants approximately $18 million annually to various nonprofits, state agencies and projects that promote long-term system change and/or innovative projects that improve the lives and circumstances of Trust beneficiaries. Grants are awarded throughout the year. …

2017 ANNUAL REPORT

Learn more about the Trust’s key areas of focus and review the Trust’s financial performance. Download or print the 2017 Annual Report PDF.

NEW LAND OFFICE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ANNOUNCED

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Wyn Menefee as executive director of the Trust Land Office. Menefee has been serving as the acting executive director since September 1. The Trust Land Office is charged with generating revenue and managing the Trust’s nearly one million acres of land. The TLO carries out its stewardship role by managing and protecting the inherent …

TRUST AWARDS NEARLY $1 MILLION IN GRANTS

At a meeting on October 27, 2017, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority board of trustees awarded nearly $1 million in grants to 10 organizations across the state. On average, the Trust grants approximately $18 million to various nonprofits, state agencies and projects that promote long-term system change and/or innovative projects that improve the lives and circumstances of Trust beneficiaries. Grants …

BOARD OF TRUSTEES ANNOUNCE HIRING OF NEW CEO

The board of trustees announced today the hiring of Mike Abbott as Chief Executive Officer. Abbott will start in this role on November 1. Abbott is a long-time Alaskan and has a distinguished career in public service, he currently serves as the Municipal Manager of Anchorage.  Click to read the full release.

STATE MONEY SPENT ON ADULT CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS SHOWING POSITIVE RETURNS

A recent report released from the Alaska Justice Information Center includes a wealth of information about the justice programs in the state, including the results of a statewide program inventory, cost-benefit analysis, and an assessment of the evidence supporting the justice programs. Also included are breakdowns of the different kinds of programs that are offered (therapeutic courts, sex offender programs, education programs) …

THE UNITED STATES SENATE’S BETTER CARE RECONCILIATION ACT

The draft BCRA recommends deep cuts and caps to Medicaid, and will negatively impact thousands of Alaskans. The Trust and our Advisory Boards recently released an alert on how the draft BCRA will impact our state and Trust beneficiaries. Click on the link to learn more and on how you can voice your opinion on the draft bill, Joint Advocacy Medicaid …