FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Psychiatric Hospital in Anchorage has made some recent changes in this past week designed to better manage the controversial state–run facility.
Controversy has been the topic of discussion from legislators around the state voicing concern over the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum's decision to contract with 'Wellpath Recovery Solutions,' a for–profit company focusing on oversight. Which Crum stated is a "nationally recognized health care company." Senator Bill Wielechowski testified against the company in last week's Senate floor session.
"So who is Wellpath? And that is why I am standing up today to express my grave concerns over what is happening here. Because what we have found is that Wellpath is not a nationally recognized company they are a healthcare company that have existed for exactly four months," said Wielechowski
In the Press release from the DHSS, Commissioner Crum has chosen Well path to provide administrative leadership and oversight, with the expectation of bringing A–P–I back to compliance and back to capacity by June 30, 2019. Wielechowski also noted to the senate that Wellpath was formally known as Correct Care and is affiliated with GEO group. Which, according to Wielechowski's testimony on the senate floor...
"Correct care solutions, just a recent article from November 2nd 2017, has been sued 140 times, and blamed for at least 6 deaths," he read to the Senate.
Wielechowski went on to state numerous documents citing the companies for violations of first amendment rights and poor medical care – leading to multiple deaths in other states.
“DHSS quickly identified the limitations to the facility's current capacities and accessed the necessary tools and resources to keep patients, workers, and Alaskans safe,” said Wasilla’s Senator David Wilson in a press release.
And while some may be skeptical about recent decisions, many agree that Alaska's Behavioral health is in crisis mode and changes at API are needed.