Services for Severely Mentally Ill Adults
Several specialized teams within Anchorage Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS) provide services to adults who experience severe mental illness (SMI) or co-existing disabilities such mental illness and substance use disorders, developmental or physical disabilities and other disorders. Services include comprehensive community based mental health services, substance abuse services, housing services, housing assistance and vocational services. All services are designed to assist consumers in their goals of recovery.
Folker Team consists of clinicians and case managers working together to provide comprehensive behavioral healthcare services to adults who experience severe mental illness. Each clinician supervises several case managers and the teams work together to ensure that each client’s individualized service plan is completed.
Intake and Assessment – ACMHS has a centralized intake process for adults designed to assure that each consumer receives the services necessary to meet their individual behavioral health care needs as soon as services are available. ACMHS prioritizes admitting persons being released from the Alaska Psychiatric Institute, being referred by the Providence Psychiatric Emergency Room, Alaska Department of Corrections, the Anchorage Mental Health Court or the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center. Over 300 were assessed during FY 2011.
Case Management – Case Managers operates on a ‘strengths based’ approach focusing on insuring basic needs are met, life skill building and linking consumers to services and community supports than enhance recovery from mental illness.
Examples of basic needs are housing, clothing, food and health care. Case Managers encourage independence, community tenure and involvement in meaningful activities, especially employment.
Folker Team Case Managers work with all teams and programs within ACMHS as well as in the Anchorage area.
Clinician Services- Clinicians provides a wide range of psychotherapy for SMI and non-SMI clients. Specialty areas include grief and loss, addictions, relationships and trauma.