Pierce County Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, Aug. 28, to construct a new crisis recovery center in Parkland.

The 16-bed behavioral crisis facility will aid individuals suffering from severe mental illness or substance abuse disorder, according to a statement released by Pierce County.

“There is an urgent need to provide resources for those in a behavioral health or substance abuse crisis,” said Councilmember Rick Talbert. “This is a necessary step forward, and I am excited for this center to be another resource available for those who need help.”

The council awarded $500,000 from the 2018 budget to begin construction on the project. In total, the center is estimated to cost $6.1 million. Funding will be sourced from both state and federal grants. The day to day operations of the center will be funded through Medicaid upon completion, according to the statement.

“We are working with professionals in the behavioral health field to make sure funding is going where it is needed most,” said Council Chair Doug Richardson. “Crisis stabilization is one of the most effective resources we can provide.”

Similar crisis centers can be found throughout Western Washington, in King, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties, among others.

The Pierce County crisis recovery center is expected to be completed as soon as early 2019.

In the meantime, individuals suffering from a behavioral health crisis can call the Pierce County crisis hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (800) 576-7764.