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Alaska Psychiatric Institute management and operations

DHSS commissioner takes over management of API

InFebruary 2019, Commissioner Adam Crum assumed management of the Alaska Psychiatric Institute due to the considerable problems that put patients and staff in jeopardy and in light of ongoing investigations by state and federal regulatory authorities. Alaska Statute 47.32.140 gives the commissioner the authority to assume management of a licensed health care entity when there is reasonable cause to believe there’s a danger to the health, safety or welfare of those receiving care from that entity. 

Contract for hospital administration services

As part of that change, DHSS contracted with Wellpath Recovery Solutions to immediately step in during Phase 1 and provide administrative leadership at API. That contract originally planned for Wellpath to assume full responsibility for API in Phase 2 if it successfully fulfilled its mission in the first phase. In response to concerns from the community, in April 2019, Phase 2 was removed from Wellpath’s contract by mutual agreement.

The facility is currently managed by State of Alaska employees with Wellpath acting in an advisory and support role to the state’s administrative team. Wellpath’s contract to provide hospital administration services was changed in September 2019 to continue Phase 1 on a month-to-month basis through March 31, 2020.

The vendor for Phase 2, which will include long term management and operations of the facility, will be determined through a request for proposals (RFP) process. This step was taken not due to any violations of the procurement process, but rather so Alaskan have trust in their government and know that decisions are being made in the best interest of the safety of our patients and staff. 

Timeline of key dates

Download the November 2019 Fact Sheet for an overview of API and recent events

Further details can be found in the documents and information posted on this webpage. Comments and questions regarding these changes may be submitted to

The following are non-confidential, public documents that provide further information about the ongoing situation at API.

Documents related to assumption of management

Background Documents

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid –
Statements of Deficiencies and Plan of Correction
Legislative proceedings
Emergency Operations Center Psychiatric Care Capacity Response, October-December 2018
Workplace safety investigation, 2018
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) consultation reports
Forensic Psychiatric Hospital Feasibility Study

This project was designed to identify challenges facing the forensic psychiatric system and to issue feasible recommendations for improvement to that system.
Other reports & studies
Bargaining union contracts
Certificates of Need

Recent Certificate of Need (CON) activity details for behavioral health or acute psychiatric care services are available online for:
For access to documents not listed here please submit a public records request. 

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