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There have been an increasing number of behavioral health crisis incidents occurring in central and southern Pierce County. The only other crisis care facility is located in Fife and i s challenging for first responders from central and southern Pierce County due to the distance and time required to get to that facility. The Parkland-Spanaway location will be located near high volume traffic arterials and where more police activity and crisis calls are coming from.
We know that many homeless individuals suffer from mental illness and substance addictions. A new crisis care facility will help them and others get the care they need which for many is the first step toward getting off the streets.
No, patients are brought to the facility by first responders, ambulances, and in a few cases by family members. None are walk-ins. When ready to leave, patients are transported away from the facility back to their homes or to an appropriate facility; they are not permitted to walk out the door. The Fife Police Chief referring to the Fife crisis care facility, recently wrote that crisis calls and crime associated with mental illness has gone down in his city after the facility was established in his community.