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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Carrie Hennen, Treatment Sales Tax Program Manager, (360)867-2092, or email at hennenc@co.thurston.wa.us

Grant Program Expands Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Services
County seeks proposals from qualified service providers

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners Treatment Sales Tax (TST) program is seeking proposals for funding for programs that benefit residents who are mentally ill, chemically dependent, or who have co-occurring disorders. A total of $250,000 is available. 

Applicants must submit their proposals by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The application is available at http://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/bocc/Pages/tst.aspx.

“Programs funded through the Treatment Sales Tax program offer valuable services throughout Thurston County by using approaches proven to provide long-term benefits to individuals and the broader community,” said Bud Blake, Commission Chair. “We are pleased to announce this funding opportunity to expand these critically important services in 2018.”

Guidelines for proposals:
  • Grant proposal amounts should be no less than $30,000 and no more than $100,000.
  • 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 as 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 Thurston Thrives strategy map goal areas (see details at http://thurstonthrives.org/action-teams/ ) and the following TST Policy Goals:
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Preference will be given to programs serving youth and young adults (up to age 25) and Veterans.

Eligible proposals must meet the Treatment Sales Tax Guidelines: 
  • Meet the requirements of RCW 82.14.460.
  • Provide services that are evidence-based or promising practices. 
  • If providing treatment services, ensure appropriate clinical oversight with best practice 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, 2018 and end June 30, 2019.
For more information please contact Carrie Hennen at (360) 867-2092, by email at hennenc@co.thurston.wa.us, or by mail at:
Carrie Hennen, Program Manager – Treatment Sales Tax
Thurston County Commissioners’ Office
2000 Lakeridge Dr SW
Olympia, WA  98502


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3