About the Boards
The Alaska Mental Health Board and the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse were created by statute as advisory and planning councils related to mental health and substance abuse. The Boards have 6 duties: to advise the executive and legislative branches, to educate members of government and the public, to advocate on behalf of consumers and their families and communites, and to plan, coordinate, and evaluate publicly funded behavioral health services. In performing these duties, the Boards work in collaboration with the Department of Health and Social Services, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, and other executive agencies, as well as provider organizations, community organizations, and social services agencies.
The Boards are made up of volunteer board members appointed by the Governor, and are supported by 6 staff people.