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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Barbara Burgener, TST Program Manager, 360-867-2092

Grants Available for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Programs
Application deadline March 7

Olympia- Thurston County residents, impacted by substance abuse and mental health issues, will benefit from special grant funding under the county's Treatment Sales Tax (TST) community grants program.

In 2008, Thurston County Commissioners passed a 1/10 of one percent sales tax ordinance to increase funds available for mental health and chemical dependency services and therapeutic courts. By enacting a "Treatment Sales Tax" the county has increased funding for diversion and intervention services helping contain the growth of the jail population and provide services for individuals who are mentally ill, chemically dependent or who have co-occurring disorders. For services offered in 2010 thru 2012 the county was able to realize a $30.4 million return on investment.

Thurston County Commission Chair Karen Valenzuela says there is demonstrated value in the TST program. "These grants help local organizations reach out to those most impacted by mental health and substance issues. There are also cost savings because of less jail time, less emergency medical visits and other beneficial impacts."

On January 8, 2014, Commissioners approved release of $100,000 for community grants. Using the Treatment Sales Tax Guidelines, it is believed that local services and programs can be maintained, created or enhanced with this one-time grant opportunity.


The funding can be used to support services or programs that:

  • Provide services that are evidence-based or promising practices.
  • Are able to participate in evaluation and accountability activities that demonstrate progress towards desired results.
  • Can show measurable results by April 15, 2015.
  • Meet the intent of RCW 82.14.460.
  • Have an organizational history of effective provision of direct services.
  • Are able to enter into a contract with Thurston County government.

Under the Request for Proposals (RFP), Commissioners will consider any project that qualifies for TST funding and eligibility. There is a preference for services or programs that focus on intervention of substance abuse (alcohol or drugs) and mental health issues, especially programs that directly serve Thurston County youth (birth through 19 years old).The RFP is posted at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/treatment-tax/index.htm

Proposals are due by Friday, March 7, 2014.

Barbara Burgener | TST Program Manager
Thurston County | Commissioners' Office
2000 Lakeridge Dr SW | Olympia, WA 98502
PH 360-867-2092 | FX 360-786-5140



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3