Law enforcement-assisted diversion (LEAD) programs recognize that many people are arrested due to underlying behavioral health needs. Such programs allow officers to divert people into community-based interventions, including care management, housing, and drug treatment programs, in which prosecutors and police officers work closely with case managers to coordinate a service plan to achieve behavioral change.Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, “What is LEAD?,”
As of February 2017, LEAD had been introduced in Seattle, Washington; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Huntington, West Virginia; Albany, New York; Fayetteville, North Carolina; Baltimore, Maryland; and Portland, Oregon. Additional cities planning to launch LEAD in 2017 included Madison, Wisconsin; San Francisco, California; and Stockton, California.Addiction Policy Forum, Innovation Spotlight: Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) (Washington, DC: Addiction Policy Forum, 2017). Atlanta and New Orleans planned to launch diversion programs that incorporate LEAD principles.Addiction Policy Forum, Innovation Spotlight: Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) (Washington, DC: Addiction Policy Forum, 2017).