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The Alaska Safety Planning Empowerment Network (ASPEN) is a statewide partnership invested in helping Alaska community providers serve the needs of people with disabilities who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The statewide ASPEN partnership includes the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education as the lead agency, UAA Center for Human Development, Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Statewide Independent Living CouncilAdvisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and the Alaska Mental Health Board. Together the statewide partnership selects a new Alaskan community each year to implement the ASPEN project.

ASPEN’s activities include conducting a needs assessment with community providers and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, reviewing social service agencies’ policies and procedures, and developing and implementing a community-wide strategic plan to improve services for survivors with disabilities. ASPEN has been implemented in several Alaskan communities, including Ketchikan and Dillingham, with very positive results.

For more information, please contact Lanny Mommsen at 907-269-8992 or by email at