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Statewide programs receive $480,000

Register-Herald - 7/12/2018

July 12--The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has awarded $480,000 to expand the statewide capacity of Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) programs.

LEAD helps divert adults with a substance use disorder (SUD) or a co-occurring disorder, such as mental health issues, from the criminal justice system to community-based services.

The program allows public safety officials to work with behavioral health providers by diverting low-level drug offenders to treatment and support services, rather than jail and prosecution.

LEAD case managers work with participants to connect them to intensive interventions such as assertive community treatment, residential SUD services, comprehensive case management, medication assisted treatment and other support services.

The following grant recipients were selected by DHHR's Office of Drug Control Policy:

l Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center -- McDowell$60,000

l Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center -- Mercer$60,000

l Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center -- Wyoming$60,000

l FMRS Health Systems, Inc. -- $60,000

l Westbrook Health Services, Inc. -- $60,000

l Seneca Health Services, Inc. -- Nicholas $60,000

l Seneca Health Services, Inc. -- Greenbrier$60,000

l Appalachian Community Health Center, Inc. -- $60,000

"The ultimate goal of LEAD programs is to improve public safety," said Susie Mullens, Interim Director of DHHR's Office of Drug Control Policy. "With this funding, individuals will be provided an opportunity to get the help they need to address the issues which likely brought them to the attention of law enforcement."

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