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Charting a Course to Recovery and Reform
When: October 10-11, 2016
Where: Anchorage, Alaska

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Charting the Course to Recovery and Reform: 

Alaskans Navigating Behavioral Health Opportunities and Adversity

October 10-11, 2016 at The Egan Center, Anchorage

The Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is joining with the Alaska Mental Health Board 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. 

Agenda   For more information, call Pat Sidmore at 465-8920.

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.

On or before November 30, 2016, the Alaska Opioid Policy Task Force will recommend strategies and policies to the Governor and Legislature to address the rising incidence of heroin use, prescription opioid abuse, and deaths due to opioid overdose. Visit the AOPTF Website​ to learn more.

Press release, 4/20/16

Alaskan Identify Alcohol As Top Health Issue

A survey of Alaskans for the Healthy Alaskans 2020 Initiative identified alcohol use andabuse 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 babused 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.

Abada Facebook page link.Share how you are promoting personal and community mental wellness on our facebook page!

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

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