OLYMPIA –Yesterday, the Commissioners approved $500,000 in Treatment Sales Tax (TST) funds over a two year period beginning July 1, 2019 for three community organizations to provide services in Thurston County. These awards will benefit Thurston County residents with mental health or substance use issues.
"These Treatment Sales Tax funds will sustain and expand critical services for individuals in our community with mental health and substance use needs," said John Hutchings, Commission Chair. "We are excited we have the opportunity to make investments to address the homeless and opioid crises in our community, as well as provide support to families and veterans, through these grants."
To qualify for TST funds, organizations must use evidence-based or promising practices that demonstrate consistent and effective help for people with substance abuse or mental health challenges achieve their goals.
Programs funded include:
Catholic Community Services- Drexel House II- Case Management for Veterans in Permanent Supportive Housing ($174,000 over two years): Provide case management services to veterans with behavioral health needs residing at Drexel House II, a permanent supportive housing program.
Capital Recovery Center/ Capital Clubhouse- Bupe Clinic Corrections Outreach Project ($158,000 over two years): Create a Corrections Outreach Project to connect incarcerated and justice-involved individuals with Opioid Use Disorder to treatment and other services.
Family Support Center of the South Sound- Supporting Family Stability at Pear Blossom Place ($168,000 over two years): Provide case management and support to homeless families with behavioral health needs at Pear Blossom Place.
What is the Treatment Sales Tax?
Washington State law allows counties to collect a 1/10 of 1% sales tax to fund enhanced and expanded substance use and mental health treatment services, as well as treatment courts. Thurston County has collected this tax since 2009.
The Treatment Sales Tax (TST) is an important local funding stream that works alongside federal and state funding, such as Medicaid, to meet mental health and substance use needs in Thurston County. By expanding access to behavioral health treatment, TST-funded programs also reduce costs related to justice involvement, emergency room use, health care, and public assistance.
For more information about the Treatment Sales Tax, visit: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/Pages/tst.aspx.
You can also contact:
Carrie Hennen, Program Manager – Treatment Sales Tax
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services
412 Lilly Rd NE
Olympia WA 98506