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 is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Arrest and Jail Alternatives Program, effective December 19, 2019.

WASPC’s RFP is being intentionally released alongside a solicitation from the Healthcare Authority (HCA) under Senate Bill 5380, in hopes that communities may seek to leverage funding from both sources to create stronger programs and increase positive outcomes for their service populations. With this in mind, WASPC and HCA will be using the same application to award timeline. 

Please note: the dates below have been changed to reflect new dates that align with the grant solicitation released by HCA in accordance with HB 5380.

Event Date
RFP Solicitation Released December 19, 2019
Applicant Inquiries Due January 6, 2020 (3:00 PM PST)
Inquiry Written Answers Issued January 13, 2020 (on or before 3:00 PM PST)
Click here to view WASPC's written response to submitted inquiries.
Response Due Date January 23, 2020
January 30, 2020 (3:00 PM PST)
Evaluation Period January 29, 2020 - February 12, 2020
February 6-20, 2020
Interviews February 17-20, 2020
February 24-27, 2020
Announcement of Awardees February 21, 2020
March 5, 2020
Negotiate Contract  March 2-10, 2020
March 10-17, 2020
Contract Effective March 15, 2020
March 18, 2020

Grants awarded under this program are separate and distinct from grants awarded pursuant to RCW 36.28A.440 and SB 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.

All questions and inquiries regarding this RFP should be directed to Steven Briggs using the information below.

Steven Briggs, NCA | Program Coordinator 
Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs
Direct: 360-486-2389 | Email: [email protected]