Cohen Military Family Clinic Marks 2nd Anniversary
Coast Guard Captain Leanne Lusk addresses the anniversary celebration inside a tent at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic in Muldoon.
Although it’s been serving patients since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic waited until its 2nd anniversary to celebrate its opening.
Late to the Party
The clinic in East Anchorage is part of financier-philanthropist Steven A. Cohen’s $275 million commitment to help reduce military suicide and increase care for military families by building twenty-five clinics across the country. The local clinic is hosted by Alaska Behavioral Health, the community mental health nonprofit.
The clinic counts more than 500 “episodes of care” delivered statewide since launching its services in 2020, including telehealth therapy sessions and in-person sessions at its Anchorage and Fairbanks locations.
The delayed grand opening featured a visit from Cohen Veterans Network President and CEO Dr. Anthony Hassan.
“I’m extremely proud of our Alaska team who has been working tirelessly over the past two years to provide high quality care during some of the most challenging circumstances,” said Hassan.
The ceremony also included remarks from Alaska Behavioral Health CEO Jim Myers, Coast Guard Captain Leanne Lusk, and state Senator Josh Revak, an Army veteran.
More than 25,000 post-9/11 military veterans in Alaska are eligible for care at the Cohen Clinic, along with more than 21,000 active-duty service members and nearly 40,000 military family members.
The clinic uses evidence-based practices to treat depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, adjustment issues, anger, grief and loss, family issues, transition challenges, relationship problems, children’s behavior problems, and more. Services are available regardless of discharge status, role while in uniform, or combat experience.
“Alaska is home to more veterans per capita than any other state but also experiences disproportionately high rates of military suicide,” Hassan said. “It’s important that we break down barriers standing between a service member and the care they need. In Alaska, where access to care can be challenging, we’re working to make sure any member of the military community who needs help is able to find it.”
Cohen Veterans Network was established in 2016 by “hedge fund king” Steven A. Cohen, the owner of the New York Mets baseball team.