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.
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Parent Child Interaction Therapy now offered at Alaska Behavioral Health
When parent- child relationships are strained by challenging behaviors such as defiance, aggression and tantrums, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy can help. PCIT is an evidence-based practice for treating anxiety and trauma in children ages 2 to 7.
Principles for Reassuring Kids During Uncertain Times
Principles for Reassuring Kids During Uncertain Times Free Zoom Webinar August 13 @ 5:00 pm Changing plans and uncertainty can be hard on children (and their parents!) But there are things caregivers can do to provide reassurance and help life move a little more smoothly – for the whole family. This free webinar will be […]
Confronting Bias and Racial Injustice as a Therapist
by Saraj Gottstein As a clinical therapist who mostly specializes in trauma work, the components of my job include being a critical thinker, creating spaces that increase awareness, and building relationships. The past two months have been an eye-opening explosion of confronting implicit biases, racial injustice and inequalities, and my own personal privilege that […]
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Coming Soon!
Alaska Behavioral Health is pleased to welcome child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Curt Wengel to our agency. Dr. Wengel is a board certified psychiatrist and is excited about working as part of a team that includes therapy and wrap-around services to fully meet the mental health needs of our clients. Dr. Wengel comes to us […]
Outdoor Yoga & Pop-up Market with Alaska Seeds of Change!
We’re taking Yoga in the Greenhouse outside to our gardens at Steller Secondary School! Enjoy well-spaced yoga outdoors with Kayli Gronski, buy locally-grown fresh greens and herbs from Alaska Seeds of Change, and see what Seeds and students from Steller have been growing in their outdoor gardens — all while supporting programs that help youth […]