Evergreen Treatment Services Awarded LEAD Contract

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Evergreen Treatment Services (ETS), a community treatment programs in the Pacific Northwest Node, has been awarded a contract to develop and execute intervention plans for participants in Washington state’s new Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program.

Funded by private foundations, the $950,000-a-year, four-year pilot program for LEAD offers hand-picked participants individualized alternatives to arrest, from inpatient drug treatment and educational opportunities to housing assistance and micro-loans for would-be business owners.

ETS, a nonprofit outpatient opioid treatment program founded in 1973, was awarded the contract to create the intervention for LEAD participants who must voluntarily agree to be part of the program (in return for their participation, no criminal charges will be filed), and who will be largely selected for it by police officers on the street, who best know the neighborhood’s dealers, users, and prostitutes.

Congratulations to Evergreen Treatment Services for its participation with this new program, and good luck!

Read more about the LEAD program with ETS in The Seattle Times.

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