Strengthening Alaska communities and improving the lives of our clients through exceptional behavioral healthcare.
Meet Dr. Garuba
Dr. Mariam Garuba provides psychiatric services in our Fairbanks Clinic. Learn more about how she approaches care.
Current Group Therapy Options
Evidence shows that group therapy and skill development is effective at helping people experiencing a wide-range of mental health conditions. At Alaska Behavioral Health, we have multiple options for virtual groups and outdoor, in-person groups available during the Coronovirus pandemic to help those with on-going or emerging mental health needs. If you think you might […]
Medication, Therapy, Groups: One client’s path to wellness
Learn about our programs
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.
Ways To Get Involved
Latest News & Events
Changing Our Name to Reflect Our Growth
For decades, Anchorage Community Mental Health Services has served the mental health needs of Alaskans. In 2013, we extended operations to Fairbanks with Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services. Over the years, we have created specialized programs, and continued to evolve our treatments to help our clients on their personal journey to wellness and recovery. Our […]
Meet & Greet with Dr. Wengel
Join us for a virtual Meet & Greet with our new child psychiatrist Dr. Curt Wengel on Tuesday, January 12 at 8:00 am. Dr. Wengel is a board-certified psychiatrist who comes to AKBH from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. We’ll talk about the services Dr. Wengel is able to provide […]
New Resource for Military Families: Understanding Child Traumatic Stress & Resilience
Military families are used to adapting to new situations with strength and resilience. But military children may face mental health challenges due to the unique stressors of military life. AKBH clinician Sicely Kluge and former AKBH clinician April McElhenny are members of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Military and Veteran Families Program Workgroup. […]
AKBH Community Update – October 2020
In our October 2020 update, meet our staff through a new video series, find our about new opportunities for youth at Alaska Seeds of Change, and check out the Steve A. Cohen Military Family Clinic workshops coming up!
Mental Illness Awareness Week Events
Mental Illness Awareness Week October 4-10, 2020 Mental Illness Awareness Week is designated each year raise awareness of the prevalence of mental illness, educate the public, fight stigma and provide support for those living with mental illness. This year, Alaska Behavioral Health is partnering to hold the following events: Monday, October 5 @4:30: Free Zoom […]
AKBH Community Update – September 2020
In our September 2020 update, meet the Alaskan raising money for Alaska Seeds of Change by hiking, learn about our new Assertive Community Treatment Team, and hear our how community support is helping us support our staff through the pandemic school closures.
Alaska Seeds of Change Recruiting Apprentices!
Alaska Seeds of Change is offering apprenticeship opportunities for youth ages 16-24. You will have access to job skills development, resume assistance, support to finish school, and mental health care as needed.
Advocating for in-state mental health care
Joshua Arvidson, Clinical Director of Child & Family Services at AKBH, argues that too many kids are still being sent to out-of-state care, despite a new study showing that institutional care is harmful to kids.
Resources for Seniors During COVID-19
Seniors are struggling more with anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic. This compilation of resources may help senior and their family members address these issues, or know when to find help.
School-Based Clinicians Needed – Anchorage & Fairbanks
We’re hiring! Our Child & Family team is hiring a clinicians to provide services at two elementary schools and 4 schools in Fairbanks. Supporting Kids in School This Clinician will provide individual, family, and group psychotherapy through the schools and at our clinic year-round. The clinician will work directly with a team of school district […]
AKBH Community Update – August 2020
In the August 2020 Update, meet intern Hailey Robertson and find opportunities for peer support and trauma training. Learn why gardening became such a big part of mental health services this summer, and how we plan to keep providing group services through the winter.