Multnomah County will expand Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program into east Portland

From left CentralCity Concern's LEAD® case managers: Juliana DePietro, Hubert Mathews, JasonSheffey, and Carlos Reynoso. Not pictured: case managers Brennan Edwards andMichelle Courtney. Photo courtesy Multnomah County LEAD

PORTLAND, Ore. – Multnomah County public safety partners are expanding a pilot project for Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, or LEAD, into Northeast and Southeast Portland.

The county-funded, pre-booking jail diversion program helps people struggling with chronic drug addiction. It helps them access social services and treatment rather and avoid jail or prosecution.

The pilot program is entering its second year and will expand from its current operation in downtown Portland, Old Town/Chinatown and the Lloyd District. They plan to move east across the Willamette to Southeast and Northeast 12th Avenue, north to Interstate 84 and south to Southeast Powell Boulevard.

LEAD works with law enforcement agencies and elected leaders to reduce crime and protect those struggling with drug addiction.

Since the program’s launch in February 2017, 99 people have enrolled in LEAD, 76 remain active in the program and 1,005 documented needs were met.

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