Fresno Co. Children’s Mental Health Services Temporarily Relocates to East Central Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Starting Monday, Fresno County is temporarily moving its children’s mental health services.

The pandemic has drawn greater attention to the need for mental health services.

“Now people are looking for it,” said Ahmad Bahrami, division chief of the behavioral health department. “So that’s a good thing.”

However, the increased need has put a tough demand on the department.

They just need more space.

“The Youth Transition Program and Children’s Mental Health Services will relocate from Central Fresno to a temporary location in East Central Fresno near North Air Fresno Drive.

“Some of the services for children will be provided from here. Some of them will be provided through telehealth,” Bahrami said.

He expects this facility to provide services for a year and a half, but everything is in preparation for another move to East Olive Avenue.

“This new campus will house, on one side, our adult services. On the other side, our children’s services, a large campus, a large parking lot,” Bahrami said.

The new, larger building will be able to house all of the department’s services, creating a one-stop shop for patients.

“Individuals have to go to multiple places to get care, which will consolidate these things,” Bahrami said. “So one person comes to one place to get all of their services, which also allows us to better leverage staff and resources.”

According to Bahrami, the department is always looking for ways to provide more services to the community in a way that is accessible to everyone.

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