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Alaska’s Lack of Psychiatric Beds and Consequences

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dc.contributor.author Cravez, Pamela
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-13T21:48:43Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-13T21:48:43Z
dc.date.issued 2017-07-14
dc.identifier.citation Cravez, Pamela. (2017). "Alaska’s Lack of Psychiatric Beds and Consequences." Alaska Justice Forum 34(1) (Summer 2017, online edition). en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11122/7683
dc.description This updates the article which appears on pp. 5–8 of the Summer 2017 print edition. en_US
dc.description.abstract Patients experiencing psychiatric emergencies referred to Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API) in Anchorage must frequently must wait four to six days before being admitted. API, with 80 beds, is the state’s sole psychiatric hospital and provider of inpatient services. Two additional Designated Evaluation and Treatment (DET) hospitals — Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (20 beds) and Juneau’s Bartlett Regional Hospital (12 beds) — provide care for acute psychiatric emergencies. According to a recent privatization report there is no infrastructure in Alaska to support longer, more complex intervention as a routine form of inpatient treatment. This has not always been the case. This article traces the history of Alaska mental health policy and discusses the consequences of the lack of capacity to treat mental illness in the community, including growing numbers entering the corrections system. en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents [Introduction] API is Full / API: High Admission Rates, Short Stays / Full-Service Hospital / Downsizing / New Admissions Policy / Fewer Hospital Beds, More Prison Beds / More Beds and Fewer on Horizon / References // SIDEBAR: Mental Health Problems High Among Inmates, Especially Females en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage en_US
dc.source Alaska Justice Forum en_US
dc.subject Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API) en_US
dc.subject correctional inmates en_US
dc.subject mental health en_US
dc.title Alaska’s Lack of Psychiatric Beds and Consequences en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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