PUEBLO — The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program in Pueblo is growing.
LEAD is "designed to reduce the harm caused by drug use and lower the chance that you will go to jail." It's a pre-booking diversion program, where arresting officers identify potential participants instead of charging and booking individuals following an arrest.
The program started in 2018 with 9 participants, and now it has grown to 150 participants. One of the leaders of the program tells News5 why they've seen such a big increase.
"Our clients have need," said Rob Archuleta. "Our clients are struggling with substance use disorder. Some of them are struggling with mental health, some of them are struggling with making ends meet and their families."
The LEAD program wants to expand its services which includes being there for its clients during court appearances or DHS appointments.
For more information on the program, click here.