Wrangell Sentinel -

Crossings running strong in 2012


Greg Knight

Alaska Island Community Services director Steve Helgeson, center, with two of his staff therapists Bethany and Lee Burgess, have been working hard over the past 8 months to ensure the continuity of the outdoor program for at-risk youth in Alaska.

In November 2011, the Alaska Island Community Services “Crossings” program went through a metamorphosis when it was forced to shed a group of nine full- and part-time core staff members.

Employees from Crossings, the largest wilderness therapy program for emotionally at-risk teens in the State of Alaska, received letters on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 telling them their positions were being eliminated due to “unforeseen circumstances.”

Those circumstances related to procedures regarding Medicaid billing at the state level.

According to AICS director Mark Walker, the change was unavoidable...

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