Story last updated at 10/2/2013 - 2:27 pm
In an ongoing commitment to provide the best care possible, including addressing and effectively treating those struggling with substance abuse, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) announces the opening of a new service within the Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) in Sitka.
On Oct. 1, the DBH is opening a new "Best Practice" addictions treatment program in Sitka that will be serving both Native and non-Native individuals in Southeast Alaska. This substance abuse treatment service will be offered at the Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOT) level of care. By doing so, SEARHC will have the capacity to dramatically increase the number of individuals who need addictions services but cannot afford the cost or time away from that residential services require. The term "Best Practice" refers to treatment interventions that are internationally recognized as effective and transformational. The new outpatient program is being built upon the Matrix model of care; an internationally renowned treatment approach that has repeatedly proven successful in restoring the lives of thousands of individuals and their families around the globe. This IOT program is licensed and recognized by the State of Alaska to provide a full array chemical dependency services for both self referred applicants as well as those mandated by various state and local entities. It's important to recognize that IOT services represent the highest level of care available without being residential. This equates to a minimum of nine hours per week of treatment participation.
Additionally, SEARHC has opened these services to non-Native community members, recognizing that drug dependency affects every race, every culture and every socioeconomic setting within the local community. By doing so, SEARHC is able to continue expanding needed services while simultaneously lowering barriers for community members seeking care.
SEARHC will be kicking off this program with an open house for the public to meet staff, view schedules and peruse the treatment topics that will be covered in the program. The open house will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. on Oct. 1 in the 1st floor conference room of the Community Health Services Building, adjacent to the SEARHC Totem pole located on Seward Avenue in Sitka. The public is welcome and snacks and beverages will be served. This will be a great opportunity for you to ask questions and find resources for yourself or for someone you care about.
Treatment groups will be commencing immediately and applications are now currently being accepted. Please call 966-8611 today to arrange for an initial consult and to meet with one.