About Prevention & Early Intervention

Following the reorganization of the Department of Health and Social Services, and the development of the new Division of Behavioral Health, the process began to develop an integrated, comprehensive division that included substance abuse, mental health and fetal alcohol syndrome. Through a process of internal workgroups, discussion and design the Division of Behavioral Health developed seven (7) specific sections to address the needs of the people of Alaska related to quality behavioral health.

Those sections include:

• Administrative Services
• Program Integrity
• Policy and Program Development
• Alaska AIMS
• Treatment and Recovery
• Prevention and Early Intervention Services

The section of Prevention and Early Intervention Services is the combination of a number of programs that had previously been located in the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; the Office of FAS; Public Health; and Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.

The goal for this section is to develop a clear, coordinated and comprehensive approach to promotion of healthy individuals, prevention of behavioral health problems, and earlier intervention when a problem is recognized.

The programs included in this section are:

• Suicide prevention
• Substance abuse prevention / Partners for Success
• Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
• Alcohol Safety Action Program
• Tobacco enforcement and vendor/youth education
• Alcohol and Drug Information Schools

In combining these programs into a single section focused on promotion, prevention and early intervention we are committed to developing an integrated, community-based approach to proactive services that will assist us in improving the overall health of Alaska’s communities, families and individuals.