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ABOUT NORTH STAR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SYSTEM – NORTH STAR HOSPITAL
Based in Anchorage, Alaska, North Star Behavioral Health offers residential psychiatric treatment programs for children and adolescents. This includes the Trail Program, which provides acute residential care for children and teens ages 4 through 18, and Alpine Academy, which treats girls ages 12 through 18.
There is also a facility for United States military service members and veterans, called the Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital, located about a mile away.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
North Star offers holistic treatment for a wide range of mental, behavioral, and emotional diagnoses, including psychotic disorders, mood disorders, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The facility also offers treatment for anxiety disorders, high-risk behaviors, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
Evidence-based practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and aggression reduction therapy are tailored to each child’s age and individual disorders, and carried out in both one-on-one and group settings. In general, clients at North Star learn coping skills and stress management techniques, receive education about their illness, and participate in a variety of experiential and recreational activities.
North Star also offers specialized groups that focus on topics such as aggression reduction, stress management, and the development of coping skills, as well as experiential therapies, yoga, and recreational based groups. Family counseling is also a key part of the curriculum.
The multi-disciplinary treatment team at North Star includes medical doctors, psychiatrists, nurses and nurse practitioners, as well as mental health specialists, dietitians, and certified recreational therapists.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Images on the facility’s website for both the Trail Program and Alpine Academy show shared bedrooms and modern facilities that are colorful, airy, and bright. The Trail Program has outdoor areas for recreation while Alpine Academy offers a gymnasium.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
While Rehabs.com has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, the two anonymous loved ones surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave North Star mostly positive reviews. One gave the hospital five out of five stars across all 15 different metrics, and wrote that the facility was attentive to their cousin’s needs. Though this loved one noted pricing as a weakness, they described the facility as “a great place” overall.
The other reviewer also gave the facility above-average ratings – four out of five stars across all 15 metrics except treatment effectiveness, which they gave only two stars. “They helped and it was good but they didn't help tons,” the loved one wrote.
On Google Reviews, the hospital received a low, average rating of 1.2 out of five stars based on six reviews, mostly from dissatisfied loved ones. “If I could have put 0 stars I would have,” Aiden wrote in a representative review. “They lie to parents… All they wanted to do was medicate [my son] with about 6 different meds. When he cane home he's been off meds ever since and just fine. There are better resources out there. Unfortunately we didn't know any better… Parents beware!!!”
According to HealthGrove, the facility accepts private insurance and Medicaid.
Updated September 2016
Published on September 2016
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