UAF Project Jukebox

The University of Alaska Oral History Program is doing interviews with people involved in the closure of Morningside Hospital, the court battles that lead to the establishment of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, and the development of  mental health, substance abuse, developmental disability and Alzheimer’s Disease services. The interviews, plus a lot more, can be found on their website. The following is from the UAF Jukebox site.

“The Mental Health Trust History Project Jukebox offers insight into the long struggle to provide quality mental health services in Alaska from the perspective of people who participated. There is discussion about how the mentally ill were treated prior to Statehood when they were sent to Morningside Hospital in Portland, Oregon; how in 1956 Alaska was given one million acres to manage in trust to fund mental health services; a 1982 lawsuit against the State for mismanagement of these lands and funds; the lengthy legal, political, and legislative effort to settle this lawsuit by re-constituting the lands, providing a cash settlement, and creating the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.

This project was started in 2007 by the Oral History Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with funding from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.”

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  1. Gayla Valle
    Posted May 23, 2009 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Tried the “contact us” but it did not work, so I’m trying this:

    Hi Karen! Hi Ellen! It’s your old buddy Gayla, who came across you through the Stone Soup newsletter!

    I am intrigued about what you are doing with this project, and glad to know you are still “out there.”

    Life can take you on some turns…I’m 58, now living in Tucson after retiring 3 years ago and doing some traveling…..kind of floundering a bit, trying to make my way in new directions. Max is 21, living in his own T&H rental in Juneau, getting services from REACH. “There are a million stories in the naked city….” As you might imagine, there are happy moments, but not happy endings. It would be nice to reconnect. Congrats and best wishes with your project! It’s a worthy blend of history, compassion, and comprehension of what a long strange trip it’s been for ALL of us.

    Write me back if you feel like it….

    Regards,

    Gayla

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