Mental Health Trust Authority Awards Over $1.1 Million in Grants to Organizations
ANCHORAGE, AK—The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority recently awarded over $1,145,000 in grants to various organizations in nine communities across the state.
On average, the Trust grants approximately $18 million annually to various nonprofits, state agencies and projects that promote long-term system change and/or innovative projects that improve the lives and circumstances of Trust beneficiaries. Grants are awarded throughout the year. “These grants demonstrate the Trust’s commitment to supporting a variety of programs and will have a positive impact on beneficiaries across the state,” said Mike Abbott, CEO.
Organizations and grant amounts include:
- Fairbanks Rescue Mission Inc.: $305,000
This project will establish a shared multiagency Rapid Re-Housing program that quickly connects families and individuals experiencing homelessness to permanent, private market housing through intensive case management, applicable employment services, and tapering financial support. Fairbanks Rescue Mission was chosen as the lead agency because they have successfully implemented the veteran’s administration rapid rehousing program for the area. Rapid rehousing is a supportive housing service that is not currently available as a coordinated service in the Fairbanks area. It provides housing, case management and landlord support to ensure people who have been homeless maintain their housing and mitigate or stabilize the circumstances that led to the episode of homelessness.
- Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness: $135,000
The Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (AKCH2) is Alaska's homeless and affordable housing advocacy body. AKCH2 carries out the day to day management of the Balance of State Continuum of Care program, oversees the contract for the Alaska Homeless Management Information System, and hosts an annual housing & homelessness conference each year. A Rural Housing Planner position will be added by this grant to expand the capacity of rural Alaska to build local coalitions and readiness to apply for funding to meet these needs.
- Alaska Pioneer Homes: $175,000
This grant will be used for a Pioneer Home staffing analysis to maximize facility utilization. The Alaska Pioneer Homes are the largest assisted living home provider for the Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia population in the state. The report will make recommendations on efficient staffing mechanisms to maximize the number of beds and levels of care available to the community and will be issued to the Governor’s Office and Legislature to inform the FY20 budget cycle.
- Community Connections, Inc.: $70,000
This funding will contribute to the cost of a remodeling project for the Community Connections facility located in Craig which serves beneficiaries with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other behavioral health conditions living on the Prince of Wales Island. The renovation will include a “practice apartment” to provide a real-life simulated environment where beneficiaries can learn and practice living skills, provide space for families in need of respite from 24-hour care of their family member and upgrades to the early learning and children’s mental health space. These facility improvements will result in better care for beneficiaries and their families and improve overall facility functionality.
- Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education: $25,000
Funds will be used to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative; to increase employment outcomes for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Council; will use funds to coordinate travel for staff, self-advocates and Council members to attend the 2018 Key Campaign in Juneau ands other travel related to training on Supported Decision-Making, produce professional videos that demonstrate how Supported Decision-making Agreements work, and print copies of the “Alaska Transition Handbook: Pathway to Adulthood & Employment for dissemination statewide.
- Alaska Institute of Justice: $10,000
The Alaska Institute for Justice Language Interpreter Center will partner with The Arc of Anchorage to develop a Language Access Plan. The Arc is dedicated to serving children and adults who experience developmental disabilities or mental health issues. A Language Access Plan will help guide The Arc in providing access to their services for limited English-proficient individuals and their families.
Other grants awarded include: