Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation - Jake's Place in Dillingham, AK

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6000 Kanakanak Road
Dillingham AK 99576

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Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation (BBAHC) offers comprehensive health care services to Alaska Natives and American Indians at more than two dozen southwest Alaskan locations. The Dillingham facility operates Jake’s Place, a residential substance misuse treatment center. Also at Dillingham are day and outpatient programming, as well as emergency services. Social detoxification support is available on-site, and the facility prioritizes extensive aftercare opportunities.


Initial assessments utilize American Society of Addictions Medicine tools to determine and develop treatment plans for each client. Residential treatment lasts between 45 and 90 days. Intensive day treatment and less structured outpatient programming vary in length, and some behavioral health services are provided on location in area villages. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, 25.8 percent of non-hosptial treatment facilities in Alaska offer a long-term {30-plus days) residential program while 11.2 percent offer day treatment or a partial hospitalization program.

BBAHC treatment is evidence-based, involving group and individual therapy sessions and psychoeducational programming. Multiple modalities are utilized, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, and 12-step facilitation. Treatment also utilizes the Matrix Model, which typically integrates multiple different forms of therapy and 12-step immersion along with positive reinforcement and substance use screenings. In addition, the facility offers a tobacco prevention and cessation program.

Continuing care is offered for 12 weeks following completion of a Jake's Place or other Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation substance misuse program. BBAHC aftercare emphasizes strengthening clients' community and family support systems.


According to BBAHC's website, treatment staff require counselors to have experience and training in treating co-occurring disorders as well as familiarity with the cultures of the region's peoples. Some staff members are fluent in Yupik. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, 57.9 percent of treatment facilities in Alaska employ at least one staff counselor who speaks an American Indian or Alaskan Native language.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings. However, the lone individual surveyed by to date characterized Jake's House and its rehab environment as being "like a family." He supported his favorable opinions with ratings of five out of five stars for general accommodations, meals and nutrition, and the facility's cleanliness and upkeep. He felt less favorably about exercise and leisure activities and visitor policies, to which he gave one and two stars, respectively. Residents participate in house chores, according to the individual.


The single alum who submitted a review to to date indicated that he would recommend Jake's Place to others. Leaving a highly positive review overall, the alum, J.C., gave particularly high praise to the facility's staff, giving five-star ratings to the staff members' level of training and experience as well as their level of support and flexibility.

"The friendly family type environment brings group members close together," J.C. wrote, noting that the treatment gave him a "New outlook on life of sobriety." J.C. did however give much lower ratings to the facility's holistic inclusion and alternative methods of treatment.


Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation and Jake’s Place are partly funded by the Indian Health Service. BBAHC also accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance, and offers a sliding fee scale and payment plans. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, 44.9 percent of treatment facilities in Alaska accept Medicare and 79.8 percent accept Medicaid.

Published on December 2018

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Traditional practices and general knowledge of local plant medicines had me intrigued from the very start. Family type meals and chores after meals; participation made it feel like a family. Of course some complained about like families. The friendly family type environment brings group members close together. We were expected to participate. New outlook on life of sobriety.

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