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 2022-2023 Grant recipients (multi-agency grants are administered by the agency listed):

  • Chelan County Sheriff's Office
  • Hoquiam Police Department
  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kirkland Police Department
  • Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office
  • Longview Police Department
  • Port Angeles Police Department
  • Poulsbo Police Department
  • Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

Please click here to review our most recent annual report for the 2021-2022 state fiscal year. 

Mental Health Field Response Grant Program - Funds Available for Trueblood Phase I and II Areas  

WASPC has funds remaining under this program for agencies located in Trueblood Phase I & II areas (Spokane, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Ferry, Lincoln, Adams, Klickitat, Skamania, Clark, Pierce, and King Counties).  

WASPC will consider requests for funding that include personnel, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, supplies, consultant/contracts, and other miscellaneous expenses. Please note that these funds can be used to start programs or to support existing programs. While agencies are encouraged to partner with other agencies or community-based organizations, it is not required.  

Agencies in the areas listed are encouraged to contact Steven Briggs with any questions or to discuss possible uses for these funds. 

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