State extends interior mental health contract

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The state has extended a contract with an organization to provide mental health services in Alaska's interior.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/Abw6Vu) says the Division of Behavioral Health has granted a two-year contract extension to Fairbanks Community Mental Health Services.

The contract with the Anchorage-based organization was initially set to expire this summer. With the extension, the contract is effective through July 2016.

The organization was formed last year by Anchorage Community Mental Health Services.

That followed a closure of its predecessor, Fairbanks Community Behavioral Health Center, which has announced plans to file for bankruptcy.

The contract extension follows a reconsideration of the state agency's original plan to consider competing proposals for interior mental health services again this summer.

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

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