The Alaska Training Cooperative Mission:
The Alaska Training Cooperative (AKTC) promotes career development opportunities for direct service workers,1 supervisors, and professionals in the field engaged with Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority beneficiaries,2 by ensuring that technical assistance and training is accessible and coordinated.
1 Direct service worker is a position that requires a bachelor’s degree or less and works at least 75% directly with consumers.
2 Beneficiary groups include: mental illness, developmental disabilities, chronic alcoholism and other substance related disorders, Alzheimer’s and related dementia, and traumatic brain injuries.
Who We Are
The AKTC, administered under the University of Alaska, Anchorage, College of Health’s Center for Human Development is responsible for providing non-academic trainings, professional development and continuing education programs to Alaska’s behavioral health workforce serving Trust beneficiaries. Medicaid Expansion, Reform and Redesign as well as Criminal Justice Reinvestment will provide increased opportunities to provide new and enhanced evidence-based and culturally attuned technical assistance and training to direct service workers, supervisors and professionals in the various fields that serve Trust beneficiaries. AKTC also collaborates with communities to train rural behavioral health providers by blending evidence-based practices with traditional wisdom. Program services also include training coordination, marketing training opportunities, technical assistance to identified training gaps and need, understanding rural perspectives and cultural diversity.
The Five Goals of The Alaska Training Cooperative
- Facilitate and maintain coordination and collaboration of training entities.
- Technical assistance support will continue to be implemented to address training opportunities, training needs and gaps identified by providers serving Trust beneficiaries.
- Document and report training data.
- Increase and enhance evidence-based training delivery.
- Increase availability of quality training that equips the home & community based and behavioral health workforce to provide culturally attuned services throughout Alaska and for our unique Alaska Native populations.