Denali Family Services (DFS) was incorporated in May 1995 as Alternatives Child and Family Guidance Clinic. At that time, the agency operated as an outpatient psychological and psychiatric provider with a child protection visitation program. By 1996, the agency provided wrap-around services for the “severely emotionally disturbed” (SED).
As a behavioral health provider, DFS serves the most acute children with mental illness residing outside of psychiatric residential settings. In 1997, DFS became a child placement agency with the ability to recruit, license, train, and supervise foster homes and place children in those homes. In 2011, there was a name change, Alternatives was dropped and Denali Family Services is the official name of the agency.