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Drug and Alcohol Treatment Benefits from Grants
A nonprofit organization that specializes in drug and alcohol treatment is expanding with grant funds.
Three grants were awarded to Set Free Alaska (SFA), totaling upwards of $1 million.
SFA is moving a majority of its services to the site of its Valley Oaks residential women's treatment center. The expansion of the facility is expected to be completed by October. After the renovations, SFA should be able to treat about 1,000 patients.
The organization treated more than 650 patients in 2017, although many others remain waitlisted.
SFA utilizes a faith-based holistic treatment model. It offers intensive inpatient and outpatient services for teenager and adults. Trauma and co-occurring mental health disorders are addressed by on-site clinicians and counselors. Its Valley Oaks program treats pregnant women and mothers. SFA also provides counseling and early intervention programs for children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 17.
Gov. Bill Walker declared last year that Alaska's opioid crisis was a major public health issue.
According to the Alaska Opioid Data Dashboard, there were 99 opioid-related overdose deaths between May 2017 and April 2018. The Matanuska-Susitna region, where Palmer is located, experienced 15 opioid fatalities.