About a dozen mental health, treatment and counseling programs in Tacoma will split the revenue from a 0.1 percent sales tax increase that city officials approved last year.
The Tacoma City Council voted Tuesday to distribute about $1.7 million in mental health tax revenue to 11 programs that help young people, the mentally ill and those struggling with substance abuse.
The biggest recipient is the Metropolitan Development Council, which will receive $312,500 over the next 18 months for its Behavioral Health and Recovery program.
The rest of the funding will be distributed as follows:
• $241,375 for support services at Catholic Community Services of Western Washington.
• Separate allocations of $220,623 and $103,758 for two programs at Comprehensive Life Resources, a behavioral health care agency.
• $159,637 for the chemical dependency program at Consejo Counseling and Referral Services.
• $150,000 for a Community Counseling Institute program called “A New Road.”
• $155,300 for court-ordered counseling at the Pierce County Alliance.
• $89,850 for therapy for low-income families at HopeSparks.
• $88,390 for TeamChild’s project targeting mental health care access for juveniles.
• $81,600 for the community re-entry program for mental health patients at the Greater Lakes Mental Health Foundation.
• $75,000 for a program assisting infants suffering from drug withdrawal at Pediatric Interim Care Center Inc.
The mental health programs tax, which took effect in July 2012, amounts to one cent for every $10 purchase.
Earlier this year, the city’s Human Services Commission received 32 applications for the funding, which totaled more than $7 million in requests.
Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland said the number of applications shows how many mental health programs in the city could use more support.
“There is a definite need in our community for these kinds of services,” Strickland said. “This is very important funding.”
Dr. William James, executive director of the Community Counseling Institute, said that the $150,000 his organization is receiving will go toward helping young people with mental health and chemical dependency issues.
“This will allow them to become much more productive members of society,” James said.Melissa Santos: 360-357-0209