Pierce County breaks ground on new crisis recovery center

VIDEO: Pierce County breaks ground on new crisis recovery center

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — Pierce County officials broke ground Wednesday morning on a new crisis recovery center aimed at bridging the gap currently present for behavioral health services.

The recovery center, in the Spanaway and Parkland areas, will be a place where law enforcement, medical responders and families can bring people suffering from mental health crises to receive immediate treatment.

“We heard from first responders about the gap in the services for people in need. This is a great next step for resolving our behavioral health crisis in Pierce County," Pierce County Council Chair Doug Richardson said.

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Currently, the only crisis care facility in the county is located in Fife.

The 9,600-square-foot center will serve 16 people at any given time and have a 1-2 staff-to-patient ratio.

“The new Crisis Recovery Center is integral to the behavioral health community. It will be a way for us to provide accessible treatment to clients and get them the help they need,” said Kim Zacher, CEO of Comprehensive Life Resources.

The center is expected to open to patients by the end of summer 2020.

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