"Pierce County has started construction on a new facility aimed to help those grappling with substance abuse and mental illness.
Elected officials, social workers and first responders spoke Wednesday of the long-awaited Parkland-Spanaway facility."
"Central Pierce Fire & Rescue Chief Dan Olson said fire departments, particularly in central and southern Pierce County, have seen an increase in the number of mental health calls. It can be challenging for first responders to arrive and transport patients from the middle of the county to facilities in the cities.
Many of the mental health or substance abuse responses are from frequent callers, who need help the fire department can’t provide, Olson said."