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Fresno County Approves New Youth Psychiatric Facility

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<p>Youth struggling with mental illness will soon have access to inpatient treatment in Fresno County.</p><p>Tuesday, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a $22 million contract, which will fund a 16 bed adolescent psychiatric health facility for five years.&nbsp; Supervisor Henry Perea says it’s one of the highlights of his career.</p><p>Perea says,&nbsp; &quot;Just knowing the number of children and families that are in crisis and the number of children that unfortunately commit suicide due to lack of care.&quot;</p><p>It’s been well over a decade since Fresno County has had any type of inpatient facility for teens suffering from mental illness.&nbsp; Currently, more than 200 kids a year are transported hundreds of miles away for treatment; at a time when they need family the most.&nbsp; Caroline Evans knows the struggle personally.</p><p>Evans says, &quot;I experienced the worry and the fear of a child, a sick child, being so far from home without any family or support system.&quot;</p><p>The facility will be run by Central Star Behavioral Health,Inc. inside of a remodeled building on the county’s Kings Canyon campus.&nbsp; Beds will be set aside for 12 to 17 year olds.</p><p>Fresno County Director of Behavioral Health Dawan Utecht says, &quot;I’m proud of our supervisors and proud of our community that that need has been recognized and there’s support to do something about it.&quot;</p><p>The adolescent inpatient facility is slated to open as early as this April.</p></div>

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