Story last updated at 10/23/2013 - 2:07 pm
Raven's Way, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) residential teen substance abuse treatment program, has made a few changes recently. The most important being a shift from scheduled enrollment, where students were only able to participate in the program during specific sessions, to "open enrollment" which allows parents the flexibility to enroll their child in need of treatment for substance abuse any time throughout the year.
This is just one important change Raven's Way has made to better meet the needs of its students over the past 20 years. Another is that the program has increased the average stay to eight weeks rather than six weeks. The additional time spent in the program is yet another way the staff has been able to refine the experience and give each student the optimal opportunity for success.
There are things the program has definitely not changed. It is still a cultural and adventure-based program and it is still open to all Alaska teens, both Alaska Native and non-Native. The Raven's Way focus remains on developing each young person's physical, emotional, mental and spiritual strengths, as well as their communication and problem-solving skills. Those skills are the tools necessary choose a healthy, substance-free lifestyle after graduation from the program.
Additionally, and as always, the program's services are provided by licensed/certified staff, including: psychologists and therapists, alcohol/drug counselors (including expedition specialists), and a secondary education teacher. Raven's Way also provides medical and psychiatric support through Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.
The program currently has availability and is accepting students now. Raven's Way takes referrals from parents, community service providers, health councils, probation officers, schools, and others. If you'd like to refer a teen age 13-18 from anywhere in the state of Alaska, or to get more information, please contact Jeremiah Craig, firstname.lastname@example.org, (907) 966-8716 or visit Raven's Way on the SEARHC website under Behavioral Health Services, http://www.searhc.org/services/behavioral-health/yeil-jeeyax-ravens-way