Promoting recovery and wellness by providing consumer-driven behavioral health care
Staff Spotlight: April Valentine
April Valentine is the new lead clinical associate for wrap-around services in our Anchorage Child & Family Outpatient clinic. That means she’ll be planning and over-seeing the skill development groups offered by the team and coordinating attendance with caregivers and clinicians. So far, she jokes, it seems to mean “a lot of e-mails.” Looking for […]
Expanding Peer Support at ACMHS!
ACMHS started offering regular peer support groups for adult clients at our Ingra location at the beginning of the year. Now peer support groups are also being offered at the Folker building. Peer support is an evidence-based practice that has been shown to increase engagement in services and quality of life. It helps keep mental health care costs down by keeping people involved in outpatient care and reducing the need for inpatient care.
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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 […]
New Growth Fundraising Event!
Oh, what a night! We had a fantastic time supporting our youth at our New Growth Fundraiser last Friday night! We netted more than $8,000 to support our programs Alaska Seeds of Change and the Power Center. A special thank you to A Crepe Crew for catering the event, Beach Tribe SodaWorks for making delicious mocktails, Party World for […]
March Peer Support Schedule Posted
The March calendar for peer support services in Anchorage is posted! Peer support is an evidence-based practice that has been shown to increase engagement in services and quality of life.
Now Hiring: Fairbanks Clinic Director
We are hiring a Clinic Manager to lead and grow our Adult Services team in Fairbanks, Alaska. This position reports to our CEO and will be a member of our senor leadership team. Essential duties include managing a team of clinicians, case managers and administrative staff and overseeing clinical operations, leading performance improvement activities, and collaborating with community partners.
Resources for Talking about Child Sexual Abuse
Recent news headlines in Anchorage have many asking about how best to speak with children about sexual abuse. The Alaska Child Trauma Center at ACMHS is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, which provides thorough information and advice through their website. Here are some specific links: What Parents Need to Know About […]
Kid’s Club Volunteers Needed!
ACMHS is seeking volunteers to provide Kid’s Club activities for children ages 3 to 10 while their parents are attending classes or support groups on-site in our Anchorage Child & Family clinic. Our client families are working hard to become better attuned to their children’s emotional needs, understand the effects of trauma on children, and […]
Pop Up Farm Stand @ Alaska Seeds of Change
Join us on January 30 and February 13, 3-6 pm, for a pop-up farm stand! We’ll have fresh herbs, jalapenos (we call them hydropenos), and lettuce and other greens. Arctic Harvest Deliveries will have beets, potatoes and carrots, and local meat. Hope to see you there!
Yoga in the Greenhouse
Certified yoga instructor Crystal Leturno will be teaching two more yoga classes at Alaska Seeds of Change, on February 12 and 26th! Class will meet from 6 to 7 pm. Come on around to the side door near our cargo/garage door for class. Alaska Seeds of Change is located at 704 W. 26th Avenue, off […]
Happy retirement, Jim Briskey!
Jim Briskey is retiring at the end of this month, after 23 years working for ACMHS! Jim has worked on many different teams at ACMHS, including driving a van to bring people to groups, working at a 24-7 crisis respite center that used to be located next to the old Alaska Psychiatric Institute, and working with the Institutional Discharge Program (now Transitions Team.) Director of Adult Services Victor Spence notes that on Jim’s first day of work, the #1 hit song was “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boys II Men, “and it was also a good day for the company. Jim’s loyalty, commitment and dedication have all contributed to the success of the organization. We will miss his candor, opinions and humor during team meetings.”
New Growth: An Interactive Fundraiser to Support Transition Age Youth
Join us for an evening of food, music and demos under the glow of our neon grow lights at Alaska Seeds of Change! Learn how we support transition age youth in Anchorage with vocational training, mental health supports, and the POWER youth drop-in center. Tour the Hydro-lab, Sprout City, and the rest of our indoor […]
Learning a new evidence-based practice
Child & Family clinicians in our Anchorage and Fairbanks clinics recently completed three days of in-person training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Child & Family Director Joshua Arvidson says “TF-CBT is the most researched treatment for childhood trauma with over 20 randomized controlled trials proving its efficacy. The evidence is clear, it will help the […]