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Trueblood Competitive Grant

Grants to Washington Public Entities, Nonprofits, Tribes, and
Businesses in the Spokane Region to Expand Behavioral Health Services

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Washington State Department of Commerce

Deadline Date:

12/31/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Spokane area, Washington public entities, nonprofit organizations, tribes, and businesses that provide behavioral health services to establish and expand their service capacity. Funding is intended for capital and construction costs, and must result in the availability of new beds for patients.

Trueblood is an active lawsuit that challenged unconstitutional delays in competency evaluation and restoration services. In April 2015, a federal court found that the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) was taking too long to provide competency evaluation and restoration services. Because of that case, the state entered into a Settlement Agreement and Implementation Plan that outlines an array of services to better deliver the right care, at the right time to the right people and to reduce the number of people who become or remain class members.

All grant funds are intended to fund bricks and mortar unless otherwise designated in the budget or supporting legislative materials.

Projects must result in the availability of 16 new beds in the Spokane region.

Commerce’s capital budget funds may be used to pay for real property and construction and equipment related to the expense listed below.

  • Acquisition of facility or land if it results in increased behavioral health services capacity (costs directly associated with such purchase);
  • Design, engineering, architectural, and planning;
  • Construction management and observation (from external sources only)
  • Construction costs

Projects must be developed in collaboration with one or more regional behavioral health entity that administer the purchasing of services.

Projects must address gaps in geographical behavioral health service needs in the region. Commerce prioritizes projects that increase capacity in unserved and underserved areas of the state focusing on geographic distribution and allocation of funding based on population and the area’s service needs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187342

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Estimated Size of Grant:

An applicant may apply for any amount of funds, including up to $1,960,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

Costs incurred as of May 21, 2019 may be reimbursedwith funds awarded in the 2019 -2021 biennium. Beds must be in operation by July 1, 2021. Applicants must maintain and operate the beds and facility for a time period commensurate to the state investment, but for at least a fifteen-year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This program is open to nonprofits, public entities, for-profit businesses, and tribes. You must be a registered business in the State of Washington and be able to meet all applicable licensing and certification requirements under specific RCWs or WACs pertaining to the behavioral health services you are offering.

Applicants must meet applicable licensing and certification requirements in the facility that will be used to provide services.

Applicants must serve persons who are publicly funded and persons detained under the involuntary treatment act under chapter 71.05 RCW.

All acquisition projects must provide a current (within the past nine months) appraisal or county assessment of the site to be purchased.

Ineligible Project Costs:
-Internal administrative costs, in-house labor, or activities;
-Feasibility studies (unless associated with project development such as required by local government transportation studies for new construction);
-Computers or office equipment (Furnishings and equipment are considered eligible costs as long as the average useful life of the item purchased is 13 years or more);
-Rolling stock (such as vehicles);
-Lease payments for rental of equipment or facilities;
-Maintenance costs associated with operations of the facility, operating costs associated with the treatment of patients using services of the facility, costs associated with moving of equipment, furniture, etc. within or between facilities.
-Legal fees.

Pre-Application Information:

Commerce’s competitive Trueblood grant opens on October 31, 2019 and closes no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 31, 2019.

Funds will be made available once a contract is executed. Funds are reimbursement based and cannot be advanced under any circumstances.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please email your application and required attachments to Tony Hanson,

Department of Commerce
Tony Hanson
P: 360.725.3005
C: 360.259.3835

Health Care Authority
Keith Lewis
P: 360.725.5270
C: 360.972.0610

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: Spokane Region

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