The Whatcom GRACE (Ground-Level Response And Coordinated Engagement) program is a community-based effort to find solutions for individuals who are high utilizers of emergency and criminal justice systems. The aim is to offer intensive, coordinated services to these “familiar faces” whose needs span beyond any single agency.
People best served by the GRACE Program (Ground-level Response And Coordinated Engagement) are often living with complicated health care concerns, like behavioral health needs and unstable or no housing. As a result, they become the familiar faces to first responder systems, including the emergency department and criminal justice, due to their frequency of calls.
The GRACE Program provides intensive case management and coordination of services for people once they become a GRACE member. GRACE Intensive Case Managers work in a team, drawing from the services provided by community partners. They develop a Community Support Plan for each GRACE member to ensure members get coordinated services and ongoing support.
GRACE is a partnership funded by the City of Bellingham, PeaceHealth, and Whatcom County. The program is operated by SeaMar Community Health Center.
In addition, GRACE case managers often work with some of the following community partners