Urgent - Seeking Diversion Providers

RFP Documents

To request alternative formats of these documents, please contact Dr. Danna Mauch, Ph.D., Trueblood Court Monitor, dannamauch@mamh.org.


The State of Washington has been found in contempt of court in A.B. by and through Trueblood et. al. v Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). The U.S. District Court held the state in contempt for failing to reduce wait times for class members waiting in jail for admission to the state hospitals for competency services. The State is paying daily fines to the Court. So far, the state has been fined over $5 million. The Court has also ordered that the fines be spent on diverting class members out of jails. The parties are working together to develop such a diversion plan and are looking for interested diversion applicants. 

Do you know of an experienced service provider committed to diverting people with mental illness and other disabilities from the criminal justice system and supporting them in the community? The U.S. District Court is seeking existing, experienced and appropriately credentialed providers who can provide:

  1. Pre-screening or same day evaluations to direct people with mental illness, traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities to less restrictive settings instead of facing jail time.
  2. Re-entry services that are robust and include intensive supports to help stabilize people with disabilities upon discharge from jail.

Share this 2017 Trueblood Jail Diversion Request for Proposals & Application Requirements [PDF] with existing, experienced and credentialed providers immediately. The deadline for applying to be a provider is January 4, 2017.

Timeline - Trueblood Request for Proposals (RFP) Key Dates

  • RFP Release: December 5, 2016
  • Applicant Conference via Teleconference: December 12, 2016
  • Questions Accepted: December 12 - December 16, 2016
  • Responses Posted: December 21, 2016
  • Letter of Intent Due: December 21, 2016
  • RFP Response Deadline: January 4, 2017 at 5:00p.m. (must be emailed or postmarked)
  • Oral Presentations for Select Applicants: January 16 - January 20, 2017
  • Review Committee Selections: January 23, 2017
  • Submission to the Court January 31, 2017
  • Award Notice by Court: February 14, 2017
  • Project Start Date: No later than July 1, 2017


Each year, thousands of individuals are sitting for weeks and even months for competency services in jails across the state. None of these people have actually been convicted of any crime, but they are held in jails ill-equipped to meet their mental health needs even though a court has ordered that they be admitted to the state hospitals for the receipt of competency services due to concerns with their ability to stand trial.

In an effort to remedy this problem, in August 2014, DRW filed a case called A.B. by and through Trueblood et. al. v Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Class members are all pretrial detainees waiting in jail for court-ordered competency services that Defendants are statutorily required to provide.

The Trueblood Court has ordered the State of Washington to take immediate steps to reduce the length of time class members are waiting in jail so that no one is waiting more than seven days for admission to a hospital for competency services or fourteen days for a fully completed jail-based competency evaluation. DSHS has been unable to comply with reducing wait times for admission services to seven days or less. The Trueblood Court found DSHS in contempt and daily sanctions are being levied until DSHS is in compliance with court orders. Under the direction of the Court and its Monitor, the parties are working collaboratively to develop both a diversion plan and this RFP to identify third parties who will use the contempt funds to divert class members out of the criminal justice system and into systems and programs better designed to treat class members’ needs.

Trueblood and Diversion Services Request for Proposals (RFP)

The U.S. District Court has ordered the state to issue a Trueblood and Diversion Services Request For Proposals (RFP)” [PDF], seeking service providers who will provide two types of services. Services will be guided by four goals:

  1. Prevent deeper class member involvement in and recidivism in the criminal justice system;
  2. Reduce demand for competency services;
  3. Minimize the harm inflicted on class members by reducing criminal justice involvement and long term incarceration rates; and,
  4. Serve class members in the least restrictive environment.

The Trueblood Court has determined that the focus of this RFP shall be on two key service interventions that are priorities for addressing needs of Trueblood class members. These priorities are:

  • Option I: Pre-screening or Same Day Evaluations: Pre-screening activities need to be linked to County Behavioral Health Organization (BHO) services, jail mental health services, and DSHS triage services. If properly targeted, these will not only minimize harm associated with incarceration and direct class members to less restrictive services, but will also reduce demand for competency services and disrupt the cycle of competency recidivism.
  • Option II: Re-entry Planning: Providing more intensive support and treatment services to class members upon release from jail is a common sense response to identified needs, which is not standard practice at present. This intervention has potential to not only meet class members’ needs but also to interrupt the cycle of return to the attention of the police and the courts for those individuals who cannot manage without treatment and support. Class members will need both support services and direct services (e.g. housing, substance use treatment, etc.). However, given the scope of this grant, this option will be limited to support services.

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