How long has Day Break been providing Adult Day Services?

Day Break began in 1982 and has an amazing history of wonderful service to individuals, their families and our community. … Read More

Is there a community need for supported housing?

In keeping with the Anchorage 10 Year Plan on Homelessness (2005) and Mayor Sullivan’s Homeless Leadership Team (2009), additional units continue to be added to our supported housing stock to address the increases in homelessness and to reduce the demand on our shelter systems. Anchorage has seen a marked reduction in deaths due to cold weather exposure since the addition of supported housing … Read More

What does it mean have “Serious Mentally Illness”?

Serious mental illness is a billing and diagnostic term defined as having at some time in the past year a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that met the criteria specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV) (American Psychiatric Association [APA], 1994), that resulted in functional impairment that substantially interfered with or … Read More

What does it mean to be mentally ill?

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life. Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income. … Read More

Who are people with ‘mental illness’?

Examples of diagnosis based on the Alaska Statutory definition (AS 47.30.056(d): i.    Schizophrenia ii.    Delusional (paranoid) disorder iii.    Mood disorders iv.    Anxiety disorders v.    Somatoform disorders vi.    Organic mental disorders vii.    Personality disorders viii.    Dissociative disorders ix.    Other psychotic or severe and persistent mental disorders … Read More

Who are the beneficiaries of The Trust?

People with mental illness People with developmental disabilities People with chronic alcoholism and other substance related disorders People with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia   More specific descriptions of The Trust beneficiaries can be found at: … Read More

Who is the Trust?

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is a state corporation that administers the Alaska Mental Health Trust, a perpetual trust managed on behalf of Trust beneficiaries. The Trust operates much like a private foundation, using its resources to ensure that Alaska has a comprehensive integrated mental health program to serve Trust beneficiaries. The goal is to serve as a catalyst for change … Read More

What is the History behind The Trust?

Prior to statehood in 1959, there were few mental health services available in the territory of Alaska for individuals who experienced mental illness or developmental disabilities. At the time, mental illness was considered a crime. People with any sort of mental disability who were unable to care for themselves or who could not be cared for by a family member or guardian were charged and … Read More

Why choose a large housing project like the Long House?

The Trust, Anchorage Homeless Coalition and other partners have worked extensively with our colleagues in Seattle and Duluth, MN on the right size for a project.  Anchorage has numerous units of housing that are mixed into the community market rentals and many smaller 8 and 12-plex developments.  We do not have the larger size housing programs like Evans House in Seattle and the New San Marco in … Read More

How would ACMHS make sure the residents are good neighbors?

ACMHS will have an expectation of all residents and staff that we are all good neighbors. This means people are safe and we take care of our neighborhood. We help our neighbors. We keep our neighborhood neat and clean. We treat everyone with respect. If we need help, we ask. If someone else needs help, we help.   In addition, ACMHS intends to have an ongoing advisory group, including … Read More