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Unlike most states, Alaska is increasing its allocations to substance abuse treatment. For fiscal year 2008, the total portion of the budget allocated to prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery by the Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) was $32.2 million. For fiscal year 2009, this rose to $38.6 million. And for the current fiscal year which started July 1, the amount is $43.4 million.
The increase isn't due to the fact that Alaska is energy-rich--it was always energy-rich but treatment didn't benefit. New people in state government have made the difference, according to Anna Sappah, executive director of the Substance Abuse Directors Association of Alaska.
"I believe the folks who are in place are hearing what the issues are," Sappah told ADAW last week. She noted that Melissa Stone, director of the DBH, is particularly receptive because …