Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Lunch and Learn, Jan. 25 

King County and the City of Seattle have embraced the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program as an effective and credible alternative for local law enforcement to booking people into jail for criminal activity that stems from untreated mental health or substance use disorders. By working with law enforcement to channel these individuals into community-based interventions, LEAD effectively disrupts their cycling repeatedly through our criminal justice system and gives them the tools and opportunity to achieve stability in the community.  

Learn more about this innovative program at a LEAD Lunch and Learn held Friday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall. The event will feature opening remarks from City of Seattle and King County leaders, a panel with community organizations and LEAD participants, and a brief question and answer session. 

LEAD diverts people engaged in low-level drug crime, prostitution, and crimes of poverty away from the criminal justice system–bypassing prosecution and jail time—and connects them with intensive case managers who can offer crisis response, criminal justice system coordination, and access to community services including counseling, treatment and housing.

For questions or more information contact Carolanne Sanders, LEAD Program & Jail Diversion Specialist, at