Reaching new standards of care as a
Certified Community Behavioral Health Center
Alaska Behavioral Health is pleased to announced that the company is working to become a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (or CCBHC), with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration (SAMHSA).

CCBHC’s are mental health providers that meet high quality standards in providing key mental health services to the communities they serve:
  • crisis mental health services
  • screening and evaluation
  • outpatient mental health and substance use services
  • primary care screening and monitoring
  • client-centered treatment planning
  • targeted case management
  • psychiatric rehabilitation services
  • peer and family supports
  • intensive community-based mental health care for members of the armed forces and veterans.

Our goal in becoming a CCBHC is to improve outcomes for both children and adults experiencing mental health issues in Alaska by expanding and improving our existing services, developing new services to meet the critical shortage of treatment options for substance use disorder and co-occurring disorders, expanding and developing our workforce, and improving primary care integration and psychiatric medical practices.

We're well on our way to meeting the September 1st deadline for initial implementation -- we've hired a Family Practice Physician to lead implementation of primary care, and have a new Child & Adolescent psychiatrist coming on board as well.
Group Services Feedback Survey
We're looking for some help designing future services!

Evidence shows that group services are an effective way to address many mental health challenges. Groups help create a community of peer support and provide education and skill development in a structured setting. During the current pandemic, group services are mostly being offered via video conference, and we could use some help figuring out what and how to offer services to our clients effectively.

Community Outreach in Fairbanks
Fairbanks staff have been attending monthly community resource fairs, hosted by State of Alaska public health nursing staff. The fairs are a chance to help connect community members with services they may need - from food, to childcare to mental health care. Of course, staff wear masks and maintain social distancing during in-person events. They feel its important to continue outreach efforts because mental health care is more important then ever - and some people may need that personal connection before they are ready to ask for help. Learn more about our services and how to become a client.

The next resource fair is scheduled for August 19, from 10 am to 2:00 pm at the gardens at 12th Avenue and Lacey Street in Fairbanks.
CVN Clinic Up & Running
Every day, many veterans and their families are living with the mental and physical scars from serving their country during military service. The Cohen Veterans Network, Inc., a not-for-profit philanthropic organization, was created to serve them by providing high-quality, accessible, and integrated mental health care.

Through our client-centered, customized outpatient care, we support veterans and their families as they begin their next mission: healthy and happy lives. The new Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Alaska Behavioral Health is now open and ready to serve. We provide confidential, personalized, and evidence-based behavioral health care for our nation’s post-9/11 veterans, their families, national guard, reservists and active duty family members. 

We offer brief, client-centered therapy for a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, adjustment issues, anger, grief and loss, family issues, transition challenges, relationship problems, and children’s behavioral problems. Our high-quality care is centered on therapy options that are the current, best practices available based on research. 

Please call 907-762-8668 for services.
Peer Support Training
Learn what it takes to be a Peer Support Specialist.

Have you experienced and recovered from trauma, addiction, or mental illness - yourself, your partner, your child, or a member of your immediate family? Use those lived experiences to help others!

Peer Support training is scheduled approximately monthly through November, in Anchorage and Fairbanks. The training is a hybrid of in-person and on-line. Participants will need to complete a 6 hour on-line class before 34 hours of in-person training. The live class will respect all CDC guidelines and social distancing requirements.

Peer support is a growing field within behavioral health; successful completion of this training will qualify students for careers at Alaska Behavioral Health and other behavioral health agencies. Learn more .
Yoga & Pop-Up Markets with
Alaska Seeds of Change
The crew at Alaska Seeds of Change has been partnering with volunteers from Steller Secondary School community to rehabilitate, plant and care for garden beds on the school grounds. Now they're inviting the community to come enjoy yoga outside at the gardens!

Instructor Kayli Gronski will lead outdoor yoga classes on July 23 and August 6, from 6-7 pm at the Steller School gardens. There will also be a pop-up market stand with fresh greens and herbs from Alaska Seeds of Change and products from Evies Brinery.

Learn about Alaska Seeds of Change, Steller Secondary School and growing food in Alaska and get in some yoga, all at once! Class is donation-based, supporting the Seeds/Steller garden partnership. Please bring a yoga mat, and wear comfortable clothing for the day's weather, and a face mask. More info
Trauma 101 Fall Schedule Posted
Trauma 101 training focuses on understanding how trauma impacts the body and the brain, how people adapt to trauma, and what we can do as providers, caregivers and community members to support recovery and resiliency. 

The Trauma 101 training is not a training on a specific type of intervention, but is focused on how we can use a better understanding of trauma to be trauma-informed.