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Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority awards nearly $17,000 for projects in Juneau

Funds support community integration, hospital’s mental health unit

Posted: August 25, 2013 - 12:10am

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority recently awarded $16,940 in grants for two projects in Juneau.

REACH will receive a $7,250 grant to expand their community inclusion efforts. The grant money will be used for initial support and planning for a new community programs department, which will include the Canvas Art Studio as well as increased life skills training, volunteer opportunities, and access to community events. REACH offers information, referrals, support and services for children, adults and families experiencing developmental delay or disabilities. Headquartered in Juneau, REACH also serves Haines, Petersburg, Skagway, Yakutat, Hoonah and Wrangell.

Bartlett Regional Hospital was awarded a $9,690 grant for its Mental Health Unit. The grant will be used to purchase behavioral health grade furniture for its multipurpose day room, which is used for group treatment, dining, recreation and visitor reception. The Mental Health Unit serves inpatients experiencing mental health illness and/or chronic alcoholism.

The Trust awarded a total of $112,818 in grants statewide in July for innovative small projects ($10,000 or less) that are a direct benefit to Trust beneficiaries. These beneficiaries include people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, chronic alcoholism and other substance related disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, and traumatic brain injury resulting in permanent brain injury.

Grant applications are accepted three times yearly. The deadline for the next cycle of small project grants is Nov. 1. Grant guidelines, eligibility requirements and an online application are available at: www.mhtrust.org/index.cfm/Trust-Funding/Grant-Opportunities/673. For more information, contact Lucas Lind, Trust Grants Administrator, at (907) 269-7999 or lucas.lind@alaska.gov.

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is a state corporation that administers the Mental Health Trust, a perpetual trust created prior to statehood to ensure that Alaska has a comprehensive mental health program to serve people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, chronic alcoholism and other substance related disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, and traumatic brain injury that results in permanent brain injury. The Trust operates much like a private foundation, using its resources to fund system change, demonstration projects, funding partnerships, technical assistance and Trust-initiated projects.

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