Crisis Recovery Center OK’d for Parkland

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A crisis stabilization center is set to open in Parkland early next year now that the Pierce County Council approved a $500,000 budget change to round out the financing package for the center’s construction. The center will help people with drug addiction or mental health issues stabilize from a crisis then connect to treatment and assistance programs during a stay of up to two days.

“There is an urgent need to provide resources for those in a behavioral health or substance abuse crisis,” said Councilmember Rick Talbert, District 5. “This is a necessary step forward, and I am excited for this center to be another resource available for those who need help.”

The 16-bed facility will be located at 1420 112th St. E. in Parkland at a cost of $6.1 million that will be funded by local dollars and a collection of state and federal grants. The center, which will be fenced and security controlled, will be located on county land across the street from Franklin Pierce High School. The Washington State Department of Commerce awarded the county more than $3 million earlier this year, for example, toward the facility. Medicaid will fund the actual operation of the center once it is constructed.

The center was identified as a major priority by first responders and the health care community because of the high cost of police response calls and trips to emergency rooms linked to people with mental health or abuse issues, when first responders and medical centers aren’t equipment or staffed to handle them.

“There is an urgent need to provide resources for those in a behavioral health or substance abuse crisis,” said Councilmember Rick Talbert, District 5. “This is a necessary step forward, and I am excited for this center to be another resource available for those who need help.”

Pierce County Council has allocated more than $8.8 million toward behavioral health programs and resources in the current two-year budget that ends in December.

“We must continue to work and find ways to address the behavioral health crisis in Pierce County,” said County Council Chair Doug Richardson in a statement regarding the recent vote. “We are working with professionals in the behavioral health field to make sure funding is going where it is needed most. Crisis stabilization is one of the most effective resources we can provide.”

Recovery Innovations, which currently operates a crisis stabilization center in Fife, was selected through a county-driven Request for Proposal process to operate the future center.

“Increasing access to quality behavioral treatment and care has been a top priority for us,” said Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier. “With this grant we now can see a 16-bed facility on the horizon, which is a large step forward in providing care that is badly needed in our community.”

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