Youth Behavioral Health

Each year VOA Alaska provides inpatient and outpatient treatment services to over 175 youth and their families.

Our programs offer chemically dependent adolescents the skills needed to eliminate their reliance on drugs and alcohol and the tools necessary to build and maintain strong, healthy futures.

Referrals are carefully reviewed by an intake coordinator and each youth is placed in an appropriate level of care depending on his or her individual needs. Placement is determined by the criteria developed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Those who are pregnant, injecting substances, pregnant and injecting substances, involved in Office of Children Services and/or Division of Juvenile Justice are considered priority.

VOA Alaska views chemical dependency as an illness impacting the physical, emotional and spiritual lives of more than just the patient. Family involvement, with a strong emphasis on developing support systems and continuing care, is encouraged throughout treatment.

Our 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.

Inpatient Services | ARCH

Adolescent Residential Center for Help (ARCH) is an intensive, residential treatment program for chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. Located in Eagle River, the facility houses 24 residents ages 13 through 18. Length of stay is dependent on the progress of the individual served.

ARCH provides:

  • Psychological services
  • Group, individual and family counseling
  • On-site educational services through the Anchorage School District
  • Nutritional programs and information
  • Meals at no charge to the clients
  • Wellness education, such as milieu therapy and sober living practices

ARCH believes in supporting the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of each client. McKinley Heights School, ARCH’s educational program, 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

ARCH is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF). ARCH is approved by the Division of Behavioral Health and is licensed through the Alaska Division of Public Health.

Medicaid and most insurances are accepted. Fees are adjusted on a sliding scale for those who are unable to pay.

For referrals, please call VOA Alaska’s main line: (907) 279-9640. Sch

Outpatient Services | ASSIST

ASSIST offers outpatient, intensive outpatient, and continuing care level, as well as an individualized model for those with unique needs. One of our major components is trauma-informed and trauma-competent care offered through individual and family counseling.

Individual and family therapy services are available in Anchorage at 2600 Cordova Street, Suite 101. Services are available for youth ages 12 – 24.

ASSIST program services are delivered through our main office in Anchorage, as well as through our onsite Covenant House PartnershipBirchwood Behavioral Health Partnership, and the Anchorage School-Based Health Centers Partnership at Begich Middle School, Benny Benson Secondary School, Bartlett High School, and East High School. Supportive services include case management, the Transition to Independence Process (TIP), Community Night, and Family support.

Outpatient 
The outpatient program provides education and intervention to adolescents in the early stages of addiction. The 12-week program consists of 2 to 3 hours of treatment per week in the form of group, family and individual counseling when necessary.

Intensive Outpatient
Adolescents in the intensive-outpatient program require increased structure and more frequent contact in order overcome chemical dependency. The 12-week program consists of 10 to 12 hours of treatment per week in the form of group, family and individual counseling. Family support and education is also provided in weekly, multi-family group sessions.

ASSIST is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF) and are approved by the State of Alaska Division of Behavioral Health.

Medicaid and most insurances are accepted. Fees are adjusted on a sliding scale for those unable to pay.

For referrals, please call VOA Alaska’s main line: (907) 279-9640.

Transition to Independence

Transition to Independence (TIP) is a community-based model that serves transition youth ages 14-24 who are experiencing emotional and/or behavioral difficulties. 

TIP engages youth through services that are strength-based and youth-driven.

The TIP model also connects youth with a Transition Facilitator who prepares them for progression into adult roles with a focus on five different domains:

  1. Employment and career
  2. Education
  3. Living situation
  4. Personal effectiveness/wellbeing
  5. Community-life functioning

Eligibility and Criteria:

  1. Youth must be between the ages of 14-24
  2. Youth must have serious emotional disturbance and/or substance use disorder
  3. Youth must reside in Anchorage or the Mat-Su Borough area

Referral Procedure:

Call the main Volunteers of America Alaska number at (907) 279-9640 to schedule an assessment. Indicate you are making a referral for the Transition to Independence Program. Our current practice is to complete a full assessment and generate an acceptance letter.