What is Behavioral Health?

Behavioral Health is a term meant to encompass both mental health and substance use disorders. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), behavioral health refers to mental/emotional well-being and/or actions that affect wellness. Behavioral health problems include substance use disorders; alcohol and drug addiction; and serious psychological distress, suicide, and mental disorders. This definition acknowledges that a person can be dealing with one or both mental illness and substance use disorders congruently.

Please visit the Mental Health and Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Pages to learn more about Mason County efforts to help those dealing with behavioral health issues. In addition, visit the Treatment Resources pages to access a list of resource inside and outside of Mason County for those experiencing mental illness and substance use disorder.

Treatment Sales Tax

Mental health and substance use (behavioral health) prevention and treatment programs in Mason County are funded in part by the Treatment Sales Tax (TST) funds. The purpose of the tax is to provide the operation or delivery of chemical dependency or mental health treatment programs and services. In July of 2018, a total of $250,000 will be distributed in Mason County to conduct this work.