Juneau Youth Services is based in Juneau, Alaska. Our emergency, residential, and community-based programs offer hope and opportunities to at-risk youths. From homelessness to mental health issues to chemical dependencies, we understand the unique circumstances faced by children and their families. That’s why JYS strives to provide the necessary resources for youths to overcome, develop, and succeed.Reach Out Today
From emergency placement to ongoing treatment, JYS provides a wide variety of live-in residential programs. Each of our six programs is uniquely tailored for specific circumstances. Whether a youth has short-term or long-term housing needs, he or she has a place here.
Are you interested in becoming a foster parent? There are so many special kids out there looking for a hero. If that sounds like you, we’ll provide all the resources you need.
In order to help students feel successful in a mainstream classroom environment, we strive to help them manage their behaviors and emotions. Children enrolled in all school levels can benefit from the comprehensive services provided by our SBS program.
Are you a concerned family member, or work for an agency or organization concerned with a youth’s welfare? Visit our Intake & Assessment page to get connected with the resources you need and to connect with our team.
JYS is aware of and responsive to the current situation with COVID-19 (Corona Virus). We are actively following the CDC’s guidance in the following ways:
The following is a list of programs we provide and more specific plans to keep you informed. We will be updating these plans as necessary, so please check back if you are concerned something has changed.
Outpatient treatment appointments will continue via telephone or video-conference (tele-medicine) treatment appointments to avoid lapses in treatment sessions. If you or your child is sick, please call us to make alternative arrangements, or cancel your appointment.
School-Based Services will be discontinued for the duration of school closures; however, our staff are scheduling and providing individual, one-on-one behavioral health services for up to four hours. Staff will not be working with more than one young person at a time. We are scheduling times with our clinical staff, as well as assessments.
Residential Treatment will continue, but to avoid air travel, we’ll be accepting only new young people into the programs if they currently reside in Juneau, and a medical professional will examine any new young people before entering a residential program. We will monitor for any symptoms of the youth currently in our care. If a youth becomes symptomatic, we will isolate them and make a plan with the youth’s parent/guardian and the youth’s medical professional about the best course of action.
As of this writing, 3/25/20, the State of Alaska has requested that Alaskans hunker down, and that everyone but essential staff to stay home except to get groceries, attend medical appointments, be outside away from others, and that we should all avoid gatherings of more than ten people. JYS is in compliance with this guidance and will continue in this manner. Our residential units are not practicing self-isolation. Outings are an important part of our programming and we will continue with outdoor activities such as walks away from crowds.
Coronavirus is fast moving and we will continue to monitor the situation in Juneau carefully.
Not Currently Accepting In-Kind Donations: Juneau has always been a very generous partner with JYS. Heck, Juneau helped build the JYS facilities! However, for the time being, we are asking folks to NOT donate in-kind goods (toasters, couches, chairs, desks, clothing, dishes, etc.). We’re doing everything we can to restrict the spread of the coronavirus, and for now, that includes not accepting used furniture and whatnot. Many non-profits could use financial donations now more than ever, and Pick. Click. Give is an easy way to help your favorite agencies. Thanks!
We were founded in 1961, and since then we have provided comprehensive behavioral health services to Alaskan [and non-Alaskan] youths and their families. Many of our clients come to us through the intervention of agencies and organizations dedicated to a child’s well-being. Many of our youths have been homeless. Others come to us through families in desperate search of help for a loved one. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding our youths, we strive to utilize our trusted experience, genuine compassion, and steadfast dedication to ensure their success.
Our residential services are there for youths facing a variety of situations; from emergency short-term housing to intensive therapy to transitional living. Our community and school-based services allow youths to get the care they deserve while maintaining remaining in a community environment.
At Juneau Youth Services, it is our sincere goal to help at-risk youths succeed, and in doing so, feel hope for their future. Whether we are reuniting children with their families, helping them kick crippling habits, or offering the time and resources they need to transition properly into adulthood, Juneau Youth Services has and will continue to be a place where hope, opportunity, and success are abundant for all.