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LouisvilleKY LEAD program aims to divert opioid addicted individuals away from jail and into treatment

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer joined partners from across public and private sectors to announce the development of Kentucky’s first Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, known as LEAD, to divert opioid addicted people from jails in favor of case management and treatment. The LEAD program, which was first launched in Seattle in 2011, is an innovative pre-booking, community-based program focused on routing individuals suspected of committing low-level drug-related offenses away from jail and prosecution into treatment. The Mayor announced the city has been awarded a $400,000 federal grant to fund a pilot project, serving 50 qualifying individuals who come…


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LouisvilleKY Metro joining in Urban League Forum on Opioid Crisis Monday

Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will take part in a public forum tonight about the community’s response to the national opioid crisis.  The free event, which is sponsored by the Louisville Urban League, will be held at the organization’s headquarters at 1535 W Broadway from 6 to 7:30 p.m. tonight. Public Health’s Wayne Crabtree will outline the goals and progress thus far of Louisville’s two-year action plan to address substance use disorder, Coming Together for  Hope, Healing and Recovery, which Mayor Greg Fischer unveiled in March. The plan is the product of a community-wide effort that included people…