• Disability Justice
  • Substance Abuse
    Prevention & Treatment
  • Beneficiary Employment
    & Engagement
  • Workforce Development
  • Housing and Long-term
    Services & Support
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Disability Justice

Trust beneficiaries are at increased risk for involvement with the criminal justice system, both as victims and defendants, due to their disabilities as well as deficiencies in the community treatment and support systems. Hundreds of beneficiaries each year are incarcerated for their safety because adequate service alternatives do not exist. Thousands more are arrested for offenses resulting from behaviors associated with symptoms of their mental disorders.

This focus area aims to reduce the involvement and recidivism of beneficiaries in the criminal justice system and increase the criminal justice system’s ability to effectively accommodate the needs of offenders who are Trust beneficiaries.

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Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment

Substance abuse and addiction constitute the largest preventable and costly health problems in the U.S. The prevalence rates and negative consequences of alcohol and drug abuse upon Alaskans are substantial. In 2010, Alaska’s costs associated with individuals dependent on or abusing alcohol/drugs was $1.2 billion.

This focus area includes strategies that fall on the full continuum of care from prevention and early intervention to treatment and recovery for Trust beneficiaries.

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Beneficiary Employment & Engagement

Meaningful employment and engagement is critical in everyone’s life. However, only 46 percent of individuals with a disability are currently employed, compared to 74 percent of individuals in the general population. Additionally, involving beneficiaries in defining and mapping out their recovery is a well-known treatment tactic and may help prevent the need for more intensive traditional service.

The Trust funds varying strategies that include integrated employment, meaningful activities, training, and peer-based recovery support programs.

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Workforce Development

The health workforce continues to experience high turnover, personnel shortages, vacancies, and a lack of well-trained, culturally diverse staff. In addition, Alaska’s population is expected to grow by 10 percent between 2012 and 2022 and, during the same period, Alaskans aged 65 and older will increase by a projected 79 percent, which will substantially increase demand for health care workers. The Trust works to ensure service providers across the state have access to a stable, capable, culturally competent workforce to serve Trust beneficiaries, their families and communities. This focus area funds different strategies from trainings for direct service workers to working with the University of Alaska on developing and offering curriculum for degrees that impact Trust beneficiaries.

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Housing and Long-term Services & Supports

Conclusive statistics have determined that many Alaskans have no place to call home. The statewide housing shortage disproportionately affects Trust beneficiaries. The high incidence of homelessness among beneficiaries can be linked to challenges associated with disabling conditions, lack of opportunity for economic advancement, lack of affordable housing, lack of supportive living situations, and lack of services required for special needs.

This focus area concentrates on increasing the availability of housing options best suited to the needs of beneficiaries that will improve or sustain their quality of life.

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