Strengthening Alaska communities and improving the lives of our clients through behavioral healthcare.
Meet Julie D, Intern
Julie is on her third or fourth career, depending on how you count – she worked as a hairdresser, at a bank, and in IT for 25 years before deciding to become a therapist. She says she realized over her time in IT that her favorite part of the job was working with people one on one, hearing their stories and getting to know them. Now she’s completing her internship requirements at ACMHS.
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 […]
How to Zoom!
We are now able to offer many of our services remotely. A picture is worth a thousand words, so when possible, we use Zoom to connect with video. We use an encrypted version of Zoom that is compliant with healthcare privacy laws. Sessions are never recorded without a specific signed consent from the client and/or […]
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 psychiatrist Dr. Curt Wengel to our agency. Dr. Wengel is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry 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 […]
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 […]
Volunteer Blog: Alaska Seeds of Change
Alaska Seeds of Change provides vocational training for young people through a variety of programs — including earning school credit! Vala created this story to share what she learned about working at Seeds.
Peer Support Specialist Trainings this Summer
Learn what it takes to be a Peer Support Specialist here in Alaska. Have you experienced and recovered from trauma, addiction, or mental illness; yourself, your partner, your child, or a member of your immediate family? Use those lived experiences to help others! Peer support is a growing field within mental health. Training participants will […]
Clinicians Needed for school-based support – Fairbanks
We are hiring a Clinic Manager to lead and grow our Adult Services team in Fairbanks, Alaska. This position reports to our CEO and will be a member of our senor leadership team. Essential duties include managing a team of clinicians, case managers and administrative staff and overseeing clinical operations, leading performance improvement activities, and collaborating with community partners.
Team building in the time of COVID with Team Building!
Team building in the era of COVID can be a little challenging. Most meetings happen via Zoom. We have new staff members who have never met their colleagues in person. No more pot luck birthday lunches. But staff find a way. One of our teams, who used to socialize outside of work regularly, is hosting […]
Registration Now Open: Advanced Trauma Training Conference on June 3
Registration for the 8th Annual Alaska Advanced Trauma Training Conference is now open! Each year, the Alaska Advanced Trauma Training Institute features local Alaskan and national experts who share about the latest research and advances in the neurobiology of traumatic stress, trauma-informed systems, and clinical interventions for complex trauma in children and adults. This annual event […]