Make a LEAD Referral

Thank you for your interest in making a LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion/Let Everyone Advance with Dignity) referral. Providing the information on the next page allows us to quickly assess an individual's eligibility. Please note a referral into LEAD does not mean an individual is approved. LEAD approvals can only be done by designated individuals within Law Enforcement or the Public Defender Association Project Management Team.

If you are unsure if an individual is LEAD eligible we still encourage you to submit this form and a LEAD project manager will follow up with you. 

The LEAD program collaborates with both local community and city and county stakeholders to address law violations driven by unmet behavioral health needs or poverty including, but not limited to, drug possession, sex work, low level theft, bus misconduct, and park violations. 

Our goal is to engage individuals referred and approved with wrap-around case management and services that create long term behavior change, ultimately resulting in a reduction in unlawful behavior. We do this by connecting them to case managers, with whom they set individual goals and work to obtain those goals through accessing relevant services. These services include, but are not limited to, accessing legal income, addressing medical needs, addressing court obligations, obtaining identification and documents, chemical dependency treatment, mental health care, housing, and job training and placement. 


You can find out more about the LEAD program here: http://www.defender.org/projects/lead