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TACOMA: MDC was there for Cecil

Letter by Lisa S. Edwards, Tacoma on Nov. 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm with 9 Comments »
November 28, 2011 9:13 am

Thank you for the article profiling Cecil Leading Horse (TNT, 11-20) and his courageous road to recovery. The article aptly explains the support services provided by the Metropolitan Development Council.

However, there are several important details that were not provided to News Tribune readers: MDC’s Behavioral Health and Recovery program serves more than 4,500 Pierce County families annually and operates the only acute detox facility and sobering center in the county.

The calculated return on investment of this program is a 12:1; for every $1 spent, $12 of future services are saved for use elsewhere in our community for police, fire, medical or incarceration costs.

It is easy to become fixated on the $2.1 million cost and lose sight of the fact that when Leading Horse was ready, the MDC was there with cost-effective treatment and wraparound support services at a fraction of the cost of an emergency room visit or jail.

The unsung heroes in this story are the MDC staff who every day quietly go about their work serving thousands in the community. A dedicated group of professionals, faced with ongoing reductions in funding, the MDC staff regularly scrutinizes operations to ensure each dollar is stretched to serve as many in the community as possible.

(Edwards is MDC board chair.)

Leave a comment Comments → 9
  1. alindasue says:

    This is only one of the many services that MDC provides for our community. I can remember one winter when they helped us keep our house heated.

    Thank you for all that your organization does for our community.

  2. harleyrider1 says:

    So according to your math, we currently have over $24-million dollars to use somewhere?

    Love the math and your statistics. Guess we won’t have to budget money for 2012 and future years until they can show they have accounted for the $24-million dollars they have.

  3. tommy98466 says:

    Cecil Leading Horse hasn’t done anything courageous. Its the taxpayers who have been courageous shelling out millions of dollars to keep this bum alive. Pure and simple. TNT, drop this story its pathetic.

  4. itwasntmethistime says:

    Spin it any way you like — the reality is that Cecil Leading Horse stole $2.1 million from people who desperately needed a meal and a warm bed to sleep in.

  5. BigSwingingRichard says:

    Why are we not sending the bill for Cecil to the Indian casino owners who justify their gambling monopoly by claiming the profits are used for social programs for Natives. Well, here’s a Native who needs some help. Call it a casino tax.

  6. BlaineCGarver says:

    Alindasue, help heating your home is exactly what I have in mind when my dollars help someone.

  7. The way I look at the 2.4 million spent on one drunk was a disgrace.When does enough become too much?This money that was spent could have been used other places much more effectively on other needs.

  8. surething says:

    This letter is absurd. You cannot polish this turd, no matter how hard you try.

    “When Leading Horse was ready”, are you kidding me? Pat on the back to you, but screw everyone else that tried and PAID over years. What a hero.

  9. Lisa, you sound like a typical live off the government loser. I can’t even think of the words to say to people like you. My guess is that you believe every one else owes you all that THEY worked for while you sit and do nothing but collect “what is owed to you”. Total Bull! Leading Horse has been a huge draw on society. I am glad he’s sober now but for how long and then what? Oh, yes, more help from us – I get it now:(

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