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Raven’s Way (Yéil Jeeyáx)

Raven’s Way is a residential treatment program for Alaskan youth. Based in Sitka, our nationally accredited program combines conventional substance abuse treatment, adventure-based therapy, and Native cultural activities.

Our Approach

Raven’s Way students receive the tools necessary to choose a healthy, substance-free lifestyle. We focus on developing physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual strengths, as well as communication and problem-solving skills. As a voluntary program, with an average length of stay from 82-120  days, participants must be willing to engage themselves in an intensive, substance-free treatment program.

Expert Staff

Our licensed/certified staff include psychologists and therapists, alcohol/drug counselors, and a secondary education teacher. Medical and psychiatric support is available through SEARHC’s Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center.


The program is open to Alaska youth ages 13-18 years old who have a primary diagnosis of substance abuse and/or dependence.


The adolescents referred to our program should be those who would benefit from a program that includes physical challenges, group cooperation, and team building. Referrals may come from parents, community service providers, health councils, probation officers, schools, and others responsible for an adolescent that may be in need of substance abuse treatment.


Raven’s Way follows an open enrollment model, meaning students do not need to wait for a pre-scheduled time to participate. We continually admit students as space is available.

Program Costs

Indian Health Service (IHS), Medicaid, or private insurances cover the cost of treatment and travel for most students.


Raven’s Way is accredited by The Joint Commission and licensed by the State of Alaska. All while adhering to the ethical standards of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).

Documents & Forms

Please call 907.966.8716 or toll-free 1.800.770.3063 for information.

Contact Us

Please contact the Raven’s Way Intake Specialist with questions or for referral information and intake packets.

Tel: 1.800.770.3063 or 907.966.8716
Fax: 907. 966.8705
Email: rwintake@searhc.org
222 Tongass Drive, Sitka, Alaska 99835


Please note the following changes in program description since the release of this video:

*0:37 – Youth will participate in 3-week long outdoor challenge experiences to teach healthy way to manage strong emotions, impulse control, effective communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, teamwork, and build self-confidence.
*0.48 – Youth sleep under tarps in the outdoors and, depending on the weather conditions, sometime stay in cabins.