Mental Health Field Response Teams Grant Application NOW CLOSED

On the first page of the Grant Application, under the heading of GRANT APPLICATION AND AWARD TIMELINE, we had a placeholder for the date of the Presentations to the Peer Review Panel by applicants.  We are updating this information as follows. 

The date for Presentations to the Peer Review Panel will be on Monday, August 13th, 2018.  As a reminder, Applicants will be provided up to 15 minutes to present their grant application to the Peer Review Panel on this date only. 

You must schedule your appointment with Ned Newlin at [email protected] by August 8th, 2018 at 4 PM.   Appointments will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Presentations may either be in-person or through a Go-To-Meeting webinar, whichever is preferred by the presenting agency. Whether a presentation is given in-person or via webinar has no bearing on the merit of the agency's application and will not be used in deciding grant recipients.  If you select a Go-To-Meeting option, we will provide you with the necessary log-in information to join the meeting prior to August 13th.

The timeline for this grant application is as follows:


  • July 9th, 2018 Grant Application Period Opens
  • August 1st, 2018 Grant Inquiries Close at 4:00 PM
  • August 8th, 2018 Grant Application Period Closes at 4:00 PM

Here is the link to the grant application:  Grant Application Form

All applications must be submitted through this on-line application.  The grant application can be saved as you are working on it by using the “Save and Resume Later” link at the bottom of each page, providing you with the ability to come back to it and complete at a later time. 

Please do not use the "Submit" button at the end of the application unless you are fully ready to submit your completed application.

This announcement and all additional program information can also be found on the WASPC Mental Health Field Response Teams Program page.  

Inquiries:  No inquiries will be accepted after August 1, 2018 at 4:00 PM.

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 Ned Newlin.  He can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at (360) 516-3132.