THIS POST IS FROM 2008. Soteria Alaska has actually closed down since opening.
If I was younger and single and done with my withdrawal, I’d be there in a minute.
Info on the original Soteria House run by Loren Mosher here. Key is that drugs are used very minimally and generally extremely short term. People recover at rates of 80 – 90% with minimal and loving interventions.
Two random assignment studies of the Soteria model and its modification for long-term system clients reveal that roughly 85% to 90% of acute. and long-term clients deemed in need of acute hospitalization can be returned to the community without use of conventional hospital treatment. Soteria, designed as a drugfree treatment environment, was as successful as anti-psychotic drug treatment in reducing psychotic symptoms in 6 weeks.
Soteria-Alaska is a home where people who are experiencing symptoms that are associated with diagnoses of mental illness can live while they begin their recovery process. The primary services are peer support, homelike environment/milieu, inclusion in the community. Families are encouraged to participate at the desire of the resident. The home will welcome the sharing of diverse cultural traditions as determined by the residents in the home. Soteria-Alaska is a place for people who might otherwise go to the hospital if an alternative was not available or who have been in the hospital for a brief period of time, but would benefit from the Soteria environment. It is not a permanent residence. It is a 24 hour staffed home that is located in Anchorage, but accepts residents from all of Alaska. Soteria values choice, self determination, the power of peer support and respect for all people.
Soteria-Alaska is recruiting for a House Manager and eight to ten Residential Assistants.
The House Manager will oversee day to day operations, supervise staff under the direction of the Executive Director and with the Executive Director set the tone of the environment. People who understand and exemplify the Soteria philosophy are encouraged to apply. Individuals with personal experience with recovery and people with licensure or eligible for licensure in Alaska will be strongly considered for the House Manager position.
Residential Assistants will work under the supervision of the House Manager and the Executive Director. They will provide support to individuals who are experiencing acute symptoms such as hearing voices, fear, anxiety, and inability to sleep. They will participate with residents in the operation of the house such as shopping, cooking and cleaning. Residential Assistants will be compassionate and respectful and will honor personal choice of individuals while acknowledging the needs of the community. Individuals with personal experience with recovery will be strongly considered for Residential Assistant positions.
Volunteers and Student Interns are welcome to join the Soteria House team. Volunteers and Students will work under the supervision of the House Manager and the Executive Director and will work along side Residential Assistants in providing support to residents. Soteria-Alaska has signed a memorandum of Agreement with the Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and welcomes participation from individuals seeking training and experience who are clients of DVR.
Soteria has some limited, affordable, temporary housing available to people who are relocating to Anchorage to work in Soteria House.
Contact: Susan Musante, Executive Director Soteria-Alaska, Inc. and CHOICES, Inc.
This is from the Soteria-Alaska info website:
Purpose: To allow people with acute and long term symptoms of mental illness to recover in a non-coercive, home-like environment, with choice about medication, using the development of personal relationships as the primary intervention. Using this approach the trajectory of chronic disease, disability and costly hospitalizations can be averted for many people.
Vision: Alaskans who are diagnosed with serious mental illness will have access to a full range of environments and services that change their trajectory from one of chronic disability to health and community inclusion. Soteria-Alaska will be one piece of the behavioral health system that supports this vision.
3. Individual choice
4. Easy access to appealing behavioral health services
5. Informed self-determination
Mission: Soteria-Alaska provides a safe, non-coercive, home-like environment where people in Alaska who are diagnosed with serious mental illness recover from acute and long term symptoms and avert the trajectory of chronic disability and poverty. We are an evidence-based, cost-effective alternative to hospitalization that is responsive to individual needs, desires and cultural values.