Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion

The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program is a community-based police diversion approach to addressing those involved in the criminal justice system because of addiction, mental illness, and poverty. In LEAD, police officers exercise discretionary authority at point of contact to divert individuals to a community-based, harm reduction intervention for law violations driven by unmet behavioral health needs. In lieu of the normal criminal justice system cycle — booking, detention, prosecution, conviction, incarceration — individuals are instead referred into a trauma-informed intensive case-management program where the individual receives a wide range of support services, often including transitional and permanent housing and/or drug treatment.

A grant from the Department of Behavioral Health provided funding for the hire of a Project Manager and case managers to begin the implementation of the LEAD program, which gives officers the discretion of diverting individuals to a network of services to treat many of the root causes of crime, such as drug dependency, mental illness, or homelessness. Introduced in Seattle in 2011, LEAD reduces recidivism while advancing public safety and public health.

In conjunction with this grant, the Alamosa Police Department also introduced new training for its officers on cutting-edge approaches to policing in the areas of Mental Health First Aide, implicit bias, procedural justice, and harm reduction.
LEAD was developed from a growing consensus that the war on drugs has failed and that it has disproportionately and unjustly hurt communities of color. In Seattle, individuals diverted into LEAD were up to 60% less likely to be re-arrested.
Background on LEAD:

In April 2018, in an attempt to move away from the War on Drugs paradigm and to reduce gross racial disparities in police enforcement, LEAD® — a new harm-reduction oriented process for responding to low-level drug, alcohol and mental illness based offenses– was adopted and launched in four counties throughout Colorado. These were Longmont, Denver, Pueblo and Alamosa.
An MOU was signed by community stakeholders ensuring collaboration between police, the district attorney, civil rights advocates, public defenders, political leaders, community and city leaders, mental health and drug treatment providers, housing providers, and business and neighborhood leaders. All involved agreed to work together to find new ways to solve problems for individuals who frequently cycle in and out of the criminal justice system.

• Improve public safety and public order.
• Reduce criminal behavior of participants.
• Build trust between participants, police, case managers, and the community.
• Reduce the harm the individual is causing him or herself and the surrounding community.

For more information call the Program Manager Carey Deacon at 719-589-5255

Currently we are looking for a LEAD Case Manager – job description below:

JOB TITLE: LEAD Wraparound Case Manager (LWCM)

REPORTS TO: LEAD Program Manager

STATUS: Non-Exempt DATE: January 2018
Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD®) is a community-based diversion approach with the goals of improving public safety and public order, and reducing the criminal behavior of people who participate in the program. The LEAD program and Hi-Fidelity Wraparound have guiding principles that provide the case manager with the essential framework to support participants in the program. The LWCM works closely with the community partners and Interagency Staffing Teams to establish an individualized client driven service plans that reflect those principles.

• The LEAD Wraparound Case Manager (LWCM) is responsible for managing and coordinating the intensive case management wraparound services under the direction of the LEAD Program Manager.
• The LWCM works closely with the community partners and the Interagency Staffing Services Team (ISST) to establish an individualized service plan for wraparound and other LEAD services being provided.
• Ability to follow and implement services within the Wraparound Hi-Fidelity and LEAD Models.
• Work closely with interagency collaborative teams and individuals/families to facilitate service plans, crisis intervention, coordination and involvement of other activities designed to provide the client with a holistic approach to wellness and stability.
• Ability to provide outreach that is engaging and works closely with peers and natural support systems when possible.
• The LWCM is the primary individual that facilitates community Wrap meetings, involving teams of community resources such as social workers, probation officers, education providers, medical providers, mental health / substance abuse professionals, family/extended families etc.
• Willingness and ability to incorporate feedback from community partners, project manager, and Wraparound Coach.
• Collect, store and retrieve data on services necessary for reports and reimbursement.
• Develop and monitor plans, costs, and all services provided for LEAD clients.

The LCM is to be viewed as a problem solver, not a barrier or obstacle, effectively listening to individual and community concerns or ideas and passing them along to Program Manager, ISST team or Key Stakeholder Policy Committee (KSPC) and an Operational Workgroup (OW) to resolve concerns before they become large problems.

The LWCM is not a clinical position; duties include leadership, organizational skills, the ability to communicate effectively and must have a strong connection and understanding of community resources and the ability to link and coordinate services. The LWCM must be persistent, creative, compassionate, and flexible. Must have the ability to continue building a strong network of community partners to support client needs. The LWCM is expected to maintain the highest level of confidentiality at all times. Due to the sensitive nature of this position and the access to client information, strong personal boundaries are necessary with other employees and families to avoid dual relationships or relationship that may negatively affect the position. The full-time LWCM is expected to carry a caseload of approximately 20 individuals during the year.

Supervision Received: Receives supervision from the LEAD Program Manager and takes guidance and feedback from the Wraparound coach.

Experience: Minimum of 3 years experience providing case management, care coordination or related services with individuals/families with mental health/substance abuse issues, community agencies including DSS, law enforcement and judicial.

Licensure/Certificate/Registration: none

Training: Must be willing to complete required LEAD and Hi-Fidelity Wraparound Training.

Other Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
• Creative problem-solving.
• Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Excellent public relations and networking skills.
• Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
• Ability to work closely and cooperatively with external agency representatives.
• Ability to perform light physical work.
• Personal vehicle and willingness to travel.
• Basic Computer Skills.

Material and Equipment Directly Used: (including, but not limited to) Computer programs – Windows products, electronic data systems required by funder, computer equipment, voice mail.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: General office environment and outreach activities may take place in other agencies, family homes and in the community. Travel and work throughout the San Luis Valley.

Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.