Celebrating one year as Alaska Behavioral Health!
On June 1, 2020, we officially adopted our new name: Alaska Behavioral Health!

In announcing the change, we wrote:

Our mission is to strengthen Alaska communities and improve the lives of our clients by delivering exceptional behavioral healthcare services. As part of that mission we have changed our name to Alaska Behavioral Health to better reflect the geographies we serve and services we provide.

We believe all Alaskans, with all mental health and addiction needs should have access to the best possible care. We are proud to be part of a dedicated team committed to ending the stigma around mental health and helping our clients change their lives for the better.

Over the last year, we have worked to live up to that mission: we served more than 4000 Alaskans from across the state and we've expanded the services we offer.

It takes dedicated staff and a lot of supportive community partners to serve community needs. We are proud of the work we have done and we will continue working to improve the quality of the care we offer and access to care for all Alaskans. Thank you for being part of it!
Feeding Hungry Youth with Beans Cafe
This spring, we began a partnership with Beans Café to make sure youth from Steller Secondary School, at the POWER Center drop in center, and at Alaska Seeds of Change have access to healthy hot meals. Steller does not have an on-site meal program, and as schools returned to in-person services for the 4th quarter, parents were worried about students facing food insecurity. The Steller Parent Group helped make the connection between Beans and the POWER Center - and now fresh meals are delivered daily and available to anyone who needs them.
Happy retirement, Ken Howell!
Retiring after 21 years of service
For 21 years, Ken Howell has served our clients and staff with integrity, dedication, and an amazingly calm demeanor. He started out in direct client care, running a school-based program and offering summer outdoor groups before moving on to a wide variety of admin roles including clinical records, risk management and safety. Our staff may not have always been able to remember his official title through those changes -- but they have always known he is working alongside them, figuring out how to best serve our clients.

Happy retirement, Ken! You will be missed immensely.
Intern Spotlight: Cole Talbot
Learning through collaboration
Intern Cole Talbot is close to finishing his 6 month internship with Alaska Behavioral Health. His biggest lessons have come from being part of a collaborative team to address the whole "ecosystem" around children.

Support Mental Healthcare for Alaskans!
My Walgreens
We’re participating in the myWalgreens donation program! You can donate your myWalgreens cash rewards to Alaska Behavioral Health thru 8/31/21. At Walgreens, you’ll earn unlimited 1% Walgreens Cash rewards when you shop and you can choose how much to donate. It’s that easy.
Learn more at mywalgreens.com
It's not too late to Pick.Click.Give. for Alaska Behavioral Health!
You have until August 31, 2021 to add or change a Pick.Click.Give. donation through your Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend. Log in to your pfd account here:
https://myinfo.pfd.dor.alaska.gov/ to check your filing status and donation amount.
Notebooks for Clients
Our clients love to write things down! Our intensive case management teams are requesting donations of notebooks for clients use. They don't need anything fancy, just a place to jot down notes. Partially used notebooks left over from the school year are perfect!
To donate, drop off to any AKBH location or email info@akbh.org to arrange pick up.
Thank you!
Volunteering is another great way to volunteer, and we are excited to welcome volunteers back into a couple of our programs!

Little Tykes is looking for volunteers age 16 or older, who can make a commitment of at least 1 day per week for the duration of the summer (or longer!) and are ready and able to play with kids both outdoors and on the floor. Click here for more information about this need on BeTheChange907!

Alaska Seeds of Change is welcoming volunteers back into the hydroponic farm and/or to work outside this summer! Learn about volunteering at Alaska Seeds of Change here.
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