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J. Kate Burkhart
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When: October 12-14, 2015
Where: Cordova, Alaska

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Stakeholder Input – FY2017 Budget

The Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse have a statutory responsibility to advise the State of Alaska on issues related to behavioral health. In order to provide good advice, the Boards rely on the experience and input provided by our constituents. We want to learn from you -- people who experience mental health and/or substance use disorders, family members and supporters, treatment providers, community members, and others.

The Boards want to know what services AVAILABLE NOW are most essential to people's recovery and ability to live successfully in the community. In times when public dollars do not meet public demand, we want to be sure to prioritize the services most important to Alaskans.

There are three ways to contribute to the conversation about Alaska’s budget priorities:


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.

Alaskan Identify Alcohol As Top Health Issue

A survey of Alaskans for the Healthy Alaskans 2020 Initiative identified alcohol use andabuse 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.​


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.

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