Non-profit Alaska Behavioral Health works to help Fairbanks homeless with mental illnesses

Published: Dec. 24, 2020 at 4:18 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Alaska Behavioral Health works with other non-profits in Fairbanks to help the homeless population live better lives.

Formally Fairbanks Community Mental Health, Alaska Behavioral Health assists with psychiatric services, among others.

“We’ve been around since 2013 even though the name sounds new. Our role in the community is to help with the mentally ill adults, we have children’s services, we have crisis intervention, psychiatric assessment, intensive rehabilitation, and vocational services,” said Carl Rayburn, case manager for Alaska Behavioral Health.

Alaska Behavioral Health works alongside other non-profits such as No Limits and The Bridge to connect with the homeless and guide them towards services, as well as provide them.

“We’ve been collaborating with The Bridge as well as with Roscoe there at No Limits down at the warming center, and we’ve been gathering information to help direct clients towards services. Whether that is with us, or another agency is the Grass Roots Program, the primary goal is to connect people with services whether it’s the hospital, TCC (Tanana Chiefs Conference), or it can even be Bread Line or just The Bridge,” said Rayburn.

Alaska Behavioral Health offers more than just psychiatric services to those in need.

“The goal is to have at least some of the clients we interview and talk to, at least have them get into services somewhere or have the opportunity to receive services and assistance - whether that is to get them public assistance, or deal with Social Security with them, help with any legal issues or whatever. If the clients come to our services, we have case management and clinical services and stuff like that, and skill development. We help with housing quite a bit also,” said Rayburn.

Alaska Behavioral Health is always looking for volunteers or monetary donations. For information on how to contribute, visit their website.

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