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Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Treatment

Untreated mental illness or substance use disorders and their related problems have clear and negative impacts on businesses and urban residential living. Mental illness and substance use disorders often result in increased poverty, homelessness, and the breakdown of families.


We all share in the ultimate costs for dealing with the issues of substance use disorders and mental health. For example, an individual without substance abuse treatment can cost a community approximately $22,000 in emergency room visits, criminal justice services, and child welfare every year. By ensuring adequate treatment, we can reduce that cost to an estimated $2,430.


The City of Tacoma has joined jurisdictions all over the state to implement a 0.1% increase in the sales tax (This is only 1/10th of one percent or one penny for every $10.00 purchase.) The money under this section must be used solely for the purpose of providing for substance use disorder or mental health treatment programs and services that may include therapeutic court programs, case management, and housing.


Having an engaged, vibrant, and productive citizenry is at the heart of a thriving community and economic development.

MHSUD Collaboration

The City of Tacoma facilitates the Collaboration of community partners invested in serving individuals who struggle with mental illness and/or substance use disorders.  Bringing together community partners ensures systems work together to meet comprehensive and complicated needs.


Subscribe to the MHSUD Collaboration newsletter to receive notices of meeting(s), agendas and partner notices.


Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide Prevention Life Line

WA State Suicide Prevention

Suicide Depression Student Guidebook

Additional Resources

MHCD Environmental Scan Results
City of Tacoma MHCD Assessment (Full)
City of Tacoma MHCD Assessment (Executive Summary)
Tacoma Pierce County Health Department Community Assessment 


DSHS Research and Data Analysis Report 11.140, 2006

Medical Costs Decline for GA-U Report 4.74, 2009

Economic Benefits of Drug Treatment: Scailfe Family Foundation through National Rural Foundation on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 2005






Contact Information

747 Market Street
Room 836
Tacoma, WA 98402

Vicky McLaurin

Program Manager

 (253) 591-5058


Renee Johnson

Management Analyst II

(253) 591-5155


Crisis Hotline Information