Peer Support

Lighting the way to independence for youth and young adults (14-24).

VOA Alaska’s peer support team empowers youth through planning for their future and their transition to greater independence. The program offers person-centered planning to develop and strengthen personal voice and choice and enhance self-sufficiency and confidence through the Transition to Independence Model.

Our team is committed to providing supportive services through the transition to adulthood, with a focus in 5 key areas:

    • Employment & career
    • Education
    • Housing
    • Life skills
    • Personal effectiveness & well-being

All of our Peer Support Specialists have lived experiences as individuals in recovery and/or have walked this journey with a loved one.

This program serves all VOA Alaska enrolled clients, has no mandatory discharge timeline, and can easily be use with other in-house and community services.

Staff are able to engage with clients anywhere in the community, at our midtown Anchorage office, or by phone or secure Microsoft Teams videoconference.

A few of VOA Alaska’s friendly Peer Support Specialists.

Ready to Get Started with
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.

VOA Alaska’s integrated behavioral health team provides children, teens, and young adults with care and support for a range of needs, including depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, drug and alcohol use, anger management, life skills development, and severe mental health or substance use disorders.

Our integrated services provide wrap-around care for youth and their families.

VOA Alaska’s array of behavioral health services creates a continuum of care, allowing our team to meet the specific needs of each child and teen that walks through our door while remaining flexible in providing the right level of care at the right time.

Entering our services for substance use counseling? Once a teen graduates from treatment, they can continue their mental health counseling with the same team. 

Receiving services for depression or anxiety? A young adult in our services can also learn life skills, like how to apply for a job or education. We are here for youth every step of the way.

Not sure if VOA Alaska is right for you and your family?

Our free Behavioral Health Consultations allow you to connect with one of our clinicians, discuss the needs and goals of your child or family, and learn more about our services. Call (907) 279-9640 to get started today or complete a brief online form.

Who is eligible for services with our peer support team?

All current VOA Alaska youth, ages 14-24, may receive services offered by our Peer Support Specialists, including career and education counseling, family support, and life skills development.

Medicaid and most insurance are accepted and billed, and no one is turned away due to the inability to pay. We offer cash discount and sliding fee scale options as needed to assist with payment. At intake, our billing specialist will work with your family to develop a fee schedule and payment plan that best meets your needs. Click here to view fees by service.

Our team knows that reaching out for help can be challenging. That’s why we make entering our services as easy as possible. Click here to get started today.

Just want to learn more first? Behavioral Health Consultations allow you to connect with one of our clinicians, talk about needs and goals, and learn more about our services.

Rapid Connections is also available daily. Find hope and encouragement though a conversation with a Peer Support Specialist. Learn from their unique perspectives on how they overcame their own challenges related to mental health or substance misuse.

An assessment is like an interview. It’s an opportunity for the clinician to get know a client and learn their goals, hopes, and needs. This will allow the team to ensure they are placed in the level of care that best fits their needs.

Our free Behavioral Health Consultations allow you to connect with one of our clinicians, talk about needs and goals, and learn more about our services.

Rapid Connections is also available daily. Find hope and encouragement though a conversation with a Peer Support Specialist. Learn from their unique perspectives on how they overcame their own challenges related to mental health or substance misuse.

Call (907) 279-9640 to get started today. 

You can find more detailed descriptions of our Behavioral Health programs, our Code of Ethics and Conduct, and descriptions of our privacy practices in our Behavioral Health Programs Handbook.

Reviewing the handbook is required for all clients when registering for services.

Yes! Many of our mental health clinicians across our behavioral health programs are trained in EMDR therapy, including outpatient mental health, residential treatment, and school-based services.

For those enrolled in VOA Alaska’s care, EMDR is one component of an individualized, strength-based treatment plan—and it can be done both in-person and via telehealth for youth anywhere in Alaska.

As a specialized service, VOA Alaska also provides EMDR therapy to individuals who visit an outside therapist. Our clinical team will work together with the therapist and family to identify barriers and ensure the highest level of care.

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