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LEAD Program

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LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) is our community’s way of connecting people who are repeatedly arrested with a case manager who can help them. If you have been arrested because you have needs related to your mental health, use of substances, or poverty, LEAD might be a good fit for you.


There are lots of ways to get into the LEAD program. No matter who refers you to LEAD, you’ll need to complete an intake with a case manager to join LEAD.


Sometimes police officers will refer people to LEAD instead of arresting or charging them. If that’s how you found out about LEAD, you might be able to have those charges dropped. You will need to complete an intake with your case manager as soon as possible.

After your intake, what you work on is up to you and your case manager. LEAD case managers help you work toward your goals. They will ask you what services you want and help you get them. LEAD case managers often help people:

  • Apply for housing

  • Find jobs and training programs

  • Find a therapist or psychiatrist

  • Get treatment for substance use (including methadone and buprenorphine/Suboxone)

  • Find a doctor and make doctor’s appointments

  • Access community services

  • Get help with legal issues

  • Improve relationships with family and friends

Your LEAD case manager will be by your side each step of the way, helping you in the ways you want.

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To learn more about our LEAD program, watch our informational videos below!

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