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The Alaska Psychiatric Association is a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association, the largest psychiatric organization in the world.  We represent psychiatric physicians across the state of Alaska, and work collectively on their behalf and on behalf of the patients they serve.  

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Join us for the upcoming 27th Annual AkPA CME Conference, March 26-29, 2020

 We will feature our Thursday, Pre-Conference Day, focusing on Addiction.

 

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Current Events in Mental Health

Fairbanks Court's Treatment of Mentally Ill Spurs New National Position Statement

In response to a member complaint about Alaska judges shackling and transporting mentally ill inpatients to court in police vehicles, the American Psychiatric Association is developing a Position Statement to guide civil commitment courts in the respectful treatment of people with severe mental illness.

For more than a decade, Alaska’s Fourth Judicial District, based in Fairbanks, has maintained a policy that requires civil commitment respondents be transported from Fairbanks Memorial Hospital to the downtown courthouse in the same manner accused criminals are transported to jail. Fourth Judicial District policy explicitly states that mentally ill patients are to be transported to “best serve the convenience of the court and counsel.” However, Alaska Psychiatric Association members have long maintained that treating disabled people like criminals is harmful.

 

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