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Alaska seeks more residential recovery homes across state

November 22, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska is seeking to set up as many as 10 residential facilities across the state to support people recovering from opioid abuse.

The state is expecting to receive more than $2 million in federal money over two years to fund peer-supported homes for people in outpatient treatment or long-term recovery from addiction, Alaska Public Media reported this week.

The funding is expected to serve up to 100 people over the two-year period.

The state Department of Health and Social Services is asking for bids, targeting Anchorage, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Kenai Peninsula Borough, and the southeast and southwest regions.

“What these funds are aiming to do is to really further develop the recovery support services that are needed across the state,” said Katie Chapman, who works on opioid treatment in the state Division of Behavioral Health.

The funding can’t be directed for new construction or significant renovations, so the state is looking to expand existing treatment resources or establish new recovery houses by paying operating costs.

A small number of these types of facilities are already operating in the state, but Alaska is hoping to increase capacity, Chapman said.

“These types of programs are generally peer-run,” Chapman said. “There’s an emphasis on recovery support activities, and so they’re doing things that involve them in the community and building connection.”

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