AK Child & Family is a private non-profit organization bringing hope into troubled young lives.
AK Child & Family brings hope to troubled young lives through a broad range of mental health services. Our residential psychiatric treatment, community based programs and treatment foster homes offer the structure, care and expertise to help young people facing significant challenges build strong, positive, healthy lives.
What We Do
AK Child & Family Residential Treatment is here to assist youth with emotional and behavioral diagnoses who need a highly structured environment and 24-hour supervision.
Our residential treatment program is housed on two campuses – Jesse Lee Campus and Maplewood Campus. There are six cottages and the ages / genders served are contingent upon the needs of the youth in the community.
Families and youth play an integral role in establishing treatment direction. This process actually starts during pre-admission when intake therapists discuss with the guardian / youth the reason for referral and desired treatment outcomes. An initial plan of care is created that addresses orientation to the program, student rights, safety planning and participation in the therapeutic process. Within fourteen days of admission and based upon a comprehensive assessment, an interdisciplinary team will develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses presenting issues and establishes goals. The treatment team includes the youth, a variety of people who are important in the youth’s life and the AK Child & Family treatment professionals who provide care.
AK Child & Family provides multiple types of treatment options under our Community Programs. Based on the needs of the youth, we offer licensed treatment foster care, group home and home-based services.
Treatment Foster Care (TFC)
AK Child & Family provides an intensive, individualized behavioral health service provided to a youth in a family setting, utilizing specially trained and intensively supervised Treatment Foster Parents. The TFC program places a youth with a Treatment Foster Parent, who is carefully selected, trained and matched to the youth’s needs. The Treatment Foster Parent (TxP) is empowered to act as a key agent in implementing the youth’s treatment plan, provide intensive oversight, facilitate behavioral interventions, provide medication monitoring, maintain contact with the parent / guardian and other members of the treatment team as well as make available an array of therapeutic activities and assist in the successful transition from TFC to reunification with the youth’s family. When a family is not available for reunification the TFC parent and the treatment team assists the transition to independent living or alternative permanency placement.
AK Child & Family’s Home-Based services work with children / youth and their family in their home and community environment. A supportive and collaborative team approach serves to preserve the unity of the family without the need for out-of-home placement. Home-based services rely on intensive case management services in a wraparound service delivery model that provides behavioral interventions, clinical therapy services, in-home support, 24 / 7 on call emergency services and short-term Treatment Foster Care as needed. The home-based service model engages the community in providing available support and activities as well as empowering the youth and family to rely on their own strengths and resources to address well-being and change.
School, Therapy & Autism Rehabilitation Services (STARS)
The AK Child & Family STARS Program is an alternative day school and behavioral health program for children in grades 1st through 5th with an autism diagnosis with behaviors that impair their ability to thrive in a public classroom setting. The STARS program is housed on the Jesse Lee Campus, 4600 Abbott Road. STARS will accept referrals from anyone in the community, but will seek guardian consent to the referral. Acceptance to the program occurs after an AK Child & Family eligibility assessment is completed and approved, and placement is a collaborative decision between the guardian and AK Child & Family. Initial and ongoing collaboration will occur with the Anchorage School District (ASD). To determine eligibility and appropriateness for the program, the screening and intake process will include a review of school records (to include current IEP, IEP eligibility report, Functional Behavior Assessment or behavior plan, clinical records and psychological testing, if available/applicable), interviews and observations. AK Child & Family will validate that insurance will cover services and an agency representative will communicate the financial responsibilities to the guardian.
To be considered for eligibility for the program, the student must meet criteria for an autism diagnosis, Severe Emotional Disturbance (a functional impairment in two or more life domains), and have behaviors affecting their education as determined by an AK Child & Family assessment. They also need to have been assessed by AK Child & Family to have the ability to respond to the interventions used by the trained professionals in the therapeutic setting, thus maintaining safety for the individual and his/her peers. If accepted, the placement agreement is given to the guardian to review and sign, which communicates consent and commitment to the program services as well as financial responsibility.
The STARS program will be geared to assist children (1st through 5th grade) in the classroom setting, to facilitate the coordination of active treatment in conjunction with classroom behavior and learning, and to help with the development of home and community pro-social skills. Each child will have a comprehensive educational and treatment plan that will be established by the guardian, the educational (ASD) and treatment (AK Child & Family) teams. The educational and treatment plan will be geared toward the emotional and behavioral needs of the student and family, both at home and in the classroom while school is in session and during school breaks. This educational and treatment plan will have two goals in mind: (1) to help the child return to a public educational setting, and (2) to develop social, emotional, behavioral and educational skills allowing the child to achieve his or her maximum capacity throughout life.
Partnered in funding with the Alaska Mental Health Trust