Drs. Liza Creel and Susan Buchino, faculty in the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, will analyze 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 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.
Drs. Creel and Buchino will conduct the evaluation, ensuring the program is working as it should.
“By following an evidence-based intervention that has shown success in other communities and designing it to meet Louisville’s needs, the Louisville LEAD pilot has great potential to positively impact participant lives and our community,” Dr. Creel said.
Drs. Creel and Buchino will look specifically at the impact of LEAD on:
“UofL is committed to enhancing the well-being of our city through research and collaboration. We look forward to sharing our evaluation findings over the next two years,” she said.