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April 21, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(16):1412-1413. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960510038015


Second Session, 84th Congress 

Alaska Mental Health Program  Senator Watkins (R., Utah) has introduced S. 2973, a measure identical to H. R. 6376, which passed the House of Representatives Jan. 18, 1956. It would transfer from the federal government to the Territory of Alaska the responsibility and authority for hospital care and treatment of the mentally ill of Alaska. The commitment and hospital procedures would be modified in accordance with a model commitment that has been sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association and the Council of State Governments and adopted in six states. Financial arrangements provide for three types of grants for the territories: (1) 6 million dollars available over a 10-year period, administered by the Public Health Service to carry out a comprehensive mental health program including inpatient and outpatient care of the mentally ill; (2) $6,500,000 for construction of a hospital and other facilities in

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