Alaska Statutes.
Title 47. Welfare, Social Services and Institutions
Chapter 30. Mental Health
Section 520. Legislative Purpose.
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AS 47.30.520. Legislative Purpose.

It is the purpose of the Community Mental Health Services Act to

(1) provide a range of community based inpatient, outpatient, and support services for persons with mental disorders;

(2) assist communities in planning, organizing, and financing community mental health services through locally developed, administered, and controlled community mental health programs;

(3) better develop and use resources at both state and local levels;

(4) develop and implement plans for comprehensive mental health services based on demonstrated need on a regional basis;

(5) improve the effectiveness of existing mental health services;

(6) integrate state-operated and community mental health programs into a unified mental health system;

(7) ensure that consumers, families, and representatives of communities within mental health planning regions can participate in planning for, determining the need for, and allocating mental health resources;

(8) provide a means of allocating money available for state mental health services according to community needs;

(9) encourage the full use of all existing public or private agencies, facilities, personnel, and funds to accomplish these objectives; and

(10) prevent unnecessary duplication and fragmentation of services and expenditures.

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