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The Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API) treats the most acute phase of a psychiatric illness when hospitalization is medically necessary. The treatment focus is on the resolution of acute symptoms which interfere with daily functioning and the precipitating psychosocial stressors that preceded the need for hospitalization. As the individual has optimized treatment, proactive discharge planning assures the return to community living and treatment.
Principles and objectives to guide quality of care:
- API’s treatment philosophy:
- Provide for the safety and health of persons served and staff;
- Accept and respect individuals’ uniqueness and affirms and nurtures their worth and hope;
- Apply the best scientific knowledge available to inform and engage persons being served with choices and responsibility for managing their recovery;
- Provide services in a trusting partnership with persons being served, their families, and support systems.
- API utilizes an acute care model of inpatient psychiatric treatment services.
- Alignment with healthcare reform to limit long and unnecessary hospitalizations.
- Alignment with the State’s vision of home and community-based treatment services.
- Greater access to available psychiatric inpatient acute care beds.