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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Barbara Burgener, TST Program Manager, 360-867-2092 or burgenb@co.thurston.wa.us

Grant Program Benefits the Mentally Ill and Chemically Dependent
County seeks proposals from qualified service providers

OLYMPIA - Thurston County residents who are mentally ill, chemically dependent or who have co-occurring disorders will benefit from programs funded through the Treatment Sales Tax (TST) program. County officials are now seeking proposals for one-time grants for the provision of such services. The Request for Proposals will be posted April 6, 2016 on the TST website http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/treatment-tax/index.htm and proposals are due May 4, 2016.

  • Grant amounts should be no less than $25,000 and no more than $100,000. There is $200,000 available.
  • Funds shall be used solely for the purpose of providing for the operation or delivery of chemical dependency or mental health treatment programs and services and for the operation or delivery of therapeutic court programs and services. Programs and services includes, but is not limited to, treatment services, case management, transportation, and housing that are a component of a coordinated chemical dependency or mental health treatment program or service (RCW 82.14.460).
  • Grants will be awarded to organizations submitting proposals that demonstrate an ability to produce results in one or more of the following TST Policy Goals and Thurston Thrives strategy map goal areas:

    1.Improve the quality of life for Thurston County residents with mental illness and/or chemical dependency by reducing problem behavior, so children are raised in a healthy, safe environment.

    2.Improve the quality of life for Thurston County residents with mental illness and/or chemical dependency by supporting students to overcome barriers and meet academic standards.

    3.Increase access to appropriate behavioral health treatment by increasing levels of interagency collaboration, cross system coordination and planning between corrections, courts, mental health, and chemical dependency and housing services.

    4.Reduce entry into, or deeper involvement with, the criminal justice system by increasing community, law enforcement, corrections and courts education and training for diversion and intervention for Thurston County residents with mental illness and/or chemical dependency.5.

    Eligible proposals must meet the Treatment Sales Tax Guidelines:

    • Meet the intent of RCW 82.14.460.
    • Provide services that are evidence-based or promising practices.
    • If providing treatment services, ensure appropriate clinical oversight with treatment fidelity documentation.
    • Able to participate in quarterly evaluation and accountability activities that demonstrate progress towards contracted results.
    • Able to enter into a contract with Thurston County government. Contracts will commence July 1, 2016 and conclude June 30, 2017.

    For more information please contact:

    Barbara Burgener | Program Manager - Treatment Sales Tax
    Thurston County | Commissioners' Office
    2000 Lakeridge Dr SW | Olympia, WA 98502
    PH 360.867-2092 | burgenb@co.thurston.wa.us



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3