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    (505) 468-1555 

    BHInitiative@bernco.gov

     

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    About Us

    LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) is a public safety program in which police officers exercise discretionary authority to divert individuals suspected of low level, non-violent crime driven by unmet behavioral health needs to community based health services instead of arrest, jail and prosecution.

     

    Goals

    •Reduce the harm a low level drug or other offender causes him or herself, as well as the harm that that individual causes the community

    •Reduce drug and alcohol abuse/use

    •Treat untreated or undertreated mental and physical health challenges

    •Reduce jail and emergency room recidivism rates for program participants, allowing the criminal justice system to focus on more serious offenders

    •Improve the wellbeing of program participants

     

    Background

    •Interest regarding LEAD has been around for at least 3 years and has been championed by Commissioner Hart-Stebbins, Gabe Nims, the CJCC and others

    •The McCune Foundation even funded community and business leader meetings in the Downtown area to assess interest in and support for LEAD

    •Failed SAMHSA Grant (March, 2018)

    •Successful Innovation Fund Grant (MacArthur Foundation and Urban Institute, October, 2018)

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