** SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENT** Strengthening the System: The Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Program Plan 

Are you interested in behavioral health and Alaska’s continuum of care? We want to hear from you. A draft of Strengthening the System: The Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Program Plan for Alaska is currently out for public review with comments due on April 12, 2019. The Department of Health and Social Services in coordination with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and …

Updated Alaska Scorecard Now Available

The Alaska Scorecard is a valuable tool to compare the most current Alaska data to the most current U.S. data in areas important to Trust beneficiaries including health, safety, living with dignity, and economic security. The Scorecard includes data and information on 23 indicators and 5 conditions relevant to beneficiaries as well as prevalence estimates for the beneficiary population.  The …

Trust Statement on API Management

In response to the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services announcement that the state will assume management of the Alaska Psychiatric Institute, Trust CEO Mike Abbott has made the following statement. The Trust appreciates the urgency the Department has shown in the last two months to address long standing problems at API.  We believe that the Department’s decision to bring …

Trust Directs $650,000 for Supported Housing in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (February 7, 2019) – During their regular meeting January 30-31, 2019 in Juneau, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority board of trustees directed $650,000 in funds for two Anchorage housing projects. Trustees approved $150,000 for RurAL CAP’s Sitka Place, and $500,000 for the United Way of Anchorage’s Anchored Home Pay for Success project. Permanent supportive housing provides safe …

TRUST GRANTS MORE THAN $2.1M TO ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS ALASKA

Anchorage, Alaska (January 18, 2019) – The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority has approved more than $2.1 million in grants to organizations across the state in the second quarter of fiscal year 2019. The Trust grants, on average, $20 million a year to organizations across Alaska that serve Trust beneficiaries. The Trust is proud to partner with many providers, nonprofits, …

TRUST GRANTS $350,000 TO JUNEAU SUPPORTIVE HOUSING

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (January 8, 2019) – The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority board of trustees has approved a grant of $350,000 for the Juneau Housing First Collaborative. The grant will support Phase 2 of the Forget Me Not permanent supportive housing project, which is planning 32 additional housing units for chronically homeless adults who suffer from alcoholism, serious mental illness …

MENTAL HEALTH TRUST FINALIZES FIRST PHASE OF SOUTHEAST LAND EXCHANGE

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, (January 4, 2019) Following more than a decade of planning and public input, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (Trust) has approved a major land exchange with the United States Forest Service (USFS) in Southeast Alaska. The exchange, authorized by both state and federal legislation, includes approximately 18,258 acres of Trust lands for approximately 20,528 acres of USFS …

Trust Year-End Audit Update

December 31, 2018 As our valued partners and grantees, we know that the fiscal and organizational health of the Trust is important to you and the beneficiaries we serve. Earlier this year we reached out to members of our community about the Legislative Audit and Budget Committee’s audit of the Mental Health Trust Authority. As we close out 2018, I …

TRUST AWARDS $75,000 IN EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY FUNDS TO BENEFICIARY SERVING PARTNERS

Anchorage, Alaska (January 31, 2018) – The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority has awarded $75,000 in one-time grants to five organizations that were damaged or who are experiencing programmatic disruptions as a result of the November 30 earthquake. The Trust identified recipient organizations based on the results of a post-earthquake survey developed by the Foraker Group to assess facility damage …

TRUST LAND OFFICE FINALIZES FIRST WETLAND MITIGATION AGREEMENT

Anchorage, Alaska (December 17, 2018) – The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority has finalized its first conservation agreement involving Trust land. The Trust Land Office (TLO), which manages the Trust’s one million acres of land, has signed an agreement with Donlin Gold, LLC to enter a long-term deed restriction agreement for approximately 2,000 acres of Trust land near Tyonek for …