About Us

The Alaska Psychiatric Association is a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association, a medical specialty society representing more than 38,000 physician leaders in mental health.

The objectives of the Alaska Psychiatric Association are to continuously improve the ability of its members to provide quality psychiatric services to individuals and families in need. The Association also strives to promote the welfare of all those with mental illness and to foster the medically-based principles of psychiatry.

Our Mission

The Association, in collaboration with the American Psychiatric Association, is committed to: 

  • Improving the treatment, rehabilitation, and care of the mentally ill, the cognitively impaired and the emotionally disturbed;
  • Promoting research, professional education in psychiatry and allied fields and the prevention of psychiatric disability;
  • Advancing the standards of all psychiatric services and facilities;
  • Fostering the cooperation of all who are concerned with the medical, psychological, social and legal aspects of mental health and illness; 
  • Making psychiatric knowledge available to other practitioners of medicine, to scientists in other fields of knowledge, and to the public; and
  • Promoting the best interests of patients and those actually or potentially making use of mental health services.

 The Alaska Psychiatric Association designates representatives serving as members of these national networks and provides supportive activities in the areas of legislative advocacy, public information and education.