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API Privatization Leaves More Questions than Answers

February 8, 2019

ALASKA - The Disability Law Center of Alaska (DLC) is concerned about the State’s press release dated February 8, 2019, announcing the Alaska Psychiatric Institute will fall under the management of Wellpath, a private, for-profit company. Our caution stems in part from documented problems in the privatization of medical and mental health care in federal prisons, the privatization of immigration detention facilities, and the privatization of state psychiatric hospitals. According to David Fleurant, DLC’s Executive Director, “Privatization creates tension between patient care and profit. When choosing between the two, what will a Wellpath corporate office in Nashville decide?”

Download Full Press Release Here.

People Waiting for Psychiatric Evaluations Should Not be Waiting in Jail: API Needs to Explain

October 12, 2018

ALASKA – On October 9, 2018, the Department of Corrections (DOC) sent an internal email to DOC officials announcing that, due to staffing and safety concerns, API had decided to reduce bed capacity from 78 to 36 and house psychiatric patients within the Department of Corrections. The email explains that the closure is to remain in effect until API can be staffed adequately. The State has not provided the public with any information regarding its decision to house API patients alongside those serving criminal sentences. The Disability Law Center of Alaska (DLC) has grave concerns for the liberty of these patients and for the lack of public information surrounding this process.

 For more information, read the full press release HERE.

New Program at DLC

October 2, 2018

The Disability Law Center beginning a new program to ensure the Social Security funds of people with representative payees are being well managed. We will soon be conducting:

  • In-depth site reviews of representative-payees;
  • Other types of reviews on SSA’s behalf;
  • Training to ensure payees fully understand their duties and responsibilities and educate them on record-keeping and reporting duties.

This program is made possible by grant funds awarded to Protection and Advocacy agencies, like DLC, from the Social Security Administration (SSA), based on the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018, signed into law on April 13th.

Learn more about Representative Payee Site Reviews here.