Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for mental health or substance abuse services, children or youth must meet the following criteria as determined through an integrated behavioral health assessment and as defined by the State of Alaska Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) and the Division of Behavioral Health (DBH):

  • The child or youth is under the age of 21 or under the age of 22 if he/she has not completed their high school education or received a GED.
  • The child or youth's specific symptoms and maladaptive behavior are identified during an integrated behavioral health assessment that provides the basis for the recipient's diagnosis.
  • The child or youth has, as a result of the symptoms and maladaptive behavior, serious functional impairment in two or more areas of social functioning, including family, school, or community.
  • An Axis V Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) rating at admission of 50 or less per the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM IV) and;
  • The exhibition of specific mental, behavior, or emotional disorders place the child or youth at risk for out-of-home supervision or protective custody by state or local authorities.