May 21 2015
JUNEAU – In its ongoing endeavor to become the provider of choice in the region, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) will soon be opening its Juneau Behavioral Health services to the entire community.
Up to now, SEARHC’s behavioral health services in Juneau were available solely for Alaska Native/American Indian patients. Beginning Monday, June 1, the SEARHC Juneau Behavioral Health clinic will be accepting all patients.
SEARHC’s Juneau Behavioral Health currently offers individual and family therapy to people of all ages. Psychiatric care, psychological testing, and adult outpatient chemical dependence services are also available. Increased access to these services in Juneau has been in demand for quite some time. The Consortium has offered these behavioral health services in other communities for many years, and the organization is pleased to make them available in Juneau as well.
The expansion of services is possible due to the department’s recent move to the former SEARHC Administration Building. Their previous location housed Behavioral Health, the Dental Clinic, WIC, and Health Promotion. The site at 1046 Salmon Creek Lane provides substantially more space and can, therefore, accommodate additional patients.
Juneau Behavioral Health Program Supervisor, Pyper Powell said, "We are thrilled to have more space. It will give us the capacity to hire more clinicians as needed. We also have much more room for groups, as we now have a dedicated group room, and larger offices that can accommodate small groups. Beginning in June, we will provide chemical dependence groups daily, as well as several mental health groups, including Seeking Safety, an emotional regulation group, and an art therapy group. Our cultural groups will continue to be open to the entire community, and people do not need to be established behavioral health clients to attend those groups.”
SEARHC’s Behavioral Health program is committed to the emotional well-being of those they serve and looks forward to delivering care and support to the community of Juneau.