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    (505) 468-1555 or email BHInitiative@bernco.gov

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    (505) 508-8045 or email evgonzales@bernco.gov

     

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LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) is a pre-booking diversion program that aims to improve public health and to end the cycle of recidivism. Instead of being charged and booked following an arrest, the arresting officer identifies the arrestee as a potential participant for the diversion program and subsequently connects them with a case manager. This case manager then provides a holistic approach to connecting the individual with resources such as housing and substance use treatment services or enrolling the participant in vocational training courses. The main principle of LEAD is collaborative partnerships between local law enforcement, district attorney’s offices, sheriffs, treatment providers, and other community stakeholders.

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, 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

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

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  • Due to the recent Coronavirus, this conference has been canceled. We will be in contact to issue a reimbursement for paid tickets. If you have any questions, please contact Evan Gonzales at evgonzales@bernco.gov or (505) 468-1590.
    Location:
    Albuquerque Convention Center
    Time:
    5/18/2020 8:00 AM - 5/20/2020 1:00 PM

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  • Time:
    12/25/2020 12:00 AM

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    12/24/2020 12:00 AM

  • Free for adults 50+ every third Wednesday of the month! Book club participants collectively select the reading list, and all books and audios are on loan to participants. Call (505) 281-8003 or (505) 288-2507 for more information. Whispering Pines has a Lending Library. Seniors interested in borrowing a large print fiction book from the library can check one out for free. New titles are available every 2-3 months. Call (505) 281-8003 or (505) 288-2507 for more information.
    Location:
    Whispering Pines Senior Center, 6 Lark Rd., Tijeras
    Time:
    12/16/2020 12:30 PM - 12/16/2020 1:30 PM

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