ACMHS Announces New CEO
Jim Myers, MBA to take over management of ACMHS, FCMHS, LLC, and Alaska Youth Advocates on January 16, 2018
Anchorage, Alaska, November 21, 2017- The Board of Directors of Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the selection of Jim Myers, MBA as the new Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Myers will assume management on January 16, 2018, following the retirement of Jerry Jenkins, M.Ed., MAC.
Most recently Jim has been conducting program reviews for several leading academic psychiatry departments across the country. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children’s Hospital of Colorado in Aurora, CO.   As the first director, he led the creation of a strategic plan that resulted in significant expansion of mental health services. Before joining Children’s Colorado, Jim was the Business Director for PsychoSocial Services at Seattle Children’s Hospital. While there Jim led the creation of the Seattle Children’s Autism Center as well as the Partnership Access Line, a Child Psychiatry consultation program for primary care providers serving the States of Washington and Wyoming. Jim has an MBA from Indiana University and over 20 years of healthcare leadership experience. During his time with Seattle Children’s Hospital, Jim had the opportunity to collaborate with several mental heath agencies in a Alaska and is looking forward to becoming part of the community.
Jerry Jenkins has been with ACMHS since January, 2003 and has led the organization through major changes. He will continue to be actively involved in the mental health field in Alaska, particularly focusing on efforts to develop a statewide electronic health information exchange and behavioral health Medicaid rate re-basing.
ACMHS, Inc. has been providing behavioral health services in the Anchorage area for 43 years. In September, 2013, Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services was created to provide services in Fairbanks after a previous provider ceased operations.  Alaska Youth Advocates (AYA) was added in 2014. AYA has been serving homeless and at risk youth in the Anchorage area since 1972. ACMHS serves Alaskans across the span of life, including seriously emotionally disturbed children, homeless and at risk transition age youth and seriously mentally ill adults.
Members of the public are invited to meet Jim at a welcoming reception on January 4, 2018 from 5-7 pm at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage, AK.