History of JAMHI and NCADD Juneau Affiliate

Established in 1985 as Juneau Alliance for the Mentally Ill, (JAMI) was originally organized as a family-based, grass-roots advocacy organization providing some supports to adults with severe, chronic mental illness but also family support, information and referral, education and assertive stigma reduction.

In the early 1990’s JAMI DBA JAMI/NAMI began providing general mental health and emergency services; in 2000 became the state designated community behavioral health center for Juneau, Gustavus, Elfin Cove and Tenakee Springs; in 2002 renaming to JAMHI: Juneau Alliance for Mental Health, Inc.

The JAMHI service array continued to grow beyond residential and basic services through the 2000s with a heightened focus on serving people with co-occurring disorders, the implementation of evidence-based practices, expansion of medical and drop-in services, development of same-day access capacity and the organization was accredited in 2011.

JAMHI received a SAMHSA Primary Behavioral Health Care Integration grant and began providing primary care services in 2015 and expanded its focus to whole person wellness with a Dartmouth InShape grant.

Established in 1965, NCADD-J organized the first Governor’s Conference on Alcoholism and with the State Council of Churches, helped convince the legislature to form a State Council on Alcoholism.

In 1967, worked with the Salvation Army to establish the first Juneau half-way house for people with alcoholism.

Through the late 70’s, 80’s and 90’s provided employee assistance program (EAP) services to a variety of Juneau employers.  In 1980 began the Alcohol Information School which later became Alcohol and Drug Information School (ADIS).

Through the 80’s and 90’s NCADD-J received a variety of grants and subcontracts to support coordinated substance use prevention services.

In the early 2000’s the organization piloted the first Juneau Wellness Court. In 2001 the adult ASAP program and Adolescent Assessment and Referral (AAR) program combined into one state-funded JASAP program.

In FY 13 and 14, the organization grew to provide behavioral health clinical and rehabilitation services reimbursed with Medicaid funds and established the Juneau Reentry Coalition, becoming accredited in 2015.