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The Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse will be holding a meeting on December 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. All participants can join the meeting by calling 1-800-315-6338 code 58920# or by attending in person at the Alaska Office Building, Room 416, Main Street in Juneau or the Frontier Office Building, Room 880, 3601 C Street in Anchorage.
Public comment will be taken from 2:15 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Depending on the number of people seeking to offer public comment, the time allotted may be limited to 2 minutes per person.
If you need additional information please contact Clarena Hieber
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.
Charting the Course to Recovery and Reform:
Alaskans Navigating Behavioral Health Opportunities and Adversity
October 10-11, 2016 at The Egan Center, Anchorage
The Alaska Mental Health Board is joining with the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse to host a conference on behavioral health – open and free to anyone who wants to attend. This is not the usual board meeting. It’s an opportunity for you to learn from and share information with peers and colleagues, to inform and influence policymakers and community leaders as we chart a new course for behavioral health services in Alaska. There will be presentations and discussion about Medicaid reform, peer support, veterans services, opioid prevention, community prevention, and much more. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage with board members and other policymakers on these issues.
For more information, call Pat Sidmore at 465-8920.
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:
If you or someone you know is in need of mental health services, treatment is available.
- Call 2-1-1 or visit www.Alaska211.org.
- Visit the online Mental Health Services Locator.
- Call the Alaska Mental Health Board at 1-888-464-8920.
- Call the 24/7 Treatment Referral Line at 1-800-662-4357 (provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
- Call the Alaska Peer Support Consortium at 907-258-2772 for information about peer support services in your community.
- Alaska’s Careline provides confidential 24/7 crisis support and intervention.
Alaskans can manage their emotional and mental fitness just like they can their physical health.
Learn about positive ways to improve and maintain your mental and emotional health from the Boards' Sound Minds in Sound Bodies campaign. Attend a training on how to identify signs of depression, how to reach out for support, and how to connect people to help.
Share how you are promoting personal and community mental wellness on our facebook page!
The Americans with Disabilities Act and Mental Health: Learn More, Be Empowered
Information and support for families of children and youth experiencing mood disorders: fact sheets, educational webinars, tools specifically for teens, support groups and more are all available.