VISION – Alaskans receive full life-span prevention, treatment and support services at the appropriate level of care that lead to meaningful lives in their home communities.
Strengthening the system identifies priorities for the next five years in order to make planning and funding decisions to meet the needs of the Alaska Mental Health Trust beneficiaries. The aim is to strengthen the care system to enable a comprehensive approach that quickly addresses their needs.
In addition to the definition of the following nine goals with corresponding goals, strategies are identified for the first time that offer concrete approaches to achieve these goals. Also unique to this plan is a strong focus on prevention and early intervention efforts that build resilience and treat trauma in those at risk of developing disability.
Strengthening the System was released in July 2019 and includes a welcome letter from DHSS Commissioner Crum and Chair of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Mary Jane Michael, an introduction, the basic goal of the plan, and nine individual goals: Strengthening the System includes a welcome letter by DHSS Commissioner Crum and AMHTA Chairman Mary Jane Michael, an introduction, the basic goal of the plan, and nine individual goals:
Strengthening the System: Alaska’s Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Program Plan 2020-24
Alaska Scorecard 2020
The scorecard is a data measurement tool that examines the health outcomes of the Alaskan population receiving care and services, as described in Strengthening the system. It is researched and produced annually by executives and planners representing the DHSS, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, and related state agencies, boards and commissions.
The 2020 version of the scorecard has been redesigned to include both new indicators and new narratives that match Strengthening the system and is formatted to be consistent with the use of the Result-Based Accountability Framework (RBA). The scorecard can be downloaded below as a full PDF or by target:
Alaska Scorecard 2020: Key Issues Affecting Beneficiaries of the Alaska Mental Health Trust
- Scorecard overview
- Goal 1: early childhood, indicators 1-4
Developmental screening, regulation of emotions, social support, health and wellbeing
- Goal 2: health care, indicators 5-6
Health insurance, non-fatal falls in the hospital
- Goal 3: Economic and Social Wellbeing, indicators 7-10
Income for housing, chronic homelessness, employed people with disabilities, above the poverty line
- Goal 4: Prevention of substance use disorders, indicators 11-13
Need for treatment through drug use in a specialized facility, psychiatric care, alcohol-related mortality
- Goal 5: Suicide Prevention, Indicators 14-16
Suicide attempt and suicide rates
- Goal 6: Protect Vulnerable Alaskans, indicators 17-19
Child abuse, domestic family treatment, reporting of harm to adults
- Goal 7: Services in the least restrictive environment, indicators 20-22
Served by renouncing domestic and community levels, referrals to therapeutic courts, diverted referrals to juvenile justice
- Goal 8: Services in the institutional setting, indicators 23-27
Inpatient readmissions in nursing homes and intermediate care facilities, adolescents in DJJ facilities with behavioral problems, detainees with psychotic disorders or schizophrenia
- Goal 9: Workforce, data and finance, indicators 28-30
SHARP contracts, Alaska Training Cooperative events, Medicaid expenses
The comprehensive plan and the scorecard are a collaboration between
the Department of Health and Social Services and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
under Alaska Statute 47.30.660. It is further coordinated with the federal government, the federal states,
regional, tribal, local, and private institutions engaged in mental health services.