LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion)

LEAD enhances safety, health, and equity by building a community-based alternative to jail and prosecution for people whose behavior stems from unmet needs related to substance use, mental health challenges, or extreme poverty.


LEAD is a systems change initiative that sits at the intersection of public safety, public health, and racial justice.

Guided by community stakeholders, LEAD provides a new pathway to long-term, community-based care for people who commit, or are at high risk of committing, law violations related to their behavioral health challenges and/or income instability.

  • Currently comprised of East and North Cohorts, total of 10 communities, working with 9 local municipal police departments
  • Have an active Policy Coordinating Group (PCG) that included local leaders (like the AC Exec, City of PGH Mayor, DA’s office, Public Defenders office, courts, probation/parole, AC jail, DHS, HD, local municipal leaders, PGH OCHS, social workers, case managers, advocacy groups)
  • Have a Community Leadership Team started and growing