About JYS

Children. Families. Community.

Juneau Youth Services (JYS) is a comprehensive behavioral health provider for children and youth, and their families. Over fifty years ago, Juneau Youth Services (then called the Juneau Receiving Home) met the needs of runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth. A lot has changed in fifty years, but our commitment to youth in crisis hasn’t.

We began operations in 1961 and currently provide a full array of emergency, residential, and community-based programs, including both mental health and chemical dependency services. Our overall admission philosophy at JYS is to provide individualized, strengths-based wraparound services to children and families – provided in the most normative and least restrictive settings.

This translates into providing programs that simulate homelike environments that emphasize the child’s development of positive, nurturing relationships and the skills needed to be successful within the community and in life. A primary goal for all of our programs is to maintain or reunite the child with his or her family whenever this is in the best interests of the child.

Juneau Youth Services is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).

Two of the most important values ingrained in our system are:

  • We continuously challenge ourselves to improve the quality of our services.
  • All staff, parents and other partners have a role in contributing to the quality of the services that we provide.

We pride ourselves on helping youth from all backgrounds, allowing them a chance to develop and thrive in a world full of opportunity.

JYS Mission

                                                     Responding to the behavioral health needs of Alaska’s children.

JYS Vision

To empower youth, engage families, and encourage communities to create healthy futures for Alaska’s youth and families.

JYS Values

We embrace all characteristics and experiences that define us as individuals by learning, engaging, and growing.

For our team

We celebrate a culture of team work that respects diversity and encourages life/work balance.

We welcome and support change.

For the Young people and Families we serve

We connect with people where they are to support who they believe they are meant to be.

For our community

We understand and respond to the needs of our community through collaborative relationships and teamwork.