Pierce County will break ground on a new Crisis Recovery Center in Parkland on Wednesday, Nov. 6th. The center was developed in response to an increasing need for mental health services in central and southern Pierce County. The 9600-square-foot facility is designed to provide immediate, appropriate care to patients experiencing mental health crises in the Parkland-Spanaway area.

First responders, health care practitioners, and other community members identified the need for a Parkland-area facility after experiencing a significant increase in calls for behavioral health services in central, east, and south Pierce County. Pierce County provisionally approved a Parkland-Spanaway based Crisis Recovery Center in 2016, and the current site was selected in July 2018.

The county’s only other Crisis Recovery Center is located in Fife. The Parkland facility is modeled after the Fife center, and both locations will be operated the same company, Recovery Innovations. Crisis Recovery Centers care for 16 patients at a time, have an average stay of 48 hours, and maintain a 1:3 staff-to-patient ratio.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. in front of the new Crisis Recovery Center on 1420 112th St. E. in Parkland. Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Sheriff Paul Pastor, and Senator Steve O’Ban are scheduled to speak at the event. Community members can RSVP on the county’s website.