Fence Leads to Mental Health Facility Closure

The only licensed assisted-living facility in Fairbanks for people with mental illness may have to partially close.

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FAIRBANKS- The only licensed assisted-living facility in Fairbanks for people with mental illness may have to partially close.

Downtown Care has been ordered to reduce its client load because a fence built by a neighbor less than six inches from building windows blocks escape routes.
A dozen clients will have to be moved by Monday to unfamiliar surroundings in Anchorage.
The president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Fairbanks, Jeanette Grasto, says it's "extremely unacceptable" that inadequate facilities in Fairbanks are resulting in a sudden relocations.
It's the latest in a series of challenges for Fairbanks mental health providers.
The nonprofit Fairbanks Community Behavioral Health Center, which oversaw many local mental-health programs, closed in September and later declared bankruptcy.

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