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Alaska Psychiatric Institute
3700 Piper Street
Anchorage, AK 99508-4677
Telephone: (907) 269-7100
Fax: (907) 269-7251

DHSS Commissioner assumes management of API

In February, Commissioner Adam Crum assumed management of Alaska Psychiatric Institute due to the considerable problems that continue to 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.

As part of that change, DHSS has contracted with Wellpath Recovery Solutions to immediately step in and provide administrative leadership at API in an initial phase. The State of Alaska will continue to provide oversight of the hospital. If Wellpath is successful in fulfilling its mission in the first phase, the company will assume full responsibility of API after July 1, 2019.

Further details can be found in the Feb. 8, 2019 press release and the documents and information posted on this Web page. Comments and questions regarding these changes may be submitted to

Health care community support

DHSS recognizes the importance of its collaborations with health care partners across the state, as well as legislators, and appreciates the support that has already been expressed for these actions.
  • Senator David Wilson
  • Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
  • Jerry Jenkins, Alaska Behavioral Health Association
  • Jeff Jessee, College of Health, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Julie Taylor, Alaska Regional Hospital
  • Dr. Vanessa Venezia, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
  • Elke Villegas, Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital, North Star Behavioral Health
  • Dr. Andrew Mayo, Northstar Hospital
  • Roald Helgesen, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Documents related to assumption of management

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

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 consultation reports
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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