Counseling Services & Suicide Prevention
Counseling Services provides a broad range of mental health services to residents of the Northwest Arctic Borough, including psychotherapy and counseling for adults and adolescents, play therapy for children, marital and family therapy, anger management group therapy, a sexual offender program, and 24-hour on-call service for mental health crisis intervention, hospital assessments, and court screenings. The Suicide Prevention program is the result of a two-year grant that is designed to reduce the rate of suicide through education and community involvement. The program offers services at the Maniilaq Health Center and at village clinics by an itinerate staff of counseling professionals including a psychologist, psychiatrist, marriage and family therapist, psychiatric nurse, social workers and Para professionals.
Located in the Maniilaq Health Center in Kotzebue, the Dental Clinic offers professional, affordable dental care to residents of the Northwest Arctic Borough throughout the year. Services include restorative care, extractions, dentures, partials, and preventive services. Clinic dentists routinely travel to surrounding villages, offering dental care services to residents of those communities. Dental Services includes a staff of six dentists, ten dental assistants, two hygienists, a receptionist, and an administrative assistant. The clinic is open for appointments and walk-ins from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Developmental Disabilities provides care for developmentally disabled clients by maintaining the Lake Street House facility in Kotzebue. Specific services include respite care, case management, and residential services. This program also works extensively in case management and advocacy for developmentally disabled clients living in their home communities across the Maniilaq Association service area.
The Laboratory performs most of the routine lab tests requested by physicians at the Maniilaq Health Center. Generally, test results are available to physicians the same day that specimen is received. The Laboratory is accredited by The College of American Pathologists, the national accreditation agency for laboratory medicine, and is constantly reviewing and updating in-house test menus to expand the range of testing that can be completed at the Maniilaq Health Center. On average, the Laboratory performs 27,000 tests per year.
Nutrition provides consultation to patients in need of developing specialized diets that will promote health and medical treatment. The Nutrition department works closely several departments of the Maniilaq Association, including menu planning for the hospital cafeteria. Services are provided by a registered dietitian.
The Maniilaq Health Center Pharmacy provides comprehensive and accessible high quality pharmacy services to residents of the Northwest Arctic Borough. The Pharmacy staff of four clinical pharmacists and two pharmacy technicians provides pharmaceutical products and clinical pharmacy services to outpatients, inpatients, village residents, and residents of the Kotzebue Senior Citizen's Cultural Center.
Radiology provides several services for residents of the Northwest Arctic Borough, including routine radiography (x-ray) and fluoroscopy, mammography, ultrasound, EKGs, and pulmonary function tests. The program is ACR-FDA accredited and includes a staff of three technologists and one administrative assistant.
Social Services provides a variety of services for patients at the Maniilaq Health Center, as well as in Anchorage at the Alaska Native Medical Center. The Social Services department is composed of a social worker and Patient Support Workers who provide services ranging from language translation for elders to securing medical devices for patients. There are three Patient Support Workers lat the Alaska Native Medical Center who assist patients from the Northwest Arctic Borough while they are receiving medical care in Anchorage.
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