Behavioral Health Services

Counseling and recovery services

Maniilaq Counseling and Recovery Services provides culturally relevant mental health and substance abuse treatment to the people of the Northwest Arctic Borough and the village of Point Hope. We accept individuals of all ages from various lifestyles and backgrounds. Services are family-centered and include individual and family therapy, play therapy, crisis counseling, and other modalities as necessary.

We use comprehensive assessments with recommendations for treatment that are tailored to the individual’s or family’s strengths and needs. It is the intention of our agency to engage and support our consumers for successful outcomes.

In the event a person’s needs are unable to be met, we will refer the individual for the appropriate level of care.

We provide a Level I Outpatient Treatment facility with early intervention, outpatient, and continuing care services. This assists consumers to transition to a residential facility, if appropriate.

Wellness program

The Maniilaq Wellness Program encompasses a community outreach approach. It serves to assist, support, and engage natural leaders in the Northwest Arctic Borough. This includes encouraging these leaders to be involved in wellness committees, which may develop, nurture and help to promote healthy community activities to make their communities a healthier place.

Suicide prevention plays a key role in our Wellness program. A main focus of the program is learning about unique triggers for suicide in our region and researching our unique facets of resiliency and strength.

Recovery Support Leaders (RSLs) assist in making connections between formal (VBCs and therapists) and informal (friends, uncles, aunties, pastors, taatas, etc.) supporters of recovery. It is the vision of RSLs to provide ongoing recovery support activities for those thinking about, or committed to, recovery. Activities may include talking circles, regular sober gatherings, and others.

Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide (PC CARES) is a community health education intervention designed, supported, and implemented by the remote communities of Northwest Alaska.  Together, we can save lives!  Check out the PC CARES website at http://www.pc-cares.org

Tribal vocational rehab

For more information please call 1-800-504-2268 or 907-475-2162 ( Tom Cyrus in Kiana) or 907-494-2122 (Charlene Hadley in Buckland)

The goal of the Maniilaq Association Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program (MTVR) is to increase and improve vocational rehabilitation services for individuals diagnosed with a disability. The program works with individuals determined eligible to develop and reach a vocational goal based on strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, capabilities and informed choices.

A person is eligible if they:

  • Have a disability which results in substantial problems in obtaining employment;
  • Vocational rehabilitation services from MTVR are required by that person to prepare for, get or keep a job and
  • Are able to get or keep a job after receiving services.
  • Are Alaskan Native or American Indian or ANCSA shareholders (must be enrolled in a federally recognized tribe).
  • Reside within the Maniilaq service area.

Supports are designed to assist people in returning to the workforce and/or subsistence activities. Applicants must have proof of Alaska Native or American Indian decent and live within the Maniilaq service area to participate in this program. Non-Native applicants are provided referral assistance.

MTVR serves the entire Maniilaq service area and operates out of the villages of Kiana and Buckland.  The program is currently staffed with a supervisor, Tom Cyrus, and TVR Counselor, Charlene Hadley.

Services are provided based on individual needs. Some of these services are:

  • Medical, psychological and vocational evaluation to determine the nature and degree of the disability and the consumer’s job capabilities,
  • Counseling and guidance to help the consumer and family plan vocational goals and adjust to the working world,
  • Training to learn job skills in trade school, college, university, on the job or at home,
  • Hearing examinations, hearing aids and other communication equipment, aural rehabilitation and interpreter services for the deaf and hearing impaired,
  • Medical treatment and/or therapy to lessen or remove the disability,
  • Assistive devices such as artificial limbs, braces, and wheelchairs to stabilize or improve functioning on the job or at home,
  • Help setting up your own business and self-employment
  • Help with restarting or continuing subsistence activities
  • Rehabilitation technology devices and services to improve job functioning,
  • Training in appropriate work behaviors and other skills to meet employer expectations,
  • Follow-up after job placement to ensure job success.

 

Putyuk Children’s Home

We serve the Northwest Arctic region of twelve villages, including the Native Village of Pt. Hope.  Our vision is to offer an environment of hope and an experience of love and nurturing in a therapeutic setting.  Putyuk is comprised of nine beds, with one bed dedicated to respite services through Maniilaq Association

We operate as a Level Two: Emergency Stabilization and Assessment Center (ESA), which offers a 1:5 ratio.  The services we offer are given to children ages 0 to 18 years, both male and female.  Most of our referrals are generated from the Office of Children’s services (OCS), Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)

Senior and Disability Services

  • Senior and Disability Services assists qualified consumers by offering services and support that promote wellbeing, safety and independence while respecting choice and preserving dignity.

Services include:

  • Group Home Services (Lake Street House), a residential-supported living facility licensed by the State of Alaska for five Medicaid Waiver recipients requesting 24/7 care in a least-restrictive environment.
  • Short Term Assistance and Referral (STAR), a project which assists individuals who experience developmental disabilities access services which include:
  1. Developmental disabilities eligibility process
  2. Mini-Grants used as a funding source for necessary services and equipment needs not covered by regular Medicaid.
  3. Discretionary funds available to qualified individuals experiencing a crisis situation such as utility bills (one lifetime assistance), food and clothing.
  • Care Coordination Services –Medicaid Certified/Care Coordination Services for Adults with Physical and Developmental Disabilities (APDD), Children with Complex Medical Conditions (CCMC), Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), and Adults Living Independently (ALI) waivers.
  • Developmental Disabilities Program services for qualified individuals who experience Intellectual Disabilities.
  • Case Management – Support for qualified individuals with the development and implementation of person-centered care plans, activities and referrals, and assistance necessary to ensure services are continuous; comprehensive; and achieve physical, emotional and economic independence.
  • Day Habilitation – Service that provides assistance in a community setting.
  • Supported Employment – Service to assist in securing a job or business
  • In-Home Support – Service that helps foster success through habilitation goals meeting the individuals needs in activities of daily living
  • Respite Services – A paid provider that watches over a child or adult with special needs allowing a family member (natural support person) a break from the day to day care of the individual. Respite can take place in your home or temporarily in another setting, such as a day center or in the community.

Elder Services for physically frail individuals 60 years and over Services include:

  • Case Management – Consumer support for developing a person-centered care plan, connecting and advocating for needed services that foster maximum independence.
  • Chore Services – Assistance with everyday household chores.
  • Respite Services – A paid provider that watches over a child or adult with special needs allowing a family member (natural support person) a break from the day to day care of the individual. Respite can take place in your home or temporarily in another setting, such as a day center or in the community.
  • Tupqich Elders Home – HUD Section 202 Senior Housing. Four apartment units for qualified elders who meet income limits.

Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury (TABI) Program Services include:

  • Case Management – Support for qualified individuals with the development and implementation of person-centered care plans, activities and referrals, and assistance necessary to ensure services are continuous; comprehensive; and achieve physical, emotional and economic independence.
  • Mini Grant – Funding for equipment and/or service needs to qualified individuals necessary to improve the quality of life.

Applications

Hardship Mitigation Project

Application

The Maniilaq Association Hardship Mitigation Project is funded through the State of Alaska Community Initiative Matching Grant (CIMG), with the purpose of providing emergency food and weather appropriate clothing.  Please see application for eligibility requirements.

Alaska CSFP

Application  Brochure

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a monthly package of nutritious foods including canned meat, vegetables, fruit, juice, cheese, milk, cereal, peanut butter or beans, and pasta, rice or potatoes.  The Fairbanks Food Bank runs CSFP.