Fairbanks Behavioral Health Center to Reorganize

Financially troubled Fairbanks Community Behavioral Health Center will close Monday and Tuesday and reopen Wednesday under a new name and operator.  Anchorage Community Mental Health has assumed a state grant for the Fairbanks facility and is taking over its management.  Fairbanks center interim executive director Jake Poole said staffing is the focus of next week’s two-day closure.

Poole stressed that qualified Fairbanks center employees have first priority for the jobs.

The Fairbanks non-profit mental health provider is $1.2. million in debt, and plans to pursue reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  It could resume independent operation next year when the state requests proposals for a new mental health provider grant.

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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