ACMHS Update
August/September 2019
Spotlight On: Transitions Team
At a recent Tuesday morning meeting, the Transitions Team at ACMHS reviewed their client list – noting who’d they seen recently, who was in the hospital, or in jail. One client had been released by Department of Corrections the day before. 

“I would really like us to see him within 48 hours,” team manager Cheryl Charic said.   Read More
New Building in Fairbanks
We're excited to announce that FCMHS will be expanding to meet community needs in the Fairbanks area. Child & Family Services will soon be moving to a facility at 926 Aspen Street. This change will provide space at both Aspen and the current Peger Road facility for more client group activities.
Stay tuned for the move date!
New Website!
If you clicked through that top story, you may have noticed that our website looks different! We've launched a new website that we hope will provide more information and make it easier to access services. It is (and will always be!) a work in progress, we welcome your feedback and suggestions .

Child & Family Offerings
A teen Mind.Body.Balance. group will be starting September 25. Our early childhood program has openings for young children and families using Child Parent Psychotherapy . The next round of Parenting with Love and Limits will start in November, and has spots available. For more information, follow the links or call 907-561-0954.
Reaching Under-served Populations
The Child & Family Team recently had a chance to meet with Ken Curl, our SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency) grant program officer. Ken met with Child & Family team members in Anchorage and Fairbanks during his visit. Read More
Mural Celebration: September 13
Artist Sarah Davies and youth participants at the Arctic Building collaborated on a vibrant mural that now appears on three sides of the building. This Friday, we'll gather the artists and their families up to celebrate their work - and look ahead to expanding the mural next summer. Supporters of Alaska Seeds of Change and the Power Youth Drop in and Outreach Center are invited to stop by on September 13, 4:30 to 6:00 pm to check out the mural and meet the artists.

See the full press release .
Mental Health at the Movies:
Infinitely Polar Bear at the Bear Tooth
We're teaming up with the Bear Tooth Theatre pub and NAMI - Anchorage to raise awareness of mental illness with a free movie at the Bear Tooth on Monday, October 7 @ 5:30 pm. The movie will be followed by a brief panel discussion, and of course, Bear Tooth food and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets will be available starting October 1 through the Bear Tooth box office; limit two free tickets per person.
The event is part of efforts to reach a wider audience during Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 6-13. Please join us!
Mass Violence and Mental Illness: The National Council for Behavioral Health speaks out 
With mass shooting events almost constantly in the news, there has been a lot of focus on the role of mental illness and the need for more mental health services. The National Council for Behavioral Health took a look at the link, and found that people with serious mental illness are responsible for less than four percent of all violence and less than one-third of mass violence.  Read the full report here .
United Way Campaign Season
United Way Campaign season has begun! ACMHS is proud to be a partner of United Way of Anchorage. We receive funding for early childhood services through the Safe and Ready to Learn program, for our youth drop-in center and outreach services, and for housing supports for adults. Please consider contributing to your workplace United Way giving campaign to support ACMHS and other partner agencies, who work collaboratively for community level change.