Become a Behavioral Health Aide

Your Village Needs You

Tribal Health Organizations are recruiting and training community members within their region to become Behavioral Health Aides, to address local mental health and substance abuse disorders and to provide prevention activities in the community. Behavioral Health Aides are working to promote healthy individuals, families, and communities in rural Alaska Native Villages.

What is a Behavioral Health Aide? 
A Behavioral Health Aide is a counselor, health educator, and advocate to help address community behavioral health needs which include alcohol, drug, and tobacco abuse and mental health disorders such as grief, depression, suicide, and related issues. BHAs seek to achieve balance in the community by bringing solutions and sensitivity to cultural needs.

Behavioral Health Aides help individuals who face serious health problems related to lifestyle choices such as cancer, heart disease, influenza, and pneumonia families dealing with disruptions related to abuse, neglect, and violence communities cope with injury or death related to accidental and intentional injury.

Training Opportunities:

  • Receive instruction on how to understand, evaluate, and provide treatment for someone with substance
  • abuse or mental health issues.
  • Provide group, family, and individual counseling.
  • Become knowledgeable about local and statewide resources that are available and connect those facingbehavioral health issues with the assistance they need to achieve success.

A Rewarding Career:

  • Begin a career path to addiction treatment, mental health, psychology, social work or other related health services.
  • Receive steady, paid year-round work, with scheduled vacation time.
  • Enjoy the flexibility of full-time and part-time work.
  • Work in the village where you live.
  • Become an asset to your village.
  • Take pride in performing a rewarding job, where you make a real difference in the health and stability of an individual, family or community.


For more information on how to apply to become a Behavioral Health Aide, please contact your Regional Health Organization.