Alaska Behavioral Health is pleased to announce that the company has received an award from the Duke University School of Nursing for providing excellent learning opportunities for students in Duke’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program.

Through a partnership between the Duke University School of Nursing and Cohen Veterans Network, PMHNP students are placed with the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Alaska Behavioral Health. They gain experience working with military and veteran populations. To provide a broad clinical experience, the students also work with other Alaska Behavioral Health programs. That includes work in outpatient clinics, providing telehealth, and providing community-based services with the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team to clients with intensive needs. Former Duke students say that breadth of experience was unique to the Anchorage placement and prepared them well for their future work.

One goal of the program is to attract more mental health providers to hard-to-fill positions. Two former Duke students now work with Alaska Behavioral Health.

Alaska Behavioral Health CEO Jim Myers, PMHNP Jason Martin, PMHNP student Shari Scott, Alaska Cohen Clinic Director Mary Beth Goodman, Dr. Sean Convoy of Duke University

Duke program leader Dr. Sean Convoy, DNP presented the award to Alaska Behavioral Health on Tuesday, March 6, 2023.