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Pierce County's mental health system is in bad shape. Stories of people in need of help facing long waits, or unable to get the care they need are not uncommon.
Exactly how bad things are, though, that we won't know. At least not any time soon, thanks to the dysfunction of another branch of the County government. This week the Pierce County Council voted down a proposal brought forward by two of its members, Derek Young and Connie Ladenburg, which would have funded a study to show exactly where and how the system falls short, and how much money is being wasted by using County jails in the place of actual mental health services.
Matt Driscoll at The News Tribune takes a critical look at what went wrong with this particular issue in the context of the bigger picture of the dysfunctional dynamics of the current Pierce County Council, which he expects to see continue on other issues. Meanwhile, some of the county's most vulnerable residents continue to go without the services that could help them.Read more at The News Tribune