Department of Health and Social Services Overview
DHSS’ complex mission is to promote and protect the health and well-being of Alaskans. Of the department’s total $2.7 billion FY 15 operating appropriation, $1.3 billion was funded by state general funds and $1.3 billion from federal funds. The department’s programs are administered by eight operating divisions that focus on: juvenile justice, public assistance, senior and disability services, Pioneer Homes, behavioral health, child protection, public health, and health care services with overall management provided by a central administration.
Given the size and complexity of DHSS, multiple contractors, each with specific expertise, were engaged to conduct three separate performance reviews focusing on behavioral health services, long term care services, and the department’s overall organizational and administrative structure.
The reports are large and contain hundreds of findings and recommendations. To help communicate the report conclusions, we have compiled a summary of each contractor’s key findings and recommendations. However, the performance review reports contain troves of valuable information. We encourage a detailed review of the full reports by budget-knowledgeable staff.
For more detailed information on each of the DHSS performance reviews, please click on the following links:
The full reports can be found below: