Fresno Mental Health Clinics Will Remain Open, Have Reduced Hours
Four mental health clinics in west Fresno and Fresno's Pinedale, Reedley and Sanger neighborhoods will remain open about two days per week, Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health Director Giang Nguyen said, the Fresno Bee reports.
The county had considered closing the facilities to reduce its $15 million deficit, but the public last week at a special meeting urged supervisors to maintain services at the clinics.
The department recommends keeping the centers open, but reducing hours of operation and requiring Nguyen to work with employee organizations to seek alternative solutions to eliminating programs.
Mental Health Board members also will recommend to the county Board of Supervisors that the county fully fund mental health services through the end of the current fiscal year.
The board will meet again before the next Board of Supervisors meeting to discuss issues brought up by the public last week (Anderson, Fresno Bee, 1/26).