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The Cause

A New Behavioral Health Hospital

One in five adults live with behavioral health illness. Coping with a behavioral health illness is difficult, especially without resources to help.

A family’s world stops when a loved one starts experiencing severe behavioral health issues. And their world falls into a black hole when they can’t find adequate care – a situation that, for decades, has been the shared experience of many families in our community.

Pierce County ranks at the very bottom of urban counties in Washington in terms of inpatient psychiatric capacity, with only 2.8 beds per 100,000 people in our community. The national average is 26.1 beds.

Our community is suffering because of this severe lack of access to care. Emergency departments are overcrowded because people have nowhere else to turn in a crisis. Outside of our hospitals and facilities, military veterans live on the streets with untreated post-traumatic stress disorder. Law enforcement, first responders, and members of the justice system divert an incredible amount of time and resources to addressing the behavioral health crisis.

Now there is hope.

CHI Franciscan Health and MultiCare Health System, the two major health care providers in Pierce County, will jointly build and operate a 120-bed behavioral health hospital in Tacoma that will serve approximately 5,000 adult patients each year.

All of the proceeds from the 2017 Rock the Foundation will support the cost of building this new hospital.

You can help bring hope and recovery to families all across South Puget Sound.