Cook Inlet Tribal Council: Ernie Turner Center

Cook Inlet Tribal Council: Ernie Turner Center


Cook Inlet Tribal Counsel (CITC) has been in operation since 1893 in Anchorage, Alaska helping American Indians live better lives. The Ernie Turner Center (ETC) is a residential rehab for individuals struggling with a substance abuse disorder and dual diagnosis.

While medical detox was once offered at this facility, it now utilizes a partner service with an area provider.


Ernie Turner Center’s website notes admission to the program is gained by personal contact or through a professional recommendation. Most Alaska Natives struggling with an addiction disorder and those who are chronically homeless are eligible. A two-hour interview assessment evaluates a client’s personal, emotional, and medical history before a staff member can make a referral to the appropriate level of care.

Length of stay is typically six months plus about 12 weeks of aftercare. The program utilizes the “Village of Care” model which acts like an extended family. It also recognizes Alaska Native values and offers counseling and support that is culturally appropriate.

Clients participate in individual and group counseling for substance abuse and co-occurring mental health and may also receive case management and have spiritual needs addressed.

Additional aid offered by CITC includes family services, employment and training services, and workforce development.


Currently, the facility does not list details about its treatment staff. However, the one loved one surveyed by to date gave five out of five stars when asked about the staff’s level of training and experience.


Specific details about the 12-bed facility are limited at the time of this writing. But, the loved one polled by at the time of this writing gave five out of five stars for accommodations and amenities.


At time of writing, has received no reviews from alumni regarding the Ernie Turner Center. However, the 32 people who left reviews on the facility’s official Facebook page, which it has the ability to manage, provided a 4.3 out of five star average. Most reviewers praised the staff and wrote about a friendly, caring environment.

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. “This company has very friendly and knowledgable staff,” Jessica added.

To date, the six people who left Google Reviews gave an average of 3.2 out of five stars. The three people who left negative feedback complained about getting calls back and unprofessional program. However, two people praised the friendly staff. “Nice helpful staff, fairly popular. Seem to cater to a wide variety of community needs,” R.H. wrote.


The one loved one polled by at the time of this writing provided positive feedback, and five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness. They gave three stars when asked if they would recommend Ernie Turner Center. “Allowed us to talk to our loved one every day. great program,” the loved one wrote.


According to Ernie Turner Center’s website, the facility accepts private insurance and Medicaid and works off sliding scale fees. The one loved one polled by at the time of this writing gave five out of five stars when asked if treatment was worth the cost.


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  • Allowed us to talk to our loved one every day. great program