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Posted on: September 26, 2016

Council to receive results of behavioral health study and conduct a series of committee meetings

The Pierce County Council will receive the results of a study conducted on the behavioral health systems in Pierce County, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m., at Council Chambers, 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Room 1045 in Tacoma. If you are unable to make the meeting you can view it online. The Council commissioned the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) to specifically study the following areas of behavioral health in Pierce County;

  • Identify behavioral health needs
  • Catalog available behavioral health resources
  • Determine behavioral health resource gaps
  • Provide recommendations for ensuring a comprehensive, cost-effective, and recovery oriented behavioral health system that meets the needs of Pierce County

After the presentation from HSRI, the Council will hold a series of Committees of the Whole (COW) meetings. These COW meetings will allow the Council to gather feedback from the public on the results of the study and to receive presentations from other groups/organizations who are working on behavioral health. Below is a schedule of meetings:

  • Sept. 27, 3 p.m. - Council Meeting, HSRI Presentation Council Chambers (930 Tacoma Ave. S., Room 1045, Tacoma Ave., Tacoma)
  • Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m. - COW, public feedback on HSRI report (Pacific Lutheran University, Chris Knutsen Hall, Anderson Center 12180 Park Ave. S., Tacoma)
  • Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m. - COW, Public feedback, presentations by Pierce Together, Behavioral Health Coalition, League of Women Voters (Council Chambers, 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Room 1045, Tacoma)
  • Oct. 31, 1:30 p.m. - COW, Public feedback and Committee conversation (Council Chambers, 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Room 1045, Tacoma)

This information gathering will allow the Council to better move forward in making strategic decisions about behavioral health in Pierce County. The public can view the HSRI study, link to other behavioral health working groups, or comment online at the council behavioral health webpage. MEDIA CONTACTS:

Doug Richardson, Pierce County Council Chair

(253) 798-3308

drichar@co.pierce.wa.us

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