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Recovering from addiction Tierra D. never thought she’d be in the position to be able to help others. She spent 11 years as an active drug user, often living on the streets or out of her car.  But after inpatient treatment and a lot of work, she now spends her days helping to support others who also struggle with co-occurring mental illness

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Cole Talbot is just about finished with his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Naropa University in Boulder, CO.  Since January, he’s been completing his required internship hours with the Child & Family team at Alaska Behavioral Health. [caption id="attachment_5940" align="alignnone" width="300"] Cole Talbot, clinical

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Meet Dani! Dani joined the Child and Family department in Fairbanks shortly after the Aspen building opened to clients in 2019.  She enjoys helping solve everyday challenges for staff and clients alike. Her passion for helping others and providing exceptional customer service are apparent every day in the enthusiasm she bring to her work on our

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Meet Dr. Polito Dr. Nataliya Polito is our Director and Physician at the AKBH Primary Care Center at the  Folker Street location.  She is thrilled to come on board with this amazing and growing organization focused on providing the best collaborative health care to those who need it most.  She works directly with the behavioral health and

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Dianna Rehn, Doctor of Psychology, is a clinician with the Anchorage adult outpatient (Folker) team. She’s in her second stint at ACMHS – she worked here for 10 months about 4 years ago, and now has been here for a ayear. In between, she worked at API doing forensic competency evaluations – which sometimes involved testifying in court. (She

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psychiatric services provider Dr. Mariam Garuba
Dr. Mariam Garuba provides psychiatric services in our Fairbanks Clinic. Learn more about how she approaches care. [su_youtube url="https://youtu.be/SMsAQdhZXPo" width="600" height="400" responsive="yes" autoplay="no" mute="no" title="Meet Dr. Mariam

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What is wrap-around support? Clinical Associates (C.A.s) at Alaska Behavioral Health (AKBH) support children and their families by providing skill development. We are often asked, what does that mean? Child & Family C.A., Laurel Brady, BSW, kept a photo diary of some of the ways C.A.s support clients in a typical week. Morning

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Julie D. is getting her master’s degree in clinical psychology from UAA and completing her internship requirements at ACMHS. Back to school 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

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April Valentine is the new lead clinical associate for wrap-around services in our Anchorage Child & Family Outpatient clinic.  That means she’ll be planning and over-seeing the skill development groups offered by the team and coordinating attendance with caregivers and clinicians. So far, she jokes, it seems to mean “a lot of

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Kensey has worked at FCMHS for five years, mostly as a Clinical Associate on the Adult team. She recently moved to the medical team as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). She plans to go to nursing school and eventually become a traveling nurse. In the meantime, she enjoys her clients at FCMHS.  Her favorite thing about them is how different

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