Child and Family Services Continuum provides a wide range of therapeutic services to severely emotionally disturbed children, adolescents and their families. The programs in the Continuum specialize in trauma informed and focused practices, early childhood intervention, intervention with older children and adolescents, and family intervention. The scope of services provide a comprehensive array of community based mental health services designed to enable children and adolescents to live successively in their community. Families are offered training and support to create more successful family communication and healthy home living environments.
Family Services -provides multiple services to children, adolescents, and families:
- Individual and Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Play Therapy
- Assessment and Treatment Planning/Coordination
- Case Management
- Skill Development
- Psychoeducational Services
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Home and Community Based Services
- Independent Living Program for Transitional Aged Youth
Alaska Child Trauma Center – specializes in providing direct trauma-focused services to children ages 3-12 that have experienced complex trauma (child abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence or sexual abuse). The Child Trauma Center provides expert consultation on early childhood through the Childcare Consultation Project and the Early Learning Network. The network hosts a once a month statewide conference call to consult with clinical staff on issues of early childhood and diagnosis.
Little Tykes Therapeutic Services – provides comprehensive wrap around services for children ages 2-5 and their families. Services are provided in a structured, safe, secure, nurturing environment led by mental health professionals. In Group Therapy the children learn to express and manage their emotions so that they will have healthier functioning in other areas of life including home, community, and school. Support services such as family therapy and caregiver group therapy by staff help parents to understand their children and to master relationship and communication skills to help their child develop into happy, healthy children.
On Target School Based Services – ACMHS staff are present in several Anchorage School District schools across the community with the goal of helping children with severe emotional disturbance be successful in school. Services include direct in-school services such as crisis intervention, skill development and therapy; after-school group skill development services; and family support services. On Target provides also therapeutic summer program and programs during vacation and in-services days.
Parenting With Love and Limits© – Intensive family preservation program which lasts 7-10 weeks, incorporating brief strategic family therapy, group therapy for teens and parents, and individualized in-home family coaching, serves families with youth 10-18 years of age. This program is a part of the Bring the Kids Home Statewide Initiative, aimed at keeping youth out of psychiatric residential care or successfully bringing them home from residential care.
Transitional Aged Youth Program – This program focuses on transition out of homelessness and into safe housing through a step by step process to independence. This housing portion of this program serves women between the ages of 18 and 24 who are homeless, seriously emotionally disturbed and motivated for treatment. Those who are enrolled in the program must also receive counseling services through ACMHS Child and Family Services.
For more information on Child and Family Services call Dee Foster, Director of Child and Family Services at (907) 561-0954.