The vision for the Healthy Minds area of focus is that all Mat-Su residents have access to a complete and effective behavioral health continuum of care. 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. 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, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and other partners to implement the recommendations that came from the BHES series of reports.

To learn more about the Healthy Minds area of focus, please contact Program Officer Ray Michaelson via email at or by phone at (907) 352-2864.