Pat McCarthy, Paul Pastor, others say Western State Hospital cuts will cause problems in Pierce County
The county executive and sheriff, along with County Councilman Dick Muri and Pierce County Community Connections director Helen Howell, are sending a letter today to Gov. Chris Gregoire opposing the downsizing of the Lakewood psychiatric hospital by 150 beds.
The county officials say the plan would “cause more problems that are even more expensive to solve,” particularly in Pierce County:
While 150 beds are slated to close, and only 10% of those are likely assigned to Pierce County, the reality over the years has been very different. A variety of factors continually lead to requests to be discharged to