Latest Blog Posts

  1. Summer Update

    Happy Summer, Friends! I am proud of my twenty-five year career in public service, and if there’s a silver lining to all the uncertainty and fear around COVID, it’s that public servants like me really have an opportunity to step up. And step up we...

    HumanServices
  2. Council Schedule Highlights Week of July 6th, 2020

    Due to Governor Inslee’s Emergency Proclamations 20–05 and 20–28, in-person attendance by members of the public at meetings of the Pierce County Council is NOT permitted at this time. Public participation must be done remotely. Remote attendance and...

    DerekYoung
  3. Council Schedule Highlights Week of June 29th, 2020

    Due to Governor Inslee’s Emergency Proclamations 20–05 and 20–28, in-person attendance by members of the public at meetings of the Pierce County Council is NOT permitted at this time. Public participation must be done remotely. Remote attendance and...

    DerekYoung
  4. Human Services Committee Leadership

    The Governor’s new order on public meetings allows local governments to resume non-COVID-19 business, while still operating remotely. That means committee meetings resumed this morning. At this afternoon’s Council meeting Councilmember Ladenburg and...

    DerekYoung
  5. Council Schedule Highlights Week of May 25th, 2020

    Due to Governor Inslee’s Emergency Proclamations 20–05 and 20–28, in-person attendance by members of the public at meetings of the Pierce County Council is NOT permitted at this time. Public participation must be done remotely. Remote attendance and...

    DerekYoung
  6. Supporting our Communities during COVID-19

    Greetings from Human Services! It’s been a minute (okay, more like 2 months) since my last message out from Pierce County Human Services Department, and how things have changed.  I won’t keep you long, since I know you are all busy and a long weekend...

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  7. Pierce County CARES: Free personal protective equipment (PPE) available to businesses

    Pierce County is providing free personal protective equipment (PPE) to county businesses to help them comply with COVID-19 workplace safety practices and protect employees and customers. This program is funded through $158 million in Coronavirus Aid...

    DerekYoung
  8. Be the change!

    I received an email from a Pierce County resident who was concerned with the number of people in our County that don’t seem to be taking this COVID virus seriously. And I have the same concerns. I have also heard from people that have asked us to...

    ConnieLadenburg
  9. Concerns about work release plans

    The Legislature has authorized creating 200 beds for work release between June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Fifty of these beds will be allocated to Pierce County during this period. This action is not COVID-related but is intended to fill a need for...

    ConnieLadenburg
  10. Where to get help during the COVID-19 pandemic

    I continue to receive information about where to go to get help. Here are some other resources you may find helpful. Connie South Sound Outreach: Financial, Expenses, Health, Food, School Operation Plans/Meals, Employment and Health Care  Pierce...

    ConnieLadenburg
  11. COVID-19 Temporary Care Centers

    I have been in communication with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and the County’s Emergency Management Director in addressing the concern people have about where to go if they have been exposed to COVID-19 but are not sick. We will be...

    ConnieLadenburg
  12. COVID-19: Keeping You Informed

    The County is working in partnership with Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, the State Department of Health, the Governor, our local cities, our Congressional delegation, our local businesses, and non-profit providers. This only works if we know...

    ConnieLadenburg
  13. Human Services Response to COVID-19

    My favorite meme right now says something like this, “What a year this last week has been.”  I bet you all can agree.  From hour to hour, let alone day to day, we don’t know what new challenge or obstacle is going to come our way. But I can tell you...

    HumanServices
  14. COVID-19 Update for March 20th

    – Derek Young, Pierce County Council I want to start by saying that my heart goes out to the people affected by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. These are extraordinary times which can be stressful for everyone. But it’s also been inspiring to see...

    DerekYoung
  15. The vote for behavioral health funding

    It has been a week since the Pierce County Council failed to pass an ordinance to help fund services for behavior health. Now that my anger and frustration have settled, I am able to share with you some of my thoughts that I expressed the night of...

    ConnieLadenburg
  16. Building Systems Together

    Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Partners, It turns out that the adage is true – if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.  I’ve been on the job for just over six months now, and what I’ve been most surprised by is the amount...

    HumanServices
  17. Council Schedule Highlights Week of February 17th, 2020

    – Derek Young, Pierce County Council Tuesday, February 18th, 2019 9:30 am Human Services Committee Connie Ladenburg, Chair Derek Young, Vice-Chair Dave Morell Douglas G. Richardson Marty Campbell Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and...

    DerekYoung
  18. Your behavioral health is worth a penny

    “Deja vu all over again,” an expression many of us have heard and used. According to Psychology Today, “Déjà Vu” is a common intuitive experience that has happened to many of us. The expression is derived from the French, meaning...

    ConnieLadenburg
  19. Everyone counts, no matter where they live.

    Greetings from the bunker!  I am coming up on my sixth month with the County – what a whirlwind it’s been! While there’s lots going on in every division of Human Services, there’s one event happening later this month that I want to bring your...

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  20. Council Schedule Highlights Week of January 6th, 2020

    – Derek Young, Pierce County Council Monday, January 6th, 2020 1:30 pm Community Development Committee Regularly scheduled meetings are broadcast live and replayed on channel 22 (Comcast and Click! Network) and channel 20 (Rainier Connect). Access...

    DerekYoung