Entries by Tim Farrell

Comprehensive Behavioral Health in Pierce County

The term “Behavioral Health” means health afflictions including mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and problem gambling. For many years, behavioral health treatment was almost exclusively funded at the state and federal level. As those resources rarely met the needs of the people in crisis, the state passed legislation to allow counties to tax themselves 0.001% to help fund local programs to meet the expanding need.

Social Distancing Saves Lives

My name is Tim Farrell. Some of you know me as a candidate for Pierce County Council; today I want to talk to you just as Tim. I know that many people feel they won’t be affected by the coronavirus that’s currently ravaging this nation. They want to get back to work, stop the isolation, and return to a normal life. I want to let you know, from personal experience, why that’s a bad idea.

Thanks, Paul

During my initial run for county council, I had the pleasure of meeting retired TNT editor Paul O. Anderson. Paul served in the Navy during WWII and mentioned he had joined up before the war. I asked where he was stationed and what his thoughts were when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Paul, in his usual nonchalant manner, replied, “I was there.”