Behavioral Health

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Waabnessloa Dunah “A Place of Wellness”

We serve Alaska Native and non-Native children, adolescents, adults and families.

Behavioral Health Services:

We provide an array of holistic, life enhancing, culturally based behavioral health services at KIC Tribal Health Clinic. The following services are confidential and meet the highest standards:

  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Services
  • Mental Health Treatment and Services
  • Domestic Violence Prevention/Treatment
  • Batterer's Intervention Services
  • Youth Prevention and Education Services
  • Fetal Alcohol Screening and Referral
  • Family Support Services
  • Elder Care Services
  • Support Services

For more information: 228-9203

Substance Use Disorder – Outpatient Services
KIC’s Behavioral Health Program offers the Tribal Alcohol Program (TAP) for substance use disorder treatment services for adults and adolescents organized around three principal components: Education and Prevention, and Clinical Care, in an outpatient setting.

Education and Prevention activities include Adolescent Prevention services, Alcohol and Drug Information Schools (ADIS), and distribution of educational materials.

Outpatient clients seeking substance use disorder treatment services may complete their programs by attending regularly scheduled one-on-one sessions with counselors, or by attending weekly group meetings. Follow-Up contacts at regular intervals are designed to assist former clients with continued sobriety issues, and to help assess the effectiveness of KIC's treatment programs.

Counseling Services available for the following:

  • Substance abuse screening and assessments
  • Substance abuse outpatient and aftercare counseling
  • Substance abuse treatment groups and other specialty groups

Mental Health Outpatient Services
KIC Behavioral Health Program provides a variety of services to address the emotional and mental well-being of the residents in Ketchikan. Service components include: Outpatient services, and Prevention and Education services.

Outpatient services are available to adults, adolescents, children and their families. A range of treatment modalities are available by both licensed professional clinicians and para-professional counselors.

Mental Health Counseling Services available for the following:

  • Outpatient counseling services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness
  • Depression Screening
  • Individual, couple and family counseling
  • Family Therapy - screening, assessment and outpatient individual, group, family and play therapy
  • Psychiatric Services – a psychiatrist holds specialty clinics once a month for psychiatric services and medication management

Community/Support Services:


This program reaches and engages clients through community outreach, screening, assessment and active follow-up of referrals and clients to assist them in removing the barriers to wellness. The KIC Behavioral Health Department continues to remain focused on prevention, intervention, referral and support services to KIC Tribal members and families.

Scope of Work

  • Provide Needs Assessments for at-risk families/youth with follow up referral to appropriate agency or service provider.
  • Provide counseling (family/drug/alcohol) to clients until client is engaged in services at appropriate facility.
  • Participate in development of Individual Family Service Plans for families in transition.
  • Provide Prevention Education, Substance Use Assessments and referrals to Native students in Ketchikan Schools.
  • Facilitate youth and family support groups that address identified topics, e.g., Life Coping Skills, Better Choices, Parenting Classes
  • Provide intervention/prevention services to youth and families.


The KIC Behavioral Health Support Services will continue to offer “supportive” counseling, and outreach services with the focus being placed on services being brought to the homes, community, streets and schools.

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We provide the following:

  • Cultural Awareness Camp for youth involving parents and the community
  • Violence Prevention
  • Parenting Groups
  • Family Counseling