Fairbanks detox center to reopen

Posted: Tuesday, September 01, 2009

FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks Native Association hopes to reopen its detox center by Oct. 1.

Association Director Steve Ginnis and detox staff met Friday with Stacy Toner, the deputy director of the state Division of Behavioral Health. The state shut down the substance abuse program Aug. 17 and has been reviewing client records.

Ginnis said the top priority is hiring a qualified medical person for oversight.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported the detox center employs eight nurses and also offers mental health care.

While the center is closed, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is taking detox patients on a short-term basis.

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