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Posted on: July 31, 2023

New Behavioral Health manager joins Pierce County Human Services

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Pierce County Human Services announced Margo Burnison has been named manager of Behavioral Health services which focuses on the coordination of mental health and substance use services across the county.

Burnison served as the Project Manager at the King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division until 2019 when she took the Court Manager position at the King County Superior Court. She has nearly 20 years of experience in program management and working with individuals with severe mental illness.

“Margo will be a wonderful asset for the Pierce County behavioral health community,” said Heather Moss, Human Services director. “She has extensive experience in helping people in crisis, a passion for the work, and strong bonds to the community that will take Pierce County behavioral health services to the next level.”

In addition to coordinating services and providers in the Pierce County behavioral health system, the Pierce County Behavioral Health division is responsible for administering funds from the 1/10 of 1% behavioral health sales tax. As manager, Burnison will lead, represent, and manage the County’s Behavioral Health Programs; assess community needs and priorities for new programs; develop, analyze, and report on performance metrics; monitor and support existing programs; and help identify and execute department-wide change management strategies.

“I am excited to take on a new position that will be a part of the process to expand and improve the behavioral health system in Pierce County,” said Burnison. “I'm looking forward to serving in the community where I reside with my family.”

She begins her new position on August 1.

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