Promoting recovery and wellness by providing consumer-driven behavioral health care
Meet April McElhenny, Child & Family clinician
April McElhenny, MSW has more than six years of experience with children and adults who have been impacted by childhood trauma. She’s worked in different settings – child welfare, juvenile justice and substance abuse treatment. At ACMHS, she really enjoys working with families and their caregivers. She’s seen that working with children is way more […]
Spotlight On: Transitions Team
At a recent Tuesday morning meeting, the Transitions Team at ACMHS reviewed their client list – noting who’d they seen recently, who was in the hospital, or in jail. One client had been released by Department of Corrections the day before. “I would really like us to see him within 48 hours,” team manager Cheryl […]
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Child & Family Services
Child and Family Services Continuum provides a wide range of therapeutic services to children and adolescents with mild, moderate, and severe emotional disturbance, along with their families.
Teen and Young Adult Services
ACMHS provides a wide range of services for young people ages 13-24 who are experiencing mental/behavioral health challenges.
ACMHS and FCMHS provide comprehensive outpatient treatment services for adults experiencing mild, moderate and severe mental illness. ACMHS/FCMHS assesses all clients through an intake process, based on their needs and functionality.
Recovery from severe mental illness is not only possible, but it is the goal for all participants in our youth and adult programs. While recovery looks different for everyone, gainful employment is a component of living in recovery.
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Job Announcement – Therapists Needed!
ACMHS is growing to meet the needs of our community. We are looking for therapists who want to join us in this effort. ACMHS has multiple clinics in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Our Child and Family services includes a nationally recognized Child Trauma Center, a therapeutic preschool and early childhood specialty clinic, a transition age youth […]
Parenting 101: Setting Limits on Technology – Free Class in Anchorage!
With easy access to hand-held electronics, it can be tough for caregivers to set and enforce limits with their tweens and teens. In this free introductory class, Parenting with Love & Limits Program Manager Meghan Magone will present some technological solutions, but mostly she’ll spend time on the relationship aspects of limit-setting. There will be […]
Four FCMHS staff members recently attended Challenge Day at Tanana Middle School. Challenge Day is a curriculum designed to reduce bullying by building compassion. In a series of activities, students learn about they challenges students have faced and how much they have in common. Staff who participated were moved and inspired by the stories they […]
Fairbanks Child & Family Services moves to new building!
Our Fairbanks Child & Family Team is wrapping up their first week in their new building at 926 Aspen St. They did a great job making the space inviting and getting the word out – not one client went to the wrong building! FCMHS has been operating all services out of the Fahrenkamp Building on […]
Bringing Trauma-Informed Care to Fairbanks Schools
The Alaska Child Trauma Center is pleased to announce a new partnership with the State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development to expand mental health services in Fairbanks schools for children who have experienced trauma. The goal of the five year demonstration project is to develop a statewide model for delivering mental health […]
World Mental Health Day at Pure Barre Anchorage
Pure Barre Anchorage recognizes that mental health care is an integral part of health care. On October 10, World Mental Health Day, Pure Barre will donate $5 to ACMHS for every person who attends class! Current members can bring a guest for only $10. From 5- 7 pm, we’ll have an ACMHS staff person on […]
Charge Nurse/Infection Control RN – Job Posting
Charge Nurse/Infection Control Nurse needed to lead nursing team
ACMHS to partner with Cohen Veterans Network for new Anchorage Clinic
ACMHS is pleased to be partnering with the Cohen Veterans Network to offer a new treatment option to post 9-11 veterans and their families in Alaska. The new clinic is set to open early next year in north-east Anchorage.
Mental Illness at the Movies: Infinitely Polar Bear
October 7, 2019 @ 5:30 pm Free Movie and Panel Discussion for Mental Illness Awareness Week Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoë Saldana This year, 1 in 5 adults in the US will experience a mental health issue; 1 in 25 will experience a mental illness severe enough to limit major life activities. […]
Child Parent Psychotherapy at ACMHS
Clinicians in our Child & Family clinic in Anchorage are trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), an intervention model for children aged 0-5 who have experienced at least one traumatic event and/or are experiencing mental health, attachment, and/or behavioral problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder. The program is designed to support family strengths and relationships and […]