Treatment Sales Tax – a one-tenth of 1% additional retail sales tax authorized by Thurston County voters for mental health-related programs – is being distributed to five local non-profit social service agencies by action of county commissioners.
- Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties will receive the largest share ($60,500) to fund a children’s therapy program for victims of child sexual abuse and their affected, non-offending family members.
- The Girls’ Council of YWCA Olympia is designated for the same $60,500 amount to offer treatment and diversion from court and detention for young women 12-17 years of age.
- Community Youth Services through it programs in mental health/substance abuse treatment of homeless youth garnered a $50,000 allocation.
- A program to provide parenting skills learning for incarcerated mothers and fathers with mental health and/or substance abuse needs will bring $41,000 to Family Education and Support Services, through its Parenting Inside-Out schedule.
- And Heart Strides, which offers equine-assisted youth peer support activities for youth ages 12-17 who are involved in Thurston County Juvenile Court has a $34,000 grant from the current year’s cycle.
Administrators of the Treatment Sales Tax program report that its funded programs save the community approximately $4 for every $1 spent on enhanced chemical dependency and mental health treatment services, and for therapeutic counts. Thurston County has collected this tax since 2009.