The County of Contra Costa has been awarded a grant from the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) titled Contra Costa LEAD Plus. The project builds on and enhances the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion model (LEAD) first developed in Seattle, WA. A multi-sector partnership of the County, the city of Antioch, and HealthRIGHT 360 (“HR360”), CoCo LEAD Plus will provide pre-arrest, post-arrest, pre-booking, and post-booking diversion opportunities and services for adults with behavioral health issues who have been arrested by the Antioch Police Department (“APD”) more than once in twelve months for eligible misdemeanors or “wobblers.” Probationers arrested on divertible charges in Antioch or cited for technical violations will also be eligible.
HR360, a national leader in comprehensive mental health, substance use, medical, and housing services for complex populations will serve to implement the project’s community-based elements. Based in Antioch, in Contra Costa, HR360 currently manages the Central/East Reentry Network, a community-based collective-impact project that coordinates and integrates an array of public and nonprofit services, including housing, employment, civil legal, family reunification, physical and behavioral healthcare, for justice-involved people.
The Peer Leader will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to provide peer support, outreach, and group facilitation. The Peer Leader will develop relationships with referred individuals and enrolled clients to support their access to needed resources and reduce their involvement in the justice system.