The Alaska Mental Health Enabling Act of 1956 intents to improve the mental health care in the state of Alaska. The objects of the Act are:
1. to modernize procedures for hospitalization, care, and treatment;
2. to assist in providing for the Territory necessary facilities for a comprehensive mental-health program in Alaska, including inpatient and outpatient facilities; and
3. to provide for a land grant to the Territory to assist in placing the program on a firm long-term basis.
The Act established the Alaska Mental Trust Authority to carry on the objectives of the act.