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Moving Forward: Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Plan, 2006-2011

Executive Summary

Moving Forward, Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Plan 2006-2011 is the work of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and other state agencies, boards and commissions. This plan is a response to a statutory requirement that such a plan be developed (AS 47.30.660).

The Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Plan has a vision of optimal quality of life for Alaskans, especially those Alaskans who receive services under the Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Program. By law, these recipients (also called beneficiaries) are Alaskans who have a mental illness, a developmental disability, experience chronic alcoholism or suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Also included are individuals at risk of developing these conditions — for example, children who exhibit behaviors or symptoms suggesting they may develop a mental disorder.

The Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Plan 2006-2011 looks at the status of Trust beneficiaries in four areas: health , safety , quality of life and economic security . Data are used to show long-term changes in these four areas. Another section of the Plan examines current service delivery and gaps in service. The Plan highlights current efforts to improve health, safety, living with dignity, and economic security for Trust beneficiaries and indicates future avenues for further efforts.

Abbreviations Used in this Plan

  • CIMHP — Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Plan
  • DHSS — Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
  • AMHTA — Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
  • AS — Alaska Statutes
  • AMHB — Alaska Mental Health Board
  • ABADA — Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
  • ACoA — Alaska Commission on Aging
  • GCDSE — Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education

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