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”), was 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 that $1.1 million in Arrest and Jail Alternatives Grants was awarded to local law enforcement agencies in April 2020. Click here for additional information.

An additional Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Arrest and Jail Alternatives Grant Program is open effective May 1, 2020. Please click here to review the RFP and schedule of activities. Click here to view WASPC's response to summited applicant inquiries. Applications are due to WASPC by June 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM PST. The period of performance for this solicitation is August 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. All questions and inquiries regarding this RFP should be directed to Steven Briggs at [email protected] or (360) 486-2389.

Updated 6/1/2020: In an effort to assist agencies in submitting strong applications, LEAD NSB has agreed to provide limited technical assistance to those agencies applying for these funds. LEAD NSB can provide the following assistance:
  • phone/zoom consultation on LEAD program design, staffing, operations, metrics, best practices
  • phone/zoom consultation on LEAD compatibility with other police-led diversion programs (CIT, co-response)
  • policy documents relevant to LEAD programs

If your agency is interested in technical assistance, please contact Steven Briggs, [email protected], at the WASPC Office. Steven will provide your information to our partners at LEAD NSB. The offer for technical assistance does not include drafting or proofing proposals.

Please note: 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.

For additional information, please contact:
Steven Briggs, NCA | Programs Coordinator

WA Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs 
[email protected] or 360.486.2389