A first-of-its-kind veterans clinic dedicated to serving post 9/11 veterans and their families is coming to Anchorage.

The Cohen Clinic is partnering with Anchorage Community Mental Health Services to open the clinic as early as February 2020.

"Veterans face significant issues from trauma, including very high suicide rates," said Jim Myers, Chief Executive Officer of ACMHS. "The VA provides excellent services, but for mental health services, in general, there's never enough supply to meet demand."

Myers said the governor's budget made significant cuts to mental health services, adding that the opportunity to expand mental health services and open a new clinic is a rare opportunity.

The clinic will be a part of the Cohen Veterans Network, a national nonprofit. Financier-philanthropist Steven A. Cohen's goal is to reduce veteran suicide and increase care for military families.  

According to Myers, the clinic will focus on evidence-based brief intervention models, group therapy, individual therapy, medication management and connect people will other services.

"They will also be doing telemedicine so they can provide services not just in Anchorage but throughout the state," he said.

ACMHS will provide services Myers said the clinic can't like vocational services, helping people find jobs and supportive housing. Veterans will have access to those services as well.

The clinic will be located on the corner of Muldoon and Debarr roads.

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