Cook Inlet Tribal Council: Ernie Turner Center

Cook Inlet Tribal Council: Ernie Turner Center


The Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) has been providing assistance to improve the lives of American Indians since 1893 in Anchorage, Alaska. The Ernie Turner Center (ETC) is a residential rehabilitation center designed to help individuals struggling with substance abuse disorders and dual diagnosis.

Previously, the facility offered medical detoxification services, but it now partners with an external provider for this service.


Admission to the Ernie Turner Center program can be obtained through personal contact or professional recommendations. Eligibility is primarily extended to Alaska Natives dealing with addiction disorders and chronic homelessness. Prior to referring a client to the appropriate level of care, a comprehensive two-hour interview assessment evaluates their personal, emotional, and medical history.

The average length of stay at the facility is approximately six months, followed by 12 weeks of aftercare. The program adopts the “Village of Care” model, which emulates an extended family system. It also provides culturally appropriate counseling, support, and addresses spiritual needs based on Alaska Native values.

Clients engage in individual and group counseling for substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues. They may also receive case management services and have their spiritual needs attended to. Additional assistance provided by CITC includes family services, employment training, and workforce development.


Currently, the facility does not publicly disclose details regarding its treatment staff. However, the feedback received from one surveyed loved one on affirms that the staff members possess a high level of training and experience.


Specific information about the 12-bed facility is currently limited. Nonetheless, the surveyed loved one on rated the accommodations and amenities with five out of five stars.


As of the time of writing, has not received any reviews from alumni regarding the Ernie Turner Center. However, the facility’s official Facebook page, which is managed by the facility itself, features reviews from 32 individuals. The average rating provided by these reviewers is 4.3 out of five stars. Most reviewers praised the staff members and emphasized the friendly and caring environment they experienced.

Lithea described Cook Inlet Tribal Council Inc Ernie Turner Center as “A corporation that cares about people more than the numbers, can’t ask for anything more,” and awarded a perfect rating. Jessica added, “This company has very friendly and knowledgeable staff.”

On Google Reviews, six users have left reviews to date, with an average rating of 3.2 out of five stars. Among the three individuals who left negative feedback, their complaints were related to difficulties in receiving call backs and perceived unprofessionalism. However, two individuals praised the friendliness of the staff. R.H. wrote, “Nice helpful staff, fairly popular. Seem to cater to a wide variety of community needs.”


The one loved one surveyed by provided positive feedback and rated the treatment effectiveness with five out of five stars. When asked about whether they would recommend the Ernie Turner Center, they gave a rating of three stars. They wrote, “Allowed us to talk to our loved one every day. great program.”


According to the Ernie Turner Center’s website, the facility accepts private insurance and Medicaid, and offers sliding scale fees. The one loved one surveyed by rated the worthiness of the treatment cost with five out of five stars.

[1] This data was obtained from the facility’s official Facebook page:
[2] This data was obtained from Google Reviews:

Services provided by Cook Inlet Tribal Council: Ernie Turner Center

Service Setting

  • Outpatient
  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Type of Care

  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Treatment Approaches

  • Anger Management
  • Brief Intervention
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Contingency Managementmotivational Incentives
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Trauma-related Counseling
  • 12-step Facilitation
  • License/Certification/Accreditation

  • State Substance Abuse Agency
  • Commission On Accreditation Of Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Payment/Insurance/Funding Accepted

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Genders Accepted

  • Male
  • Female
  • Cook Inlet Tribal Council: Ernie Turner Center Reviews

  • Treatment Effectiveness
  • Accommodations & Amenities
  • Meals & Nutrition
  • Allowed us to talk to our loved one every day. great program