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Program Officer: Ray Michaelson,, (907) 352-2864

The goal of the Healthy Minds focus area is that all residents are able to access a complete behavioral health system of care that works. This focus area was developed after completion of a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) in 2013.  All five of the top health goals articulated by the community during the CHNA process were specifically related to behavioral health, leading the foundation to commission a Behavioral Health Environmental Scan (BHES). The scan resulted in three separate reports, each of which may be accessed at the links below. The project was designed to learn what is working in Mat-Su’s behavioral health system and what can be improved. MSHF staff are now working with community-based behavioral health providers, the Alaska State Division of Behavioral Health, and other partners to implement the recommendations that came from the BHES series of reports.

The BHES project included researching and analyzing the following:
  • Patient access and flow through the continuum of care
  • Barriers and challenges to accessing services
  • Service availability and potential gaps or linkage issues
  • System response and service provision for behavioral health emergencies
  • State and national policy and regulatory effects on the Mat-Su system
  • Policies and practices that have worked in like communities to address challenges
  • Upstream prevention opportunities

Report 1: The Crisis Response System

Click here to download the Report 1 Executive Summary

Click here to download Report 1 in its entirety

Click here to download infographics from Report 1 

Report 2: The System of Care

Click here to download the Report 2 Executive Summary

Click here to download Report 2 in its entirety 

Report 3: Keeping Our Children Well-Cared-For and Safe

Click here to download the Report 3 Executive Summary.

Click here to download Report 3 in its entirety.

More data about Mat-Su and Alaska behavioral health is available in these reports published by the Alaska Mental Health Trust:

Alaska Behavioral Health System Assessment, Mat-Su Regional Data Report 2009-2013, Updated 10-29-15

Alaska Behavioral Health Systems Assessment Final Report, Updated 10-22-15


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