The state plans to seek bids for the long-term operation of the Alaska Psychiatric Institute.
State health commissioner Adam Crum said an agreement was reached with Wellpath Recovery Solutions to amend a February contract that included two phases. The first phase was to run through June and the second was to run for five years, starting in July.
He said the revised contract extends the duration of the first phase to Dec. 31, 2019. He says Wellpath will provide services until then.
The state said a service provider for the second phase would be determined through a process of seeking proposals.
Crum said that’s intended to ensure trust in government, noting questions surrounding the initial contract.
He said a feasibility study underway will inform the process for seeking proposals.
• This is an Associated Press report.