Mental health programs in Juneau, Klawock, Sitka and Petersburg have received grants totaling nearly $25,000 from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. The grants will fund a community mental health education program, help create health evaluations that are more culturally relevant for Alaska Natives, provide a Native wellness conference and pay for a skills-building workshop for those recovering from substance abuse.
The Trust recently awarded a total of nine grants statewide totaling $66,279 to help fund new and innovative projects to benefit Alaskans who experience mental illness, mental retardation or similar disabilities, chronic alcoholism with psychosis, or Alzheimer's disease or related dementia.
The grants are:
$10,000 to the Substance Abuse Directors Association of Alaska to conduct a self-advocacy skills building workshop in Juneau early in 2001 for people recovering from substance abuse addiction and to help facilitate statewide awareness of prevention and treatment issues.
$7,525 to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium to conduct the Native American Wellness and Unity Conference, a four-day conference focusing on drug and alcohol abuse, anger management, stress and traditional culture. It will be held at Klawock on Prince of Wales Island.
$1,160 to Petersburg Children's Center for a community-wide education series for child-care providers, teachers and parents. The program will provide free instruction on issues such as severe mental illness in children, developmental disabilities and fetal alcohol syndrome.
The trust was established by the Alaska Legislature in 1994 with $200 million in cash and nearly one million acres of land. During fiscal year 2001, trustees have spent nearly $17 million in earnings for mental health services.