This is inside baseball, unless you’re maybe mentally ill. But the Department and Social and Health Services and Pierce County look like they’re working out a smooth shift of the county’s mental health services to the state.
This is happening because county leaders, especially Executive John Ladenburg, got fed up with state and federal funding for psychiatric care. The county’s been squeezed in recent years, and Ladenburg said it needed $3.65 million more a year to meet its contractual obligations to the mentally ill.
The money wasn’t forthcoming, so the county has kicked those obligations back to…