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Beverly Schoonover
Acting Executive Director 

Alaska Behavioral Health Resource Guide

If you, a family member or friend is hurting and considering suicide, PLEASE call Careline at
1-877-266-HELP (4357)


Alaska Scorecard
Key Issues Impacting Alaska Mental Health Trust Beneficiaries

Board Meeting

September 24-26, 2019
Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center - Kenai, AK

Marijuana Initiative facts 

Adverse Childhood Experiences link to site.

We are all Alaskans link. 

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Alaska's Division of Libraries has a new reference portal to find information and resources about mental health issues. Contact Librarian
Julie Niederhauser for more information.

News and Headlines

Transforming Schools- A Framework for Trauma Engaged Practice
This framework was developed in response to requests from concerned Alaskans across the state. It is a collaborative project of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, First Alaskans Institute, Alaska Afterschool Network, Alaska Mental Health Board, Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Alaska Child Trauma Center, and Association of Alaska School Board’s Initiative for Community Engagement. More than 200 community members, school board members, school staff, counselors, nurses, and administrators throughout the state contributed input and feedback.

The Statewide Suicide Prevention Council recently released its updated five-year State Suicide Prevention Plan. The action plan stresses that all Alaskans play a role in building resilient individuals and resilient communities. To see the updated plan, please go to:

The State of Alaska recently submitted a Medicaid Section 1115 Behavioral Health Demonstration Application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). To see the submitted application and a summary of the public comments received, please go to:

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health is a comprehensive review of the science of substance use, misuse, and disorders. This report, the first ever issued by the Surgeon General which speaks to the importance of the issues related to substance abuse. Previous reports of the Surgeon General, including those on tobacco (1964), AIDS (1987), and mental health (1999), have helped to create understanding and urgency to address critical public health challenges.

Healthy Alaska Medicaid Redesign link to site.

1115 Behavioral Health Medicaid Waiver - public commenting.

Alaska Opioid Policy Task Force
In response to Alaska’s heroin epidemic and communities’ call for action heard across the state, the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, and Alaska Department of Health and Social Services are convening the Alaska Opioid Policy Task Force (AOPTF). This task force of Alaskan experts will work collaboratively with stakeholders and coalitions statewide.
Visit the AOPTF Website​ to learn more.

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Childhood Trauma Costs All Alaskans

What we experience as children affects us for a lifetime. The effects of childhood trauma go far beyond one child or one family, and can pass from generation to generation. Part of reducing the impact of childhood trauma in Alaska is getting educated:

Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center banner link to site.