Thurston County commissioners give treatment to sales tax funds

By The Staff of The Chronicle

The Thurston County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously this week to approve $1.2 million in sales tax processing funds over 19 months beginning June 1 for six local service agencies .

According to a Thurston County press release, these awards will benefit Thurston County residents with mental health or addiction issues.

To be eligible for sales tax funds for treatment, organizations must use evidence-based or promising practices that demonstrate consistent and effective help for people with addictions or mental health issues to achieve their goals, the statement said.

Funded programs include:

• HeartStrides Equine Assisted Youth Peer Support — $106,240: Funding will expand a program that provides equine-assisted activities and therapy, recovery support, riding lessons and peer support for troubled youth mental health and/or addiction.

• Providence Southwest WA Mobile Health Clinic – $406,727: Funding will support a mobile health clinic van that will travel to various rotating locations in Thurston County to provide outreach services to homeless people and engage them in coordinated care for mental health disorders, substance abuse disorders and co-occurring physical health conditions.

• Peer Olympia — $120,742: Funding will support peer coaching for adults in recovery from behavioral health issues with a focus on homeless people and veterans; the funds will also help improve peer training. Virtual and in-person services will be available.

• South Sound Family Support Center Housing Assistance for Families in Treatment Court — $298,394: Funding will provide intensive case management and housing search support paired with rental assistance to families with children enrolled in one of Thurston County’s treatment courts.

• Expansion of the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council Preparation for Reentry Program (PREP) – $205,000: Expands current PREP services for incarcerated adults at Thurston County Jail to serve more legally implicated individuals with reentry needs. behavioral health and providing peer mentoring and navigation services.

• Family Education and Support Services – Parents for Parents Case Management and Peer Support — $120,000: Funding will support brief peer case management and weekly support groups for parents in recovery and/or parents with behavioral health needs to help them achieve mental and family well-being .

For more information on processing sales tax, visit: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/Pages/tst.aspx.

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