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Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion San Francisco (LEAD SF)

On April 20th, the City received notification of a 26-month grant award from the Board of State and Community Corrections to implement the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program in San Francisco (LEAD SF). Based on the model developed in Seattle, LEAD SF is an innovative pre-booking diversion program that will refer repeat, low-level drug offenders, at the earliest contact with law enforcement, to community-based health and social services as an alternative to jail and prosecution. San Francisco's program will focus on the Tenderloin and Mission districts.

The LEAD SF program, which will be implemented in August of 2017, to better meet the needs of individuals with a history of substance abuse and low level drug offenses, improve health status of participants, reduce the recidivism rate for low-level drug and alcohol offenders, and strengthen collaboration with city and community based partners.

LEAD SF is a multi-agency collaborative project that will be overseen by a Policy Committee composed of partner agency representatives and co-chaired by: William Scott (Chief of Police), George Gascón (District Attorney), and Barbara Garcia (Director of Health).

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Participating City Departments

San Francisco Department of Public Health (lead agency)

San Francisco Police Department

San Francisco Adult Probation Department

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police

San Francisco District Attorney's Office

San Francisco Public Defender's Office

San Francisco Sheriff's Department

Community Based Agency Program Partners

Drug Policy Alliance

Glide Harm Reduction

Felton Institute

Commission and Community Representatives

Reentry Council

Roadmap to Peace

Sentencing Commission

Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership

Workgroup to Re-envision the Jail Replacement Project


BSCC Grant Application

Policy Committee Roster

Seattle King County LEAD Program


LEAD University of Washington Program Evaluation

March 2014 LEAD Process Evaluation

March 2015 LEAD Program Evaluation

LEAD Evaluation Qualitative Report

Policy Committee Materials

Meeting 1 (5/22/17)

Meeting 1 Agenda

Meeting 1 Minutes



Meeting 2 (6/12/17)

Meeting 2 Agenda

Meeting 2 Minutes


Meeting 3 (7/24/17)

Meeting 3 Agenda

Meeting 3 Minutes

LEAD SF Program Flow Chart



Meeting 4 (8/29/17)

Meeting 4 Agenda

Meeting 4 Minutes


LEAD SF Proposed Research Design

Meeting 5 (1/22/18)

Meeting 5 Agenda

Meeting 5 Minutes


Meeting 6 (4/23/18)

Meeting 6 Agenda

Meeting 6 Minutes


Binder Materials

LEAD SF Fact Sheet

LEAD SF Core Principles

LEAD SF Core Principles for Case Management

LEAD SF Core Principles for Policing Role

LEAD SF Core Principles for Prosecutor

LEAD SF Role of Community Public Safety Groups

LEAD SF PC Charter

LEAD SF Agency Partners_MOU

LEAD Media Plan

CASC Materials

April CASC Calendar

CASC Overview

Operational Workgroup

Meeting 1 (7/14/17)


Action Minutes

Meeting 2 (7/28/17)


Action Minutes

Meeting 3 (8/11/17)

Action Minutes


Meeting 4 (8/25/17)


Action Minutes

Meeting 5 (9/8/17)

Action Minutes

Meeting 6 (9/22/17)

Action Minutes

Meeting 7 (10/6/17)

Action Minutes

Meeting 8 (10/20/17)

Action Minutes


Meeting 9 (11/3/17)

Action Minutes


Meeting 10 (11/17/17)

Action Minutes


Operational Workgroup Materials

LEAD SF Program Success - Stakeholder Input