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Fresno County Behavioral Health

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Caring for a child with acute mental illness can be an overwhelming and isolating experience. And when youth become a threat to themselves or others, resources to keep them safe can be difficult to find. Kathleen Schock spoke with Katie Rice, former Fresno County Behavioral Health Board Vice Chair of the Children's Committee and the mother of a child struggling with mental health needs, developmental disabilities and medical needs. Also joining the conversation is Chris Roup, executive director of the Fresno chapter of the National Alliance On Mental Illness.

On this week’s Valley Edition: caring for a child with acute mental illness can be really difficult especially when resources to keep the child safe are limited. We get feedback from parents and profressionals.

We also dig into why the Selma City Council wants to get rid of at-large voting and map out districts. And the Friant-Kern Canal delivers water to farms and communities on the east side of the Valley but excess groundwater pumping is causing it to sink in some areas. We hear about one possible, but expensive, fix.