Mental Health Field Response Teams Program

In the 2017-2018 Legislative Session, the Legislature created the Mental Health Field Response Teams Program and appropriated $1 million for grants and operation of the program in the 2018 Supplemental Operating Budget for the fiscal year (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019).  WASPC was tasked with developing and operating the grant program.  

The purpose of the program is to assist local law enforcement agencies to establish and expand mental health field response capabilities, utilizing mental health professionals to professionally, humanely, and safely respond to crises involving persons with behavioral health issues with treatment, diversion, and reduced incarceration time as primary goals.  

Grants will be awarded by WASPC to local law enforcement agencies based on locally developed proposals to incorporate mental health professionals into the agencies' mental health field response planning and response.  Two or more agencies may submit a joint grant proposal to develop their mental health field response proposals.  Proposals must provide a plan for improving mental health field response and diversion from incarceration through modifying or expanding law enforcement practices in partnership with mental health professionals.

WASPC would like to fund at least eight grants during this grant cycle and will be seeking grant applications from both Eastern and Western Washington State. WASPC will likely prioritize grant applications that include local matching funds.  Grant recipients will be selected and receiving funds no later than October 1, 2018.

For more information on the legislation that established this grant program, see HB 2892.SL.

NEW!  Here is the link to the PowerPoint Presentation from the WASPC 2018 Spring Conference regarding the grant program.  

WASPC expects to have the grant application process open sometime in the month of June.  At the time of the grant application process opening, WASPC will send a GET THE WORD OUT message to our members and also post the grant application announcement and a link to the on-line application on this website.

WASPC's grant administrator for this program is Ned Newlin.  He can be reached via email at or by phone at (360) 516-3132.