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New crisis nursery opens in Anchorage

Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A new crisis nursery is opening up in Anchorage to replace an emergency residential program run by the Anchorage Center for Families, which folded last month.

The new Children's Crisis Center, opening Monday, will be operated by the Salvation Army's Alaska Division. It will serve up to 10 children in state custody from infancy to age ten.

The Salvation Army has signed a three-month contract with the Department of Health and Social Services. The state agency is providing more than $144,000 of the program's $212,000 budget.

Other funds come from the United Way, the Municipality of Anchorage and projected in-kind donations and Medicaid billings.

Salvation Army officials said they hope to operate the program long-term, but signed on for three months to get the nursery opened quickly.



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