By Addiction Policy Forum
Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is a police-led diversion program designed to connect people with substance use disorders and/or mental health needs with social services rather than funnel them into the criminal justice system. LEAD allows law enforcement officers to redirect people suspected of low-level crimes, including drug-related offenses, to community based services that attempt to address the underlying factors that drive criminal justice contact. Once enrolled, participants work with a case manager to identify their individual needs and get connected to appropriate supports, including housing, food, and employment support.
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