An Opportunity For Change

Alpha Emergence Behavioral Health’s mission is to prevent and alleviate the harms of sexual abuse by providing services to perpetrators and those at risk to commit an offense and offering education to involved agencies and the public on topics relevant to sexual abuse perpetration and prevention.

SERVICE SUMMARY

AEBH is a community-based nonprofit agency providing inpatient (residential) and outpatient treatment and management of individuals who have committed a sexual offense or are at risk of committing sexual harm. 

The adult inpatient program provides high levels of structure and supervision and is the only Minnesota community-based adult program for sexual offending that is licensed and certified by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. The residential program incorporates a therapeutic community model and relies heavily on cognitive behavioral interventions. 

About
Us

We believe change can only happen when clients are listened to, respected, and fully understood. We take the time to thoroughly examine clients’ problems in context, integrating multiple modalities and evidence-based practices to find unique solutions to meet the individual’s needs. We believe that programming should follow the latest research and evolve as we learn more about what works and what doesn’t and we are committed to ongoing improvement as individuals, clinicians, and as an organization.  

Our Values

Professionalism:

Among our staff, we foster an environment of autonomy. Our staff is valued as capable and competent. Just as we encourage our clients to learn, we pride ourselves on being knowledgeable, accurate, and effective. We are dedicated to providing quality services to those in need.

Collaboration:

Teamwork and dedication to a central mission are essential to the success of our organization. We approach challenges with enthusiasm, hard work, and persistence. 

Respectful:

It is paramount that AEBH is respected among professionals in the field and the clients it serves. We strive to be known as responsible, credible, and dependable professionals. 

Sustainability &
Vision:

Stability and longevity are critical to our organization. We demonstrate this value through offering diverse services, being trustworthy and providing clear communication about where we have been and where we are going. We have built a solid foundation and plan to be here well into the future. AEBH prides itself on being able to adapt to change and to see past the current state of things to the future possibilities.

Integrity:

We believe it is our job to steward ethical practices in the field of sex offender treatment.

Integrity is reflected in our employees, programming, and leadership. 

Acceptance:

Our clients are met with understanding, empathy, and acceptance. We provide the hope and connection that our clients deserve. 

Equality:

The field of behavioral health holds a longstanding value of upholding and working toward social justice for all people. We strive to be welcoming and respecting of diversity. We examine prejudice beyond the actions of individuals, and work to challenge the ways it is embedded in our society.

Our Philosophy

Alpha Emergence Behavioral Health’s philosophy is that services should be individualized to the client. Our commitment to client-centered care is unwavering. We believe our client’s needs are the most important when it comes to preventing sexual abuse and creating safe communities. 

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, EQUITY, ANTI-RACISM, & ANTI-OPPRESSIONISM AND COMMITMENT TO BE AN ALLY TO THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY

AEBH is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. Employment decisions at AEBH are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

Racism is defined as prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people based on their membership in a particular racial or ethnic group (this includes Xenophobia and Sinophobia). The belief that different races possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities that distinguish them as inferior or superior to another person or race is racist thinking and should be challenged.

Additionally, AEBH staff and clients are expected to work to end oppression through support of, and as an advocate for, the LGBTQ+ community. Our organization strives to make our culture more aware and accepting of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals.

We understand biases can be unconscious or unintentional, and we do not assume those involved in acts of prejudice intended the negative impact. As an anti-racism and LGBTQ+ allied organization, we vow to identify, discuss purposefully, and challenge issues of discrimination and prejudice and the effect those issues have on our organization, staff, and clients. We will challenge ourselves to understand and correct any inequities we may discover and better understand ourselves during this process.

We are determined that our commitment to anti-racism and LGBTQ+ ally be reflected in the organization’s culture through our policies, programs, and practices. As we continue to learn about these issues, our program will evolve. 

Misinformation rooted in stereotyping, fear, stigma, and scapegoating is unacceptable. We strongly condemn acts of hate from microaggressions to hate crimes and decry the spreading of false rhetoric towards our clients, staff, colleagues, and loved ones. 

We ask everyone within the AEBH community and beyond to call out false and misleading rhetoric, racist and insensitive remarks and stand in support of all community members. 

We resolve to:

  • listen with an open mind
  • have our own opinions
  • be willing to discuss complex and sensitive issues
  • recognize personal boundaries
  • treat all people, regardless of age, sex, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, with dignity and respect
  • recognize when to refer an individual to additional resources
  • confront our prejudices
  • engage in the process of developing a culture free of racism, homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism
  • recognize mistakes, but not use them as an excuse for inaction
  • commit to personal growth despite the discomfort it may sometimes cause
  • understand the boundaries of our roles

TARGET POPULATION

In the residential program, adult males (and juveniles certified as adults) convicted of sexual offenses and those awaiting adjudication are eligible for admission.  Maximum capacity is 23 in residence with no limit in the post-residential phase.

The outpatient program serves clients ages 13 and over. Clients are not required to be charged or convicted of a sexual offense to engage in the program. The program targets all at risk of committing sexual harm in keeping with its mission to treat perpetrators as well as those at risk to perpetrate.

PLACEMENT PROCEDURE

AEBH’s primary referral sources are probation agencies, the Department of Corrections, and client self-referrals. Most referrals are made by county probation officers and supervised release agents, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. Program placement is determined by risk/needs assessment in conjunction with the most up to date best practices in diagnostic assessment.

Funding source

Most residential clients are funded by the government agency with legal jurisdiction, although some are self-funded. Outpatient services are typically billed to insurance or are funded by government agencies.

Service Sites

The residential program is located at 2712 Fremont Avenue South in Minneapolis. The outpatient program has multiple locations including Minneapolis, Elk River, Anoka, White Bear Lake, and Burnsville.