Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse


The Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (ABADA) is one of the advisory boards created by Alaska statute as a result of the settlement agreement creating the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (AMHTA).

ABADA was created within the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) to perform the following statutory duties:

1. Prepare and maintain a comprehensive plan of services for the prevention and treatment of alcohol, drug, and other substance abuse.

2. Advise the legislature, the governor, and state agencies re:

a. Special problems affecting mental health presented by alcoholism or drug abuse;

b. Educational research and public informational activities about problems presented by alcoholism or drug abuse;

c. Social problems that affect rehabilitation of alcoholics and drug abusers;

d. Legal processes that affect the treatment and rehabilitation of alcoholics and drug abusers;

e. Development of programs of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation for alcoholics and drug abusers; and

f. Evaluation of effectiveness of alcoholism and drug abuse programs in the state.

3. Provide recommendations concerning the use of money in the mental health trust settlement income account in a manner consistent with regulations.

Alaskan youth want and need strong and healthy role models at home and in their communities. Substance abuse by parents and community leaders was identified by stakeholders young and old as a major contributor to suicide. Alaskans seeking to make healthy choices and overcome addictions and negative behaviors can learn more about treatment and support services have a number of options. Learn more.