Pierce County's proposed 2018 budget envisions a behavioral health diversion center near Spanaway, intended to steer people away from jail and reduce a backlog of inmates waiting for beds at Western State Hospital.
Pierce County's proposed 2018 budget envisions a behavioral health diversion center near Spanaway, intended to steer people away from jail and reduce a backlog of inmates waiting for beds at Western State Hospital. Photo illustration by David Montesino dmontesino@thenewstribune.com
Pierce County's proposed 2018 budget envisions a behavioral health diversion center near Spanaway, intended to steer people away from jail and reduce a backlog of inmates waiting for beds at Western State Hospital. Photo illustration by David Montesino dmontesino@thenewstribune.com

County exec seeks funding to keep people with mental illness out of jail

September 24, 2017 08:00 PM