Veterans Mental Health Summit Planned In Chicago

The meeting is Monday at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. The session will cover an overview of mental health issues and then break out into smaller groups. The idea is to put together strategies with community partners. Speakers include Erica Borggren, who is the director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs . One of the other sessions is titled “Challenges to Veterans Mental Health” and will be hosted by a clinical psychologist.
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State cuts Fairbanks mental health center funding

The new interim director for the Fairbanks center, Jake Poole , told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ( that he expects 60 people employed by the center to keep their jobs. Changes for the 1,000 annual clients, he said, should be minimal. “From what I can tell in this short period of time, it’s really going to be seamless,” said Poole, a former University of Alaska Fairbanks administrator, who came on board in a temporary role Tuesday. The center provides emergency psychiatric care, chronic mental health treatment and residential care. The health center is at least $1.2 million in debt. Board members said they learned of the scope of the financial troubles in May when administrators revealed they were struggling to meet payroll. Details of the transition to new management have not been made clear, Poole said.
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