To provide effective services to homeless youth, and youth and families with behavioral health needs.
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Juneau Youth Services (JYS) has a long history of providing services to runaway and homeless youth, and to youth with mental health and substance abuse problems. We began providing services in 1961 as the Juneau Receiving Home in a home near Norway Point. The home was lost when the State of Alaska acquired the property in the early 1960’s for construction of Egan Drive.
Subsequently, the City worked with us to secure another location, and arranged for construction of a facility on the current Cornerstone Shelter site (9290 Hurlock Street) in 1967. We have been providing services continuously in the current Cornerstone location since that time. The name of our organization was changed to Juneau Youth Services in 1986.
We now have multiple programs and facilities to address the needs of Juneau’s youth. We have evolved over time to become an agency that provides comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services to high-needs youth and their families. Our current services include: emergency and transition programs; long-term residential programs; and community-based programs. We served over 400 separate youth in our programs in 2016.
JYS provides a full array of services to runaway and homeless youth and to youth with mental health and substance-use disorders. We serve children and youth ages 3 to 21 and provide the following services:
Emergency and Transition Services
• Cornerstone Emergency Shelter: 10 bed, co-ed shelter for youth ages 10 to 19
• Transitional Living Apartments
o Cornerstone Apartments: 6 beds for youth ages 16-21
o Black Bear Apartments: 13 beds for youth ages 16-21
Long-Term Residential Programs
• Miller House: 15-bed, co-ed program for youth ages 12-18 with behavioral disorders
• Wallington House: 6-bed program for boys ages 12-18 with sexual disorders
• Lighthouse: 6-bed program for girls ages 12-18 with severe emotional disorders
• Montana Creek: 15-bed, co-ed program for youth ages 12-18 with mental health and substance abuse problems
• Assessment Center
• Outpatient Chemical Dependency Program
• Family Outpatient Program
• School-based Services
o Early Childhood Support (ECS) Services
o Mental Health Programs at all elementary and middle schools
o Suicide Prevention (middle and high schools) and Teen Health Center Services (high schools)