API receives key reaccreditation amid continuing challenges

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The Alaska Psychiatric Institute has received reaccreditation from a national group, a step toward normalcy for the troubled facility as it moves forward under private leadership.

The Joint Commission notified the Anchorage-based institute April 3 that it had been reaccredited for psychiatric care, according to the state Department of Health and Social Services. API has been operated by Wellpath Recovery Services under a $1-million-a-month contract,announced by Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration in February.

“I am very pleased that API has once again received its Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission as we were in imminent danger of losing that accreditation,” DHSS Commissioner Adam Crum said in a statement. “This provides further evidence that the actions we’ve taken over the last few months are making positive improvements for our patients and staff.”

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