News Release

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority 

The Alaska  Mental Health Trust Authority (Trust) awarded more than $600,000 in grants to organizations across the state in the second quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2021.

Trust grants are awarded throughout the year to Alaskan nonprofits, tribal entities, state and local government agencies, and service providers. This quarter’s grants, part of the Trust’s approximately $25M annual grant program, fund beneficiary-supporting programs and initiatives that align with the Trust’s mission and values. Beneficiaries include Alaskans who experience mental illness, substance use disorders, developmental disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, and traumatic brain injuries.

“Trust grants fund partners across the state that are working to provide support and necessary services to our beneficiaries,” said Mike Abbott, CEO of the Trust. “We are grateful for our grantees and others in Alaska who are helping improve the lives of our beneficiaries through their efforts.”

Many of the projects funded by the Trust will also receive funding from the philanthropic community, private donations, earned revenue, and other community support. The total value of the projects funded by the Trust this quarter is more than $1.8 million.

Anchorage Project Access

Christian Health Associates: $25,000

Trust funds are supporting the Anchorage Project Access (APA) program which increases access to healthcare for Trust beneficiaries experiencing mental illness, chronic health conditions, and homelessness by providing comprehensive outreach services at agencies serving beneficiaries. By enrolling beneficiaries in health insurance plans, facilitating access to primary care, and coordinating a network of volunteer specialty medical and dental providers to donate care, beneficiaries can receive care they may not otherwise get.

Ionia, Inc.: $9,900

Trust funds will support a three-month beneficiary youth-focused construction training course. The product of the project will be a tiny home on the Ionia community campus. Beneficiary youth will benefit from the hands-on learning opportunity that will support future skill development and offer a positive work experience, which may be further developed as a trade that will be beneficial for future employment.

COVID Quarantine House

Set Free Alaska: $50,000

The Trust awarded $50,000 to Set Free Alaska, a substance use treatment provider in the Mat-Su, to support their work to operate a COVID Quarantine House that provides a safe place for clients to quarantine. Lodging and food are provided through partnerships with local businesses in the Mat-Su. In addition, crisis stabilization, peer support, case management, and substance abuse counseling are provided based on an individual’s needs. Clients stay at the Quarantine House for up to 14 days and then can be transitioned to services such as residential treatment, sober housing, or a domestic violence shelter.

Below is a complete list of Trust grants awarded in the last quarter. You can learn more about the grants in a quarterly grant report posted online.

Complete list of Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority grants awarded in the last quarter. (as at Jan 13, 2021)

Complete list of Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority grants awarded in the last quarter. 

About the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is a state corporation that administers the Mental Health Trust, a perpetual trust created to ensure that Alaska has a comprehensive mental health program to serve people experiencing 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 is fully self-funded and is overseen by a seven-member board of trustees.

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