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New Federal Funding for Alaska Alaska Behavioral Health recently began work under two new federal grants to expand access to mental health services for Alaskans. Services for Children Alaska Behavioral Health has begun work under a new grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Child Traumatic Stress

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"Camp Crystal" host collects food, clothing, and $$ to support youth in transition through the POWER Center! For the second year, Anchorage resident Billy Stapleton is using his love of Halloween to support youth in transition through the POWER Center. Billy himself experienced homelessness as a young person, and that has driven him to find ways

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Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 3-10 We're marking Mental Illness Awareness Week with a Q& A hosted by and designed for teens and young adults. Our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Curt Wengel and LMSW Veronica Griffith will be on hand to answer questions in a hybrid virtual/in-person event.  Young people at two "Watch Parties" will

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Spenard’s Largest Community Mural Now Complete Ladybugs, Plants, and People Brighten Alaska Seeds of Change Facility The largest community mural in Anchorage’s Spenard neighborhood is now complete.  The mural at Alaska Seeds of Change, 704 W 26th Avenue, was facilitated by artist Sarah Davies, creator of the 2015 100Stone Project,

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Check out these upcoming presentations at the new POWER Center at 2601 Arctic Blvd! Peer presentations are developed by our peer outreach workers on topics requested by the youth we serve.  Presentations are also a chance to learn more about the POWER Center and resources available for youth. Free and open to all young people ages

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Youth Drop-in and Outreach
We are super-excited to announce that the POWER Center  drop-in program for youth ages 13-23 will soon be moving to a new bigger location, right next door to its current location! The larger POWER Center will allow us to serve more youth, especially during the pandemic when capacity is restricted. After remodeling, we'll have expanded kitchen and

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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

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Oh, what a night! We had a fantastic time supporting our youth at our New Growth Fundraiser last Friday night! We netted more than $8,000 to support our programs Alaska Seeds of Change and the Power Center. A special thank you to A Crepe Crew for catering the event, Beach Tribe SodaWorks for making delicious mocktails, Party World for

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ACMHS is pleased to have received a Rasmuson Foundation Tier 1 grant to improve the efficiency of work spaces at our Alaska Seeds of Change program.  Some new sinks and more work tables will really help the efficiency of the work flow and make space for more youth to work at Seeds! At Alaska Seeds of Change, we provide vocational and life

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event announcement: Sept 13, 4:30-6:00
This summer, artist Sarah Davies led our youth participants in a mural painting project at Alaska Seeds of Change/Power Youth Drop-In Center.  All the volunteer artists/contributors and their families are invited to come enjoy light refreshments and celebrate the work done this summer! Hope to see you there!   [pdf-embedder

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