Mental Health Field Response Teams Grant Program

For convenience, please find links to the electronic copies of the Expenditure Reconciliation and the Monthly Grant Reporting forms for grant awardees that have completed a fully-executed contract with WASPC for their grant program. Both forms are due on the 10th of each month after the end of the previous calendar month activities.  (e.g. – For activities from October 1-31st, both reports are due no later than November 10th.)  All reports should be scanned and sent in PDF format to John McGrath at [email protected].


Congratulations go out to the following member law enforcement agencies, whose grant applications were approved by the WASPC Peer Review Panel for grant funding through June 30, 2019.

  • Olympia Police Department
  • Kirkland, Shoreline, Bothell, Lake Forest Park and Kenmore Police Departments -- Joint Proposal
  • Renton Police Department
  • Kitsap County Sheriff's Office
  • Spokane County Sheriff's Office
  • Port Angeles Police Department
  • Wenatchee & East Wenatchee Police Departments and Chelan & Douglas County Sheriff's Offices -- Joint Proposal
  • Redmond Police Department

The deadline for grant applications has past. For reference, here is the link to the grant application:  Grant Application Form

The deadline for Grant Inquiries has past. Here is the FINAL Grant Inquiries Document:  Grant Inquiries Document

Additional information regarding the WASPC data collection tool can be found by clicking here.  


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.

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

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 John McGrath.  He can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at (509) 209-1145..