Youth Residential Treatment

Empowering youth to address their substance misuse and improve their mental health in a structured, therapeutic environment.

The Adolescent Residential Center for Help (ARCH) treatment program is for adolescents age 12-18 that are diagnosed with a substance use disorder and may also present with co-occurring mental health disorders.

The length of stay is based on the unique needs of each client in alignment with American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) dimensions and severity. 

ARCH offers an array of services including substance use counseling and psychotherapy for youth and their families, psychological testing and evaluation, and psychiatric services. In addition, ARCH has an onsite nurse practitioner to address physical wellness and support in pharmacological management. 

A major focus consists of supporting youth in identifying replacement activities such as music, sports, the arts, outdoor activities, and sober parties. The ARCH team believes in the power of connection and utilizes the multidisciplinary team approach to support the youth in exploring ways to find meaning and purpose in their lives, while increasing valuable skills to reach their fullest potential.

ARCH is passionate about helping youth and their families break free from the chains of addiction through services that uplift the human spirit!

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Behavioral Health Services?

We know reaching out for help can be difficult. That’s why the team at VOA Alaska is committed to making entry into our services as easy as possible for you. If you’re ready to begin your registration packet and book your first appointment, click here to get started.

Our priority admission criteria includes those who are pregnant, injecting substances, pregnant and injecting substances, involved in Office of Children Services or Division of Juvenile Justice or youth experiencing homelessness.

VOA Alaska’s treatment programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF) and are approved by the State of Alaska’s Division of Behavioral Health. ARCH is licensed by the Division of Family and Youth Services.

I felt like the ARCH staff was not just there for my child, they're there for me and my family as well.
I really feel like they've saved his life and my life and just the family unit as a whole.

Parent of an ARCH graduate

ARCH is housed in a state-of-the-art facility in Eagle River, Alaska.

The 16-bed facility provides on-site mental health and behavioral health services from a highly qualified clinical team, consulting psychiatrist and consulting psychologist. ARCH residents are provided 20 or more hours of therapeutic behavioral health services in a group setting per week and may receive additional clinic services to address any co-occurring mental health needs to include vocational skill training and milieu counseling. Meals are provided at no charge to residents. 

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Exterior view of ARCH in Eagle River.

There's a war of recovery that I'll always march.
I'll fight to survive with my weapons from ARCH.

Excerpt from a poem written by an ARCH graduate

ARCH partners with the Anchorage School District to provide an on-site high school.

McKinley Heights is ARCH’s onsite high school managed by one Anchorage School District teacher and one teacher’s aide. Students are given individualized lessons with specialized services for learning disabled and developmentally delayed adolescents. The school and the ARCH treatment team are in close collaboration to ensure school and treatment are combined in the most beneficial way for our clients.

McKinley Heights is committed to promoting and protecting student’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by encouraging lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity. Read the full McKinley Heights School Wellness Policy here.

Person sitting at desk and smiling at camera
Chelsie Williams, ARCH Program Manager

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