Join us Tuesday, June 22nd at 6:30 PM for our Family Forum discussion with Jessye Cohen-Filipic and Samantha Stevenson of REACH Medical, who will provide an overview of LEAD and answer questions about the program.
Registration is required: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqdOiopjwtGtBxbn3956ZgZ3KjUfCnfn-w
The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) arrest diversion program is a collaborative community safety effort that offers law enforcement a credible alternative to booking people into jail for criminal activity that stems from unmet behavioral health needs or poverty.
LEAD diverts individuals who are engaged in low-level drug crime, prostitution, and crimes of poverty away from the criminal legal system—bypassing prosecution and jail time—and connects them with intensive case managers who can provide crisis response, immediate psychosocial assessment, and long term wrap-around services including substance use disorder treatment and housing. The Ithaca LEAD Program (ILP) is designed to overhaul the way law enforcement responds to crime and improve public safety by focusing on harm reduction and strengthening police-community relations. ILP is modeled off of other similar programs in cities like Albany and Seattle. Overall, ILP will look to lower the number of those arrested and entering the criminal justice system due to crimes of addiction, poverty and mental health, and hopes to mitigate some of the racial disparities caused by the criminal justice system. ILP is a partnership between the City of Ithaca and REACH Medical. Travis Brooks at GIAC is the LEAD project manager.
Samantha Stevenson is the Director of Operations of REACH Medical and will oversee the LEAD case management team. Jessye Cohen-Filipic is a psychologist at REACH Medical.