Alaska has a shortage of health care workers, especially in rural areas. Students from around Southeast came to Juneau to explore careers in behavioral health, a field that covers mental health and substance abuse.
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority CEO Mike Abbott sounded like he was talking about an invasive medical screening when he described being audited. He updated lawmakers on how the trust is fixing problems identified in a scathing audit report.
When Alaska residents go through a severe mental health crisis, many rural clinics lack the resources to ensure their safety. About 10 patients are held in the Haines rural jail each year awaiting transport to hospitals.