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Bethel Youth Facility
P. O. Box 1989
Bethel, AK 99559
Phone: 907 543-5200
Fax: 907 543-2710

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Director's Office
State of Alaska
Dept of Health & Social Services
Division of Juvenile Justice
240 Main Street, Suite 701
P.O. Box 110635
Juneau, AK 99811-0635

Email: Hss.djj@alaska.gov
Tel: (907) 465-2212
Fax: (907) 465-2333

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Bethel Youth Facility

The Bethel Youth Facility consists of a Detention Unit with a design capacity of eight residents and a Treatment Unit with capacity of 11 residents. Detention admissions ran counter to statewide trends and increased dramatically in FY 01, and the facility continued to operate above capacity. Nevertheless, the average daily population in the facility decreased from last year, suggesting that probation officers have done a good job finding alternatives to detention.

The vast majority of youth admitted to the Bethel Youth Facility are Alaska Native. Residents this fiscal year represented a wide range of offenses. These young people come to the facility from a wide geographical area representing Barrow, Nome, Kotzebue, Fairbanks, Bethel, and the 56 villages of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The BYF staff strive to provide detention and treatment services in a manner respectful and supportive of the cultural backgrounds of the residents.

Staff at the Bethel Youth Facility continued to expand community partnerships, participating in the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation’s People Working Together/Wraparound Services project, Orutsararmiut Native Council’s Wellness Court training project, and Bethel Community Services’ Developmental Disabilities/FAS program. Treatment unit staff worked closely with staff at the Bethel Senior Center to develop meaningful community work service for residents.

The needs for the Bethel Youth Facility are for continued training and support for staff in dealing with the significant number of youth who have Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, substance abuse problems, and other mental health needs. Well over half of residents at this facility are on medication for depression or other mental health conditions. These special needs offenders require extra amounts of staff time and resources, such as exceptionally close supervision, development of special programs, medication administration and monitoring, frequent health care appointments, and referrals for services. This is not unlike the experiences of all of youth facilities, but is exacerbated by the limited resources available in Bethel.

 

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