Alaska Baptist Family Services is now
Birchwood Behavioral Health



Is a residential program really the best place for my child to receive treatment right now? Are there services in the community that would work?

Being away from home is hard for everyone — especially children–and no institution is as healing as a loving family. BBH staff is happy to provide guidance and information about community-based services that may be accessed before residential care is utilized for your child.

Birchwood Behavioral Health also has outpatient services, in which determination of whether or not a child needs residential care may be made.

Additionally, Alaska 2-1-1 can be accessed statewide and will provide assistance to locate resources and services in your area. Call 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221 Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm or visit their website at It’s free and confidential.

If you would like to research other residential options in Alaska, you can also visit



Is BBH licensed and accredited? Have all staff had criminal background checks and have they been cleared through the state’s child abuse registry?

Yes. BBH is licensed as a Residential Child Care Facility and Community Behavioral Health Center through the State of Alaska. Our programs are also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Residential Facilities (CARF). Additionally, all employees receive state and federal criminal background checks that are cleared through the State of Alaska’s child abuse registry prior to hire.



Are the techniques/methods used by BBH supported by research?

Yes. BBH is committed to practicing evidence-based techniques within our programs to ensure that our clients and families are receiving research supported, quality services. Our Clinicians are formally trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), the most rigorously tested treatment method for children who have experienced trauma. Additionally, all BBH employees receive on-going training to ensure their knowledge and understanding of information pertaining to children in residential treatment and best practices.



Will BBH involve me in decisions about my child during treatment?

Absolutely. In fact, your input and participation is a critical factor in determining your child’s long-term success. Therefore, BBH requires parents/guardians/family members to play an active role in every aspect of their child’s treatment. This includes regular contact through phone calls, visits and passes, participation in family therapy and on-going decision making.



Is BBH going to support us when our child comes home/leaves treatment?

We know that one of the most difficult times for children and families can be the transition into and out of residential care and therefore we are committed to making it as seamless as possible. Our team works hard to collaborate with families, schools and other community providers to ensure that our clients are well-supported when they transition from BBH. Many families choose to have their child continue in our outpatient treatment following their stay at BBH.  Your child’s clinician will speak with you about options.



How much does treatment at BBH cost?

BBH bills Medicaid directly for client’s who receive services. If a child is admitted to our program but does not currently have Alaska Medicaid, we will initiate the application process. Parents/Guardians are responsible for any costs that Medicaid does not cover including but not limited to clothing, personal items, etc.