Arrest and Jail Alternatives Law Enforcement Grant Program

House Bill 1767 to develop the Arrest and Jail Alternatives Law Enforcement Grant Program went into effect on July 28, 2019. WASPC,  in consultation with the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) National Support Bureau  (“NSB”), were tasked with the development and implementation of a grant program aimed at supporting local initiatives to properly identify criminal justice system-involved persons with substance use disorders and other behavioral health needs and engage those persons with therapeutic interventions and other services, the efficacy of which have been demonstrated by experience, peer-reviewed research, or which are credible promising practices, prior to or at the time of jail booking, or while in custody.

The anticipated outcomes that applicants will need to address are as follows:

  1. To reduce arrests, time spent in custody, and/or recidivism for clients served by the program
  2. To increase access to and utilization of non-emergency community behavioral health services
  3. To reduce utilization of emergency services
  4. To increase resilience, stability, and well-being for clients served; and
  5. To reduce costs for the justice system compared to processing cases as usual through the justice system

WASPC will be seeking grant applications beginning mid-October 2019. It is anticipated that grant recipients will be selected and awards in place by January 1, 2020.

Grants awarded under this program are separate and distinct from grants awarded pursuant to RCW 36.28A.440 and HB 5380. Grant funds may not be used to fulfill minimum medical and treatment services that jails or community mental health agencies are legally required to provide.

For more information, please contact:

Kim Goodman
Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs
3060 Willamette Drive NE, Suite 200
Lacey, WA 98516
360-486-2385
[email protected]