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1/12/18- Alison Kulas Begins Tenure as Executive Director
Alison Kulas, Executive Director

The Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, The Alaska Mental Health Board and the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council have selected Alison Kulas as their new executive director, effective Jan. 9. She replaces Kate Burkhart who left the position after nearly 10 years to become the state’s Ombudsman.


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: www.dhss.alaska.gov/suicideprevention

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: http://dhss.alaska.gov/HealthyAlaska/Pages/PublicComment/1115waiverComment.aspx

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.


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.


Alaskan Identify Alcohol As Top Health Issue

A survey of Alaskans for the Healthy Alaskans 2020 Initiative identified alcohol use and abuse and other substance abuse as two of the top ten health issues facing our state. This is an example of how the people of Alaska can have a voice in policymaking.

Healthy Alaskans 2020 is part of a national initiative that supports health promotion and prevention. Learn more about Healthy Alaskans 2020.​



 

Teen Alcohol, Drug Use Declined
Marijuana Use Steady

Nationally, high school students used alcohol and abused prescription medication less in 2014 than in 2013 but marijuana use rates stayed the same. Read about the Monitoring the Future Survey and see Alaska's Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data.

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Find out about SAMHSA grants for substance abuse prevention and intervention HERE.

ABADA/AMHB Newsletter articles.
Get information about programs and support for recovery.
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