Rebuilding Fairbanks' Mental-Health Network

FAIRBANKS- Some officials say, Fairbanks mental health care is “broken,” and they want to overhaul the system. A community action planning group of local nonprofits, will host a public meeting tomorrow night and discuss the situation. They want to tell elected officials that mental health care in Fairbanks is failing and offer suggestions to rebuild basic services. During the last year, Fairbanks has lost key services that help the mentally ill, like residential housing and vocational training. The Clinical Director at Turning Point Counseling Services, Gunnar Ebbesson, says, without a basic network, more people will suffer, or have to leave Fairbanks. The community mental health forum will be hosted at the Fairbanks North Star Borough assembly chambers, tomorrow night at 6 p.m.