AK Child and Family - Jesse Lee Campus

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AK Child and Family - Jesse Lee Campus brings hope to troubled young lives through a broad range of mental health services. AK Child and Family - Jesse Lee Campus's 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.

AK Child and Family - Jesse Lee Campus Focus:

Mental Health

Mental Health Treatment Centers focus on helping individuals recover from mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and more. Mental health professionals at these facilities are trained to understand and treat mental health issues, both in individual and group settings.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Rehab Services:

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does AK Child and Family - Jesse Lee Campus offer?

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

The treatment program includes, but is not limited to, the following: individual, group and family therapy on a weekly basis by a Master’s-educated clinical therapist; nursing services by registered nurses with oversight of a medical director; milieu therapy which includes structure activities; individualized treatment work for youth; recreation therapy; voluntary spiritual life activities; and educational support.

Intervention Services

Intervention Services helps family or friends of addicts stage an intervention, which is a meeting in which loved ones share their concerns and attempt to get an addict into treatment. Professional intervention specialists can help loved ones organize, gather, and communicate with an addict. They can guide intervention participants in describing the damage the addict’s behavior is causing and that outside help is necessary to address the addiction. The ideal outcome of an intervention is for the addict to go to rehab and get the help they need.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

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.

Family Program

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Aftercare Support

The youth, parent/guardian, community therapist/clinical therapist/coaching parent/life-skills specialist/placing worker/treatment parent/case manager, as appropriate, will be involved in discharge planning. This plan begins with the development of the treatment plan and continues throughout treatment. When indicated, the above mentioned treatment team will participate in the development of a written discharge plan. Discharge planning is an ongoing and collaborative process, and specific designation of responsibility for services after discharge from the facility will be documented throughout the discharge planning process.

Therapies Offered:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a treatment designed to help people understand and ultimately affect the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. DBT is often used for individuals who struggle with self-harm behaviors, such as self-mutilation (cutting) and suicidal thoughts, urges, or attempts. It has been proven clinically effective for those who struggle with out-of-control emotions and mental health illnesses like Borderline Personality Disorder.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Life Skills

Activity therapy is available both individually and in a group setting. Individual activity therapy pairs a child with an adult Activity Therapist (AT) to work on social skills, communication, goal setting, independent living, anger management and other treatment issues. Group Activity Therapy follows a curriculum that introduces youth to a variety of topics and issues that may include self-expression, community resources, initiative taking, vocational training, team building, health and fitness, social skill development and psychotherapy.

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

AK Child and Family - Jesse Lee Campus Highlights:

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 Charlie Elder Teen Group Home is a collaborative partnership between AK Child & Family and Catholic Social Services (CSS). The group home is a family home in a residential Anchorage neighborhood that can serve five boys at a time with a live-in “Coaching Parent” employed by CSS. The program is designed to work with older teens who are preparing to transition to independent living in the community.
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 Jesse Lee Campus is located on 25 wooded acres in South Anchorage. Children in the residential program live in one of 4 units, called “cottages.” The cottages can host up to 9 children at a time. Currently the Jesse Lee Campus programs are exclusively for boys ages 12 - 18. Each cottage has 7 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms for residents. Careful consideration and matching are done when children are asked to share bedrooms. Cottage living rooms are stocked with games, books, and movies for free time. The cottages each have their own kitchen and dining room where meals are prepared and shared family style, as well as on-site laundry rooms.
The campus offers lots of recreational activities for residents. The Benson Recreation Center has a game room and basketball / volleyball court. Outdoor facilities include a playground, community garden, basketball courts / ice rink, wooded trails, a large ball field, and a sledding hill. AK Child & Family’s Spiritual Life program maintains a sweatlodge, gazebo, and prayer garden on campus grounds, and the Sue Cole Memorial chapel in one of two staff administration buildings on campus.
A master’s level Clinical Therapist (CT) is available in-house for all youth and families enrolled in our residential program. The CT assigned to the student leads family, individual and group therapy; provides ongoing assessment and treatment planning services; and provides crisis intervention services as needed. Treatment Program Supervisors (TPS) typically have an educational background in the field of psychology, social work, education or another related field. The Psychiatric Treatment Counselor (PTC) is primarily responsible for therapeutic interaction and supervision of youth placed in residential treatment units.
Residential Area
Depending on the needs of the youth, they may attend one of the self contained on or off campus Anchorage School District classrooms or may be mainstreamed into a local community school. Staff at AK Child & Family provide educational supports by facilitating the enrollment process and encouraging each youth to succeed at school. The professionals on the treatment team will work closely with the youth and parent/guardian to evaluate and identify the most appropriate school placement.
Private rooms available




  • Daily Fee: $397.00
  • Sliding Fee Scale
  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • State financed or Low cost Treatment
  • Treatment financing available
  • Cash payments accepted

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