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Channel 2 NewsYou need not look any further than a couple blocks from Alaska's capitol building to see what the potential effects of an $8 million cut to behavioral health would have on Juneau's Polaris House. Executive Director Dorothy Green says her facility...
Channel 2 NewsSen. Mark Begich is co-sponsoring legislation aimed at improving mental health care in this country. The proposal is an expansion on a measure that Begich had proposed last year to improve mental health services on college campuses. It has drawn...
Channel 2 NewsPresident Obama's plan for increased gun control has created quite a stir on both the statewide and national stages, with much attention focused on Americans' access to guns -- but controversy has also arisen around its call for new legislation on...
Channel 2 NewsThe Director of the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program at the University of Colorado, Dr. Chad Morris, will speak with Alaska tobacco and behavioral health experts today, January 8, as part of a summit at the Alaska Mental Health Trust Offices....
Tags: Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Health
For years, Anchorage has tolerated the behavior of chronic street alcoholics. Many give money to the panhandlers, who often use the cash to buy alcohol, which they drink in their camps hidden in the wooded areas around town. But this year, the problems...
Channel 2 NewsSenator Mark Begich is calling for attention to improving mental health services in the wake of last week's deadly school shooting in Connecticut. The Alaska Democrat introduced a measure aimed at improving mental health services on college campuses...
Tags: Mental Health, Mark Begich, Health
The Associated PressStarting Tuesday (January 1, 2013), health insurance policies in Alaska will be required to cover treatment of autism spectrum disorders. A portion of that bill, setting up a task force to study such things as the state providing insurance coverage...
Tags: Autism, Insurance, Health Insurance, Sean Parnell, Contracts
Channel 2 NewsStarting January 1, 2013 Alaska becomes the 31st state to have a law requiring most private insurance companies to cover the diagnosis, testing and treatment of autism spectrum disorders for children and young adults up to the age of 21. Channel 2 spoke...
Channel 2 NewsAlcohol treatment and homeless experts in Anchorage say there’s a segment of the homeless population that’s growing more troubled and harder to help, because the people in this group almost always have a combination of brain damage from...
Channel 2 NewsAccording to a new report from McDowell Group, an Alaska research and consulting firm, alcohol and drug abuse took a heavy toll on Alaska's economy in 2010. The report was funded by the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Alaska Mental Health...
Tags: Substance Abuse, Mental Health
Chugiak-Eagle River StarBeing the new kid in school is hard. But Eagle River High School tries to do all it can to make that transition a little easier. And it’s working. Just ask Meagan Loveland. As someone who’s lived in the Netherlands, New Mexico and most...
Channel 2 NewsOn Saturday, about 100 people strapped on their running shoes in Midtown to participate in the second annual MDA Muscle Walk. A series of local walk events were held across the country to pay tribute and raise funds for children and adults served by...
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