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J. Kate Burkhart
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AMBA/ABADA Fall Board Meeting
When: October 12-14, 2015
Where: Cordova, Alaska
Agenda Coming Soon

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The Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is partnering with the Divisions of Senior and Disability Services and Behavioral Health, and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, to develop reforms under the Medicaid 1915(i) and 1915(k) State Plan Options. The Department of Health and Social Services and its partners are designing and implementing reform measures to ensure that Alaskans with significant disabilities, including behavioral health disorders, have access to home and community based services and supports to prevent institutionalization.

Under Section 1915(i) of the Social Security Act, states can make home and community based services and supports available to people who do not meet the level of impairment that would require institutional care but who do need services and supports to remain independent. This will help people with significant functional impairments due to behavioral health disorders, brain injury, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, etc. to receive services before they become so disabled they require institutional care.

More information is available below. If you have questions about how Alaskans with chronic substance use disorders could benefit from these reforms, call the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse at 907-465-8920.


Would you like some accurate information about drugs and drug abuse? Dispel the myths. Test your knowledge, get the facts, and find resources for teens, educators, and parents.

Tips and Tools for Parents, Mentors and Teens

A place to go for information and facts regarding addiction prevention for children and youth.

Teen Alcohol, Drug Use Declined
Marijuana Use Steady

Nationally, high school students used alcohol and babused prescription medication less in 2014 than in 2013 but marijuana use rates stayed the same. Read about the Monitoring the Future Survey and see Alaska's Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data.

Alaskan Identify Alcohol As Top Health Issue

A survey of Alaskans for the Healthy Alaskans 2020 Initiative identified alcohol use and abuse and other substance abuse as two of the top ten health issues facing our state. This is an example of how the people of Alaska can have a voice in policymaking. 

Healthy Alaskans 2020 is part of a national initiative that supports health promotion and prevention. Learn more about Healthy Alaskans 2020.

FAMILY CHECKUP – A new resource from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

Parents are often concerned about whether their children will start or are already using drugs and alcohol. These five questions, developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, highlight parenting skills that are important in preventing drug use among youth. Get your CHECKUP and learn how positive parenting prevents drug and alcohol abuse. Tools and Tips for Parents and Mentors are also available.

Talking to children about traumatic events and loss can be hard.
These resources can help you plan and have this important conversation.
Coping with Crisis Situations
Resources for educators, health care providers, and community members from the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and the Prevention of Youth Violence.

The Economic Costs of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse in Alaska, 2012 update
Alcohol and drug abuse cost Alaska’s economy $1.2 billion in 2010.The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control reports that, although substantial progress has been made over the past 20 years to reduce drinking and driving among teens, in 2011, one in 10 students age 16 years and older reported driving after drinking during the past 30 days. Most students who drove after drinking alcohol also binge drank. Read the report.

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