ABFS’ is located in South Anchorage on a 15-acre residential campus. We offer mental health services within our two residential cottages. Our pre-adolescent cottage serves males with a developmental age range of 9-13 years old. Our adolescent cottage serves females 14-18 years of age. Our campus also includes our Administrative Offices and a vegetable garden, as well as a baseball field. We are also located adjacent to H2Oasis, an indoor water park, which all our students get to enjoy while participating in our program.
Evidenced Based Program
Recognized by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network as a promising practice, ABFS’ treatment program is based on the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) clinical services. ABFS provides individual, family and group therapy; we also have an on-site psychiatric nurse practitioner who, under the supervision of a licensed psychiatrist, oversees medication management and provides primary health care for all of our students.
- Help students to function with decreasing formal supports, ensuring a timely and successful transition into a less restrictive placement setting
- Help students progress towards meeting the level of skills and competencies that are developmentally appropriate
- Help students progress towards meeting developmentally appropriate educational and/or vocational goals
- Reduce the risk of harm to students and others as a result of maladaptive behaviors
Measurement of Success
ABFS monitors our success of supporting students to meet these goals through utilization of the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS). This scale is used to assess the degree of impairment in our students before intake, during treatment and after discharge. Levels of functioning in school/work, home, community, behavior towards others, mood/emotions, self harm behaviors, substance use, and thinking are rated on a scale and the scores from all the areas are then combined for a total score of functioning.