Fairbanks mental health center to open in January

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Fairbanks will once again have a local drop-in center for people with mental illness.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/CHl7ww) says the daytime center will be located at Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services. It is set to open Jan. 6.

The service will be staffed by volunteers and will provide games, television, a light lunch and a place to socialize.

The service will fill a void left by the September closure of the Fairbanks Community Behavioral Health Center, which announced plans to file for bankruptcy.

Gene Redden is a retired health-care professional who spearheaded the effort to establish the new center. He will be the primary volunteer at the center.

He says local residents had been left with few options during a long, isolating winter.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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