Mental Health Field Response Teams Program


WASPC has received additional funds from the Health Care Authority to expand our current Mental Health Field Response Teams in regions not included in the Trueblood Phase I settlement agreement (Spokane Region, Southwest Region and Pierce Region) through June 30, 2021.  Law Enforcement agencies in the State of Washington who are interested in beginning or expanding a Mental Health Field Response Team are encouraged to review the form and to apply.  Applications will be accepted beginning October 28, 2020 through November 18, 2020 at 4pm.

The Mental Health Field Response Teams Program 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 Washington State Legislature has previously funded $2 million for grants and operation of the Mental Health Field Response Teams Program.

The following are the 2020 and 2021 Grant recipients (multi-agency grants are administered by the first agency listed) previously funded by the Legislature:

For information contact:

John McGrath
Jail Services Liaison
(360) 486-2401
[email protected]