Fairbanks mental health organization cuts staff

Sep 19, 2013 -- 10:15am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A new version of the organization that provides mental health services in Fairbanks has reopened with a smaller staff. Fairbanks Community Behavioral Health Center ended operations Friday as it made plans to file for bankruptcy. The newly formed Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services reopened Wednesday. Staff members by the end of the week are expected to be reduced from 63 to 25. New chief executive officer Jerry Jenkins says the operation will end free services. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports more changes are likely. Jenkins says the Denardo Center, which provides 24-hour crisis care, will close at the end of this week unless a new funding is found. Organization officials say they likely will move into a smaller building and leave their main facility in south Fairbanks.

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