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Department of Health, Alaska

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The Department of Health and Social Services is an agency in Alaska.

The stated mission of the Department of Health and Social Services is to "promote and protect the health and well-being of all Alaskans." Recent priorities of the department include substance abuse; health and wellness; health-care reform; longterm care; and vulnerable Alaskans.[1]


The FY 2011 operating budget totals $2,252,677.30.[2] Funding breakdown is as follows:

  • Unrestricted General (UGF): $930,536.10
  • Designated General (DGF): $68,170.40
  • Other Funds: $94,489.50
  • Federal Funds: $1,159,481.30
Program Allocations
Departmental Support Services $47,760.5
Human Services Community Matching Grant $1,685.3
Community Initiative Matching Grants (non-statutory) $689.3
Medicaid Services $1,326,515.5
Total $2,252,677.30


Services offered by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services include assistance services such as Child Care, Adult Public Assistance, Medicaid and Medicare, and the WIC (Women’s, Infants and Children Program); senior services such as Alaska Pioneer Homes, Eldercare, and the Elder Abuse Hotline; health services such as the Adult Dental Care Program, Alaska Psychiatric Institute, Family Planning, Immunization Information, Substance Abuse Treatment and Public Health Nursing Centers; and children’s services such as the Child Abuse Hotline, Adoption and guardianship services, Foster Care, Independent Living, and the Infant Learning Program.[3]

The Medicaid program is administered by the state and provides payment for medical services for low-income citizens. The state recently changed the program to provide people in need of institutional care with the opportunity to stay at a home.[4]

The Medicare program provides health coverage to people 65 and older and people with certain disabilities.[5]

The Alaska Food Stamps Program provides food benefits to low-income households. Half the cost of operating the program in Alaska is paid by the state; the federal government funds 100% of the Food Stamp benefit.[6]

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services operates the Alaska Pioneer Homes, the mission of which is to "assist older Alaskans to have the highest quality of life by providing assisted living in a safe home setting which promotes positive relationships, meaningful activities, and physical, emotional, and spiritual growth." The Pioneer Homes operating budget for 2011 is $57,262.2.[7] As of June 30, 2009, there were 462 residents.[8]


Detailed budget information is available on the Department website, as well as published audits and strategic reports.[9][10]

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