Mental Health Field Response Teams Program

The Mental Health Field Response Grant Program (RCW 36.28A.440) provides grants to local police and sheriff’s departments to improve the interactions between the public and law enforcement. Mental health professionals assist patrol officers in the field or in an on-call capacity, they also provide training on best practices.

These innovative partnerships reduce the possibility of using force and improve public safety overall. Instead of booking someone into jail, they may be connected with services or diverted to a more appropriate facility for care.  The program is one of the ways your local law enforcement is working to find solutions for communities.

The following are the 2021 and 2022 Grant recipients (multi-agency grants are administered by the agency listed):

  • Des Moines Police Department
  • Hoquiam Police Department
  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kirkland Police Department
  • Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office
  • Longview Police Department
  • Marysville Police Department
  • Pierce County Sheriff’s Office
  • Port Angeles Police Department
  • Poulsbo Police Department
  • Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
  • Skagit County Sheriff’s Office
  • Vancouver Police Department
  • Wenatchee Police Department

Mental Health Field Response Grant Program - Invitation to Submit Proposals FY'23

2022-2023 Mental Health Field Response Grant Program


May 26, 2022 @ 4:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023

Steven Briggs, Program Coordinator


Grants will be awarded to Washington State local law enforcement agencies based on locally developed joint proposals from two or more law enforcement agencies working together, that incorporate mental health professionals into their mental health field response planning and response.

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.
Grant recipients must include at least one mental health professional, as defined in RCW 71.05.020(38), who will perform field response professional services under the plan. A mental health professional may assist patrolling law enforcement officers either in the field or in an on-call capacity. The mental health professional may also provide preventive, follow-up, training on mental health field response best practices, or other services at the direction of the local law enforcement agency. Nothing limits the mental health professional's participation to field patrol.
Grant recipients are encouraged to coordinate with their local public safety answering point to maximize the goals of the program.
Grant recipients shall develop and provide or arrange for training necessary for mental health professionals to operate successfully and competently in partnership with law enforcement agencies. The training must provide the mental health professionals with a working knowledge of law enforcement procedures and tools sufficient to provide for the safety of the professionals, partnered law enforcement officers, and members of the public.
Grant recipients will be selected and receiving funds on or about July 1, 2022.

Unless otherwise noted, prospective Applicants may make e-mail inquiries concerning this GRANT APPLICATION to obtain clarification of requirements. No inquiries will be accepted after May 13, 2022 at 4 PM Pacific Daylight Time. Click here to view WASPC's response to written inquiries (added 05/17/22). 

Click here to view the MHFR Grant Agreement Draft and click here to view an Annotated version of the Julota SaaS agreement (added 05/17/2022). 

Click here to view the complete invitation to submit proposals (originally posted 05/05/22). 

For information contact:
Steven Briggs, NCA | Program Coordinator
WA Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs
[email protected] or 360.486.2389