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Intensive School & Community Based Services

The purpose of our program:

The Intensive School and Community Based Services department provides one-on-one and small group services to DFS clients in Anchorage and Mat-Su schools, at agency facilities and at community locations. Our department helps to manage difficult youth behavior while encouraging kids to learn skills that will help them cope with ongoing mental health challenges. Behavioral Health Associates (BHAs) provide behavioral, social, and emotional coaching and teaching for children in DFS services while engaging them in activities and supporting them in a variety of settings.

Our philosophy:

We believe that children must be engaged and involved in their mental health treatment in order to have success. We want kids to have fun and enjoy the time they spend in our services, while raising awareness of individual strengths, challenges and successes. We believe that kids are not defined by the behaviors they exhibit, and that healthy growth and change will occur if they are supported, validated and cared for. Our department personnel are trained to provide structure and consistency for clients, while treating them with empathy and understanding.

Services Provided:

For more information contact:

Director: Bonnie Thurston,, 222-2343

Assistant Director: Tyler Healy,, 222-2346

Intensive School & Community Based Services Brochure

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