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Fairbanks Services

Out PatientResidentialFoster Care
Alternatives to Out-of-State Placement (ATOP)Residential Treatment Center (RTC)Therapeutic Foster Group Homes
Youth Education Support Services (YESS)REACH Respite Home
Summer Skills Development Program (SSD)Adolescent Co-Occurring Treatment (ACT)
Clinical Services

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Alternatives to Out-of-State Placement (ATOP)

Children receiving services through the ATOP program generally have low to moderate behavioral health or mental health issues, are able to receive service in an unrestricted environment and reside with their parents, legal guardian or in a foster home. Program services are provided in the community, the family home or the public school. All services provided are designed taking into consideration the unique strengths, values and needs of each child and family and within the cultural context of each family. Services are available to children five to 18 and with some exception up to age 22.

Rose Woods, Program Manager
Telephone: (907) 474-0890
FAX: (907) 474-3621

Suszan Dale, Director of Program Operations
Telephone: (907) 474-0890
FAX: (907) 474-3621

ATOP Program Application
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Youth Education Support Services (YESS)

FCSA operates two YESS programs during the school year, one for elementary age children and a combined program for middle and high school age children. Both programs provide integrated day treatment (behavioral health) and education services. Admittance into the programs is only by referral from the Fairbanks School District. The majority of children enrolled into the programs have behavioral health that result in the children having disruptive behaviors in the public school. The YESS program relies on a low child to staff ratio, generally no greater than 3 to 1, to help alter the children's behavior so they may return back to the regular public school. Length of enrollment for each child in the program varies greatly. The maximum enrollment for each YESS program is approximately 21 children.
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Summer Skills Development Program (SSD)

The Summer Skills Development Program (SSD) is an innovative program developed by FCSA over ten years ago to provide academic and nonacademic therapeutic activities, as well as vocational and job readiness training to special needs youth during the summer months. This comprehensive program runs for a ten week period during the summer and serves 25-30 youth ages 14-21. The program focuses on gaining success in academics through our summer school program, social skill development that is woven throughout daily activites, and vocational/work skills to explore career interests and aptitude, gain personal skills (soft skills) needed to prepare for employment, and instill a sound work ethic and solid vocational skills by providing them with an opportunity to work in a paid position complete with benefits and responsibilities. Being successful at a job has proven very therapeutic for client workers, providing them with a positive employment experience while boosting their self-esteem and resume.

To learn more about the FCSA/SSD Program, contact Leslie Tester, LCSW or Cheryl Williams, BA at 907-452-2109.

Clinical Services

The clinical department within FCSA is overseen by the Director of Clinical Services who is responsible to assure that all treatment services are delivered in a quality manner and in accordance with nationally recognized best practices of the mental health and substance abuse treatment professions. In addition, the Clinical Director assures that all clinical staff receive regular and consistent training and professional enhancement opportunities. This helps assure the professional growth of the staff, consistency in treatment across all programs, and that sufficient support is provided to staff just entering the profession.

The staff of the Clinical Department provide clinical services to clients enrolled in an FCSA program and to the general public who are Medicaid eligible, have private insurance, or on a fee for service basis. For low income families that may not be Medicaid eligible FCSA has in place a sliding fee scale to assist them in being able to access needed services. FCSA is primarily a provider of services to children and admission into programs is exclusively for children, however, to help improve the health of families FCSA clinical services are available to children enrolled in an FCSA program and adult family members.

Ligia Novcaski, Director of Clinical Services
Telephone: (907) 474-0890
Fax: (907) 451-8945

Suszan Dale, Director of Program Operations
Telephone: (907) 474-0890
Fax: (907) 474-3621

Clinical Services Application
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Residential Treatment Center

FCSA offers a safe, welcoming therapeutic environment with its Residential Treatment Center (RTC), providing services (levels III and IV) designed to meet the individual needs of children ages 12 to 18. FCSA can help children who are experiencing issues with: mental health challenges, anger management, homicidal thoughts, lack of focus and concentration, suicidal thoughts, running away, defiance for authority, self harm, and family relationship challenges.

Our goal is to build trust and stability while providing a structured, safe program for children to learn and grow in. An individualized treatment plan is developed for each client by our multidisciplinary team of professionals which include a psychiatrist, nurses, teachers, therapists, dietician, and mental health technicians. These professionals work with the family to develop an interactive, flexible, and safe environment for positive change. We provide high quality Individual, Group, and Family Therapy, individual treatment planning, skill groups, coping skills, medication education/management, daily living skills, activities and exercise center, an on site year-round school program, community outings, and family participation.

Midnight Sun Academy is the school located within the Residential Treatment Center. Our academic program is designed to allow students the opportunity to continue their education. Students attend school five days a week during the school year and are enrolled as members of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. The education program also operates a two month summer school session. In addition to core academic areas, all sutdents are offered daily recreation in the full sized gymnasium. Special education staff oversee Individual Education Plans for students and other services including occupational, physical, and speech therapy as required.

We enjoy a collaborative relationship with many state and local agencies and programs, including the Department of Labor, Alaska Works Partnership Program, Fairbanks Arts Association, and the University of Alaska providing educational opportunities for students. The Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation provides important quality transitional services for our students and we also have an excellent working relationship with Adult Learning Programs of Alaska (ALPA) providing instruction and assessments in readying students for the GED exams as appropriate.

Steve Wicke, Director of Residential Treatment Center
Telephone: (907) 459-4700
FAX: (907) 459-4796

Ernie Manzie, Director Program Operations
Telephone: (907) 459-4700
FAX: (907) 459-4796

Sierra Stefanick, Admissions
Telephone: (907) 459-4741
FAX: (907) 459-4796

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REACH Respite Home

The REACH program provides respite service to parents, foster parents or guardians of children enrolled in FCSA programs. Services are provided in a residential home and a maximum of five children can be accommodated at each respite session. The home operates a five day per week schedule. Each respite session includes a two night and two full day stay at the home.

Suszan Dale, Director of Program Operations
Telephone: (907) 474-0890
FAX: (907) 474-3621

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Therapeutic Foster Group Home

The TFGH program is designed to provide service to children in need of a safe and supportive place to live that are experiencing low to moderate behavioral health issues. Currently FCSA operates six (6) homes in Fairbanks and four (4) homes in Wasilla that serve both boys and girls ages 6-18. Each Home is operated and maintained by licensed foster parents and receive support from FCSA. The number of children placed in the home generally averages three (3). The homes are located in residential neighborhoods and are reflective of a family experience rather than an institutional setting. The children attend public school and are involved in social and recreational activities in the community.

FCSA holds a License from the State of Alaska which authorizes it to license therapeutic foster homes in Alaska. FCSA foster homes provide service to children needing a place to live who have low to moderate behavioral health or mental health issues. FCSA foster homes are considered therapeutic foster homes because the children placed in the homes have a need for treatment services.

Rose Woods, Program Manager
Telephone: (907) 474-0890
FAX: (907) 474-3621

Suszan Dale, Director of Program Operations
Telephone: (907) 474-0890
FAX: (907) 474-3621

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Adolescent Co-Occurrring Treatment (ACT)

The primary focus of FCSA's Adolescent Co-Occurring Treatment program (ACT) is to provide behavioral health services to youth with a co-occurring diagnoses. Treatment is provided in a nurturing family environment. FCSA believes that a smaller and more individualized treatment setting enhances the ability for youth to succeed; therefore, the capacity of the ACT program will be a total of five youth enrolled at any given time. The length of stay for youth admitted to the program is expected to range from 120 to 365 days. The length of stay will vary, dependent upon the youth's commitment to treatment, ability to build resiliency and attain measurable behavioral, cognitive and affective changes that support recovery.

Marjorie Risner, Program Manager
Telephone: (907) 474-0890
FAX: (907) 474-3621

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