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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Barbara Burgener, TST Program Manager, 360-867-2092

Grants Available for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Programs
Proposals are due by March 11

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

In 2008, the Thurston County Board of Commissioners passed a 1/10 of one percent sales tax ordinance to increase funds for mental health and chemical dependency services and therapeutic courts. By enacting a "Treatment Sales Tax" the County has been able to support diversion and intervention services to contain the growth of the jail population and maintain, create or enhance services for those who are mentally ill, chemically dependent or both. For services offered in 2010 thru 2013 the county was able to realize a $41.2 million return on investment.

On January 7, 2015, Commissioners approved release of $100,000 for community grants.

Thurston County Commission Chair Cathy Wolfe says there are wide benefits from the grant program. "These Treatment Sales Tax grants are valuable because the programs funded demonstrate their successes in bringing services to those who need it the most. And that is good for the individuals who receive services and for the whole community."


Support services or programs that:

  • Meet the intent of RCW 82.14.460.
  • Provide services that are evidence-based or promising practices.
  • Are able to participate in evaluation and accountability activities that demonstrate progress towards desired results.
  • Align with the Thurston Thrives and the Law & Justice Strategy Maps
  • Show measurable results by April 30, 2016.
  • 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 that focus on intervention of substance abuse and mental health issues. Of particular interest are programs that directly serve Thurston County Thurston Thrives.

The RFP is posted at-http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/treatment-tax/index.htm

Proposals are due by Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

Contact information :

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



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3