Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation – Jake’s Place

Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation – Jake’s Place


Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation (BBAHC) provides comprehensive healthcare services to Alaska Natives and American Indians at various locations in southwest Alaska. At the Dillingham facility, Jake’s Place is a residential substance abuse treatment center that operates alongside day and outpatient programs, as well as emergency services. The facility also offers on-site social detoxification support and prioritizes extensive aftercare opportunities.


According to the job descriptions on the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation website, initial assessments use American Society of Addictions Medicine tools to determine and develop treatment plans for each client. The residential treatment programs have an open enrollment system and last between 45 and 90 days. The length of intensive day treatment and less structured outpatient programming may vary. Some behavioral health services are provided in area villages.

BBAHC’s treatment approach is evidence-based, incorporating group and individual therapy sessions and psychoeducational programming. The facility utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, 12-Step facilitation, and the Matrix Model, which integrates various forms of therapy along with positive reinforcement and substance use screenings. Additionally, there is a tobacco prevention and cessation program.

After completing a substance abuse program at Jake’s Place or another BBAHC facility, clients are offered 12 weeks of continuing care, with an emphasis on strengthening their community and family support systems.


Job descriptions for Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation 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.


No information is currently available regarding the living arrangements and related offerings at the facility. However, according to one alum’s review, Jake’s Place and its rehab environment were described as “like a family.” The alum rated general accommodations, meals and nutrition, and the facility’s cleanliness and upkeep with five out of five stars. Exercise and leisure activities and visitor policies received lower ratings, with one and two stars, respectively. Residents participate in house chores and traditional practices.


One alum who submitted a review to recommended Jake’s Place to others. After participating in 12 weeks of aftercare, the alum praised the staff, giving them a perfect five-star rating for their level of training and experience. The counselors were described as supportive, available, and flexible.


Former and current employees who reviewed BBAHC on Indeed and Glassdoor expressed highly favorable opinions about their fellow staff members and their commitment to the facility’s mission. None specifically mentioned the substance abuse programs or Jake’s Place.

On Indeed, nine individuals contributed to an average rating of 4.2 out of five stars. Reviewers commonly mentioned positive staff interactions and described the workplace as challenging but rewarding and enjoyable. Two Glassdoor reviewers shared the same perspectives.


Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation and Jake’s Place receive partial funding from the Indian Health Service. They also accept Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance, and provide a sliding fee scale and payment plans.

[1] Indeed: [link]

[2] Glassdoor: [link]

Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation – Jake’s Place Reviews

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.