Welcome to the North Slope Borough Integrated Behavioral Health. The Behavioral Health Division has clinical staff who provides a complete array of services for children, adults, and families throughout the North Slope. We believe that with the right treatment and support, recovery is possible.
Our Vision: A resilient and empowered generation.
Our Values: Humility, Compassion, unity, Integrity, and Respect.
Who We Serve
The North Slope Borough Integrated Behavioral Health (NSB IBH) provides psychiatric treatment for residents of the North Slope experiencing mental illness and substance use disorders. NSB IBH provides children, adolescents, adults, and families necessary inpatient and outpatient services which may include: emergency psychiatric services, case management, outpatient counseling, and other psychiatric treatment.
NSB IBH offers a variety of mental health treatment services for a broad range of problem areas, which include:
- Alcohol and other drug addictions
- Attention Deficit Disorder (Complicated with Significant Behavioral Problems)
- Behavioral Problems
- Bipolar Disorder
- Co-occurring Disorders
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
- Suicide Risk
- Thought Disorders (e.g., Schizophrenia., Schizoaffective)
NSB IBH provides an array of intensive mental health services to children, adolescents, adults and families with severe symptoms of mental illness, substance abuse (dual diagnosis) and / or emotional distress who are residents of the North Slope. Most services are provided by board certifies psychiatrists, licensed / clinical professionals and or certified counselors.
NSB IBH provide the following services:
- Psychiatric Assessments
- Community Support Services
- Emergency Crisis Services
- Crisis Stabilization Services
- Individual and Family Education and Support
- Outpatient Therapy (Individual, Family and Group)
- Peer Support Services
- Physician/ Psychiatric Services
- Case Management
- Referrals to Residential Treatment
- Domestic Violence Assessments
- Day Treatment Gathering Place
Please contact NSB IBH for more information on the services provided.
NSB IBH use a variety of therapies, which may include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Trauma Focused CBT
- Matrix Model
What to Expect
NSB IBH gives priority to those who are pregnant drug users, pregnant women and injection users and women with children. We are committed to eliminating stigma, promoting recovery, achieving our goals in collaboration with stakeholders, and providing the highest quality services possible.
You can expect to be treated with respect and dignity by all staff, both administrative and clinical.
To make an appointment to be seen at NSB IBH, please call the clinic located at 5200 Karluk Street at 907-852-0366 between the hours of 8:30AM and 5:00PM, (Monday -Friday) to schedule initial screening appointment. Generally, at this appointment you meet with a clinician or counselor to determine appropriate treatment needs. Please feel free to ask any questions concerning treatment services when you call to set up the initial screening appointment.
Expect to talk about yourself a lot the first appointment. This is when the counselor gets a feel for what you need, your goals, your history, etc. Depending on the results of your assessment, the counselor will do one of two things: enroll you in services with us, or refer you elsewhere if another provider might meet your needs better.
If you are enrolled as a patient, an orientation to Center services will be provided at the time of the screening, which includes an explanation and written information about the range of services available, consumer rights, and crisis services (during and after hours).
In some cases, you may have to wait to be seen for your assessment due to wait list and/or emergencies. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.
Quality services depend on the close working relationship between your therapist, staff and yourself. As a patient, you have the responsibility to actively participate in treatment and the development of your plan of care. You are responsible for attending your treatment sessions and to cancel your appointments as soon as you know you will be unable to attend them. For a complete list of Patient Rights and Responsibilities please refer to your Patient Orientation Handbook.
One of the Agency’s core values is to respect patient rights and dignity and to foster an environment of recovery. The department defines recovery as “…the process by which a person overcomes the challenges presented by a mental illness to live a life of meaning and purpose…” NSB IBH has policies regarding scheduled appointments and what happens if they are chronically missed. A recommendation may be made to close your chart if appointments are missed. It is our policy that If we do not hear from you within two weeks of the date specified in your letter and or phone call received, you will be discharged from NSB IBH services. The referring agency may be notified of unsuccessful completion of program if need.
You should also:
- Ask a question(s) when you do not understand what is happening to you.
- Let a member of the staff know when you have a problem or feel sick.
- Take part in planning and participating in your own therapy and treatment program and provide information concerning your medical history.
- Attend scheduled activities and keep appointments.
- Show respect for the property and rights of others.
- Obey the laws which apply to all citizens.
- Be familiar with and observe the rules and policies of your center.
- Accept responsibility for your actions.
- Cooperate in the goal of the achieving self-sufficiency in the management of your everyday living.
If you feel your rights are being violated, you should talk to your assigned staff. If you are unable to get the matter resolved, you may register a complaint NSB IBH Compliance Officer.
Michelle Miller, PhD, Acting Program Manager
Integrated Behavioral Health
5200 Karluk Street
Utqiagvik, AK 99723
Phone Number: (907) 852-0366
Fax Number: (907) 852-0268