The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) is a non-profit, federally recognized tribal organization serving the Aleut people in Alaska. Since its founding in 1976, APIA has been providing a variety of general and mental health, employment and behavioral health services to Native peoples residing in the Aleutian Islands. APIA serves members of 12 local tribes including the Akutan, Atka, Belkofski, False Pass, King Cove, Nelson Lagoon, Nikolski, Pauloff Harbor, Sand Point, St. George, Unalaska and Unga people. APIA’s behavioral health services include an outpatient substance abuse treatment program that implements the 12 steps and various methods of evidence-based therapeutic methods
Treatment and Staff
The outpatient program at APIA does not have a specific structure, however the behavioral health clinics that provide these services are open from 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday allowing clients to arrange treatment around their life schedules. Psychological assessments and evaluations of each client’s chemical dependency are taken and counselors recommend a treatment schedule—however it is not strictly speaking an individualized treatment plan.
Counseling services are available by appointment throughout the day including individual and group therapy, family counseling and couples counseling. All of the therapies utilize a CBT model of treatment. AA/NA meetings are also hosted on-site and both attendance and working with a sponsor are strongly encouraged.
APIA also offers tobacco cessation counseling and nicotine replacement therapy for those in need. There is also an Alcohol and Drug Information School (ADIS) at the behavioral health facilities that focuses on educating clients and their families on the nature of addiction, chemical dependency, coping skills and inter-personal skills. Additionally, there is a DUI education course.
The organization also offers a variety of other health care services and community outreach programs. There are primary health services that include oral health care, emergency care, women’s health services and additional mental health and psychiatric services. Beyond health care, APIA also provides employment services and counseling, scholarship programs, childcare programs and volunteer opportunities.
Although APIA was created to cater specifically to the Native peoples of Alaska, services are open to all. Basic outpatient substance abuse services offer evidence based individual and group therapies as well as family counseling and the 12-step program of recovery. With a range of mental and behavioral health care, employment and scholarship services, APIA is dedicated to assisting locals with comprehensive support to build a thriving and unified community with a strong focus on preserving heritage.
Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association
1131 E International Airport Rd
Anchorage, AK 99518
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