Alaska Baptist Family Services is now
Birchwood Behavioral Health

Make a Referral for Treatment

If you feel that your child may be appropriate for our services, please complete and submit a Referral Application.

Download Referral Application

Please email completed applications to referrals@bbhalaska.org or fax to 907-349-5335. Completed applications will be reviewed and decided upon within 5 business days.


General Admission Criteria

  • The client has a minimum IQ of 70
  • Client meets age requirement
  • Clients functional deficits and developmental age are compatible with current milieu
  • The emotional/behavioral disorder is severe enough to require 7 day-a-week/24- hour supervision to manage
  • Available outpatient community resource interventions have been unsuccessful
  • Client is able to attend Anchorage public schools full-time
  • A mental health professional has diagnosed the client with an emotional/behavioral disorder that has been present for at least six months
  • A medical/mental health professional has determined that residential treatment is required

Exclusionary Criteria

  • Primary diagnosis is substance abuse/dependency
  • Primary clinical need is treatment for sexual offenses
  • Client is pregnant
  • History of fire setting and/or animal cruelty
  • Client’s needs indicate that they can be served successfully in a less restrictive environment
  • Client’s needs are severe enough to warrant locked egress for the safety of themselves and/or others
  • Client demonstrates extensive physical limitations or medical conditions that require 24-hour nursing care
  • Client is unable to attend Anchorage public schools full-time
  • Due to infection control risks, we cannot accept clients with an exemption for vaccines