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Study says increase addiction, mental health services

Pierce County should prepare for greater demands for alcohol and drug dependency and mental health services, and try a different approach to deal with reports of possible child abuse or neglect, says a consultant.

The study, commissioned by the human services department and conducted by E jj Olson and Associates, was started in 2008 and completed this year.

"For the most part, they said we're doing a good job--keep doing what you're doing," said Human Services Director Tammy Kincaid.

The consultants compiled demographics, interviewed select county administrators and human services board members, and conducted focus groups with human services department staff.

For more please read the Sept. 9 print version of the Herald.