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Beverly Schoonover
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AMHB/ABADA
Board Meeting

October 8-9, 2020
Agenda


Welcome to the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

The Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (ABADA) and the Alaska Mental Health Board (AMHB) are the state agencies charged with planning and coordinating behavioral health services funded by the State of Alaska. The joint mission of AMHB and ABADA is to advocate for programs and services that promote healthy, independent, productive Alaskans.

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News and Headlines

September 2020

Public Comment for October 8-9 Board Meeting 

(Deadline for Submission October 7th)

AMHB/ABADA is accepting written public comments for the upcoming board meeting. This is an opportunity for Alaskans to voice opinions, make suggestions and advise the Boards about problems and issues with the state-funded behavioral health system in your communities. Your comments will be shared with Board members at the October 8-9 Board meeting and will be used to guide outreach, education, and advocacy efforts.

To provide written comments, email amhb.abada@alaska.gov by Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

Comments will also be accepted over the phone or through the Zoom link during the meeting. Click here to see the agenda.


March 2020

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

DHSS is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus. Learn more about 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).


February 2020


Advocacy Materials
The information sheets below are a brief snapshot of the most current data for Alaska. They were created in partnership with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, the Alaska Commission on Aging and the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education. For more information, go to the Trust’s Joint Advocacy page.


January 2020


The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority contracted with McDowell Group to prepare two studies, The Economic Costs of Alcohol Misuse in Alaska and The Economic Costs of Drug Misuse in Alaska. Each study examines costs associated with health care, the criminal justice system, lost or reduced workplace productivity, and public assistance and social services, as well as a range of other impacts related to substance misuse. The summary is
locatedhere.


November 2019


Joint Advocacy Report
This report contains bills and budget items that passed during the 2019 legislative session and affect Mental Health Trust beneficiaries. To read more about these bills, go to www.akleg.gov and type in the bill number in the Search box. To read more about budget items, visit the Division of Legislative Finance.


September 2019

 

Fall Board of Directors Meeting
The ABADA/AMHB Board of Directors meeting was held September 24th-26th in Kenai, AK along with a public comment meeting held September 25th. Please find a summary report of the meeting here.

1115 Medicaid Waiver Demonstration Project
The 1115 Waiver is fully approved, offering a broader range of services to fill existing service gaps and reduce Alaska's reliance on crisis services. The substance use disorder component was approved in November 2018 with implementation beginning in July 2019.
Read more in the Sept. 5, 2019 news release. Visit the 1115 Behavioral Health Medicaid Waiver page for more information.


July 2019


Alaska Epidemiologic Profile on Substance Use, Abuse and Dependency

The State Epidemiology Workgroup (SEW) released this summary to provide insight into prevalence, morbidity, mortality and societal consequences associated with substance use in Alaska.


Strengthening the System: Alaska’s Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Program Plan (2020-2024)
Strenghtening the System: Alaska's Comprehensive integrated Mental Health Program Plan
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), in partnership with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (Trust), released this plan which assists with guiding resources to the services, workforce and facilities necessary to meet the needs of Trust beneficiaries. Trust beneficiaries include Alaskans who experience mental illness, developmental and intellectual disabilities, chronic alcoholism and drug dependence, traumatic brain injuries, or Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.


January 2019


Recasting the Net: Promoting Wellness to Prevent Suicide in Alaska, 2018-2022 Statewide Suicide Prevention Plan

The Statewide Suicide Prevention Council calls on all Alaskans to recognize our roles in building resilient individuals and resilient communities so we can act together to prevent suicide.




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