Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program

LEAD 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. This partnership will be a requirement of all LEAD grants. 

Effective FY 2017-18, the Office of Behavioral Health will receive $2,300,000 annually for three years to contract for up to four pilot programs. These programs will be evaluated for effectiveness in order to request additional funding thereafter. 

The following communities will receive up to $575,000 per year, funded through the Long Bill from the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund, to operate LEAD as a pilot program for a three-year term:

  • City of Alamosa
  • Denver County
  • City of Longmont
  • Pueblo County

Programs will be implemented in the above community upon contract execution in April 2018.


LEAD Program Description
Issued December 2018

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For more information about the Office of Behavioral Health LEAD program contact:

  Emily Richardson, Manager of Co-Responder Services 
    Office of Behavioral Health | 303.866.7709

For media inquiries about the Office of Behavioral Health LEAD program, contact:

   Elizabeth Owens, Director of Communications
    Office of Behavioral Health | 303.866.7505