Chugachmiut’s CARF Certified Behavioral Health Department provides counseling services for individuals, families, and couples. We offer a spectrum of support combining the best traditional Native healing practices with the western model of psychological assistance. Help is offered in the villages, remote sites, and rural communities of the extended region. The village-based services provided are considered the backbone of our department.
Itinerant staff members travel to the villages from Anchorage, ideally twice per month, weather permitting. The itinerant staff sees clients for both mental health and substance abuse issues. Some clients prefer outside counselors due to relationships with the village staff. Counselors meet with scheduled clients, give community-wide or school-based presentations, meet with Elders in their homes or at gatherings, deal with emergencies, and meet with and help kids in the schools with behavioral health issues (or even homework, if the teacher’s desire).
In three of the four villages within the region, Chugachmiut employs Behavioral Health Aides (BHA), who have or are seeking certification through the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. BHA’s are trained in aspects of wide-spectrum behavioral health issues through the Rural Human Services Program. Our long-term BHP counselor has more than eight years of service to Chugachmiut. The BHA’s all have daily work schedules that reflect the interests and needs of their respective communities.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH HANDBOOK
Let’s Talk About it – Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Community Healing: A Resource Guide
Our vision is to revitalize the traditional Chugach Native culture and language. The goal is to make Sugpiaq/ Eyak history and heritage a part of the regular school curriculum with support and direction from our Elders’ traditional ecological knowledge (TEK).Heritage Preservation
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