How Does the Trust Land Office Support Trust Beneficiaries?

Beneficiaries of the Trust include Alaskans who experience:

  • mental illness
  • intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • substance use disorders
  • Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia
  • traumatic brain injuries

The Trust also works in prevention and early intervention services for individuals at risk of becoming beneficiaries. 

Learn more about some Trust beneficiaries who have shared their stories. 

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (Trust) is a state corporation that administers the Alaska Mental Health Trust, a perpetual trust, to improve the lives of beneficiaries. The Trust operates much like a private foundation, using its resources (cash and non-cash assets and one million acres of land) to help ensure that Trust beneficiaries have access to the supports and services they need to thrive. 

Working in concert with the Trust, the Trust Land Office (TLO) manages Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority lands to maximize revenues from those lands over time solely for the Trust and its beneficiaries. The revenue generated by the TLO is managed by the Trust to improve the lives and circumstances of Trust beneficiaries across Alaska.

Learn more about the unique history of the Trust.

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Role of the Trust Land Office

Residing within the Department of Natural Resources, the Trust Land Office (TLO) is contracted exclusively by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority to manage its approximately one million acres of land and other non-cash assets to generate revenue. The TLO has a responsibility, by law, to maximize revenue generation from Trust land assets and does so by selling and developing its land and resources. All decisions pertaining to the use of Trust lands must be made in the best financial interest of the Trust and its beneficiaries.

How Does the Trust Land Office Generate Revenue?

Revenue-generating uses of Trust land include land use authorizations and sales; commercial real estate; timber sales; mineral exploration and production; coal, oil, and gas exploration and development; sand, gravel, and rock sales; mitigation marketing, and other general land uses. 

Effectively managing Trust land assets requires both diligent analysis and constant coordination across the asset classes in order to determine the highest and best use of Trust lands.

Read the Trust Land Office Resource Management Strategy

The TLO Manages Land Within Several Asset Classes

What Does the Trust Do to Support Beneficiaries?

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The Trust designates the majority of its annual spending to grant making. The Trust awards approximately $25 million each year in grants to organizations that provide services or supports to one or more Trust beneficiary groups. 

In addition to its role as a grant maker, the Trust also acts as a leader in planning and advocacy efforts around issues pertinent to beneficiary populations. The Trust works closely with a variety of partners including state, local and Tribal governments, nonprofits, providers, and beneficiary advocates to implement system-wide improvements to Alaska’s continuum of care.

Trust grantmaking, advocacy, and planning activities align with key focus and priority areas:

Learn more about Trust grant opportunities.