Three community organizations that work to solve mental health and substance abuse problems were recently approved for $500,000 in treatment sales tax funds from the county, according to a May 22 press release.

Thurston County commissioners approved the funds over a two-year period beginning July 1. Catholic Community Services will receive $174,000 for case management services to veterans with behavioral health needs; Capital Recovery Center and Capital Clubhouse will receive $158,000 to create an outreach program for incarcerated individuals to receive opioid use disorder treatment; and Family Support Center of the South Sound will receive $168,000 for case management and support for homeless families with behavioral needs.

“We are excited we have the opportunity to make investments to address the homeless and opioid crisis in our community, as well as provide support to families and veterans, through these grants,” said Commissioner Chair John Hutchings.

To qualify for treatment sales tax funds, organizations must demonstrate evidence-based or promising practices that effectively help people with substance abuse or mental health challenges. The treatment sales tax is a local funding stream that works alongside federal and state funding to help fund county mental health and substance abuse initiatives.

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