Mental Health Field Response Teams Grant Program

In the 2019-2020 Legislative Session, the Legislature appropriated $2.0 million for grants and operation of the Mental Health Field Response Teams Program.

    • 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.

The 2019-2020 appropriations have been restricted as follows:

    • $1,500,000 per year (designated to only Trueblood, et. al. v. Department of Social 10 and Health Services identified Phase one regions. Phase One Regions include the Spokane Region, Pierce County Region, and Southwest Washington Region.)
    • $500,000 per year for Mental Health Field Response Grants (no Trueblood restrictions)

WASPC will be seeking grant applications from agencies from both Eastern and Western Washington State beginning June 28, 2019. WASPC will likely prioritize grant applications that include local matching funds. We expect grant recipients will be selected and receiving funds no later than August 15, 2019.

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.  

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 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.  

Click here to access the MHFRT application form.

WASPC's grant administrator for this program is John McGrath.  He can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at 360-486-2401.