- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Military service members in Anchorage will soon have inpatient behavioral health services from a facility program now providing services for youth.

KTUU (https://is.gd/Ih0pAK) reports that North Star Behavioral Health plans to turn its Bragaw Street facility into a 36-bed acute unit for adults.

Facility director Andrew Mayo says the focus will be on treating people with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Lt. Col. David Cordy, mental health flight commander for the 673rd Medical Group, says mental health and substance abuse programs at the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson hospital can treat many patients.

But he says there is a lack of options for patients who need a higher level of care, such as inpatient services.

The inpatient military program is slated for a spring opening.

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Information from: KTUU-TV, https://www.ktuu.com

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