It’s been on Snohomish County prosecutor Adam Cornell’s wish list for some time to expand the LEAD program to his county. LEAD stands for Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, and is a program that was originally founded in King County.
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“It essentially provides tools to police officers to, in their discretion, decide if instead of taking somebody to jail, they’re going to give them an opportunity to be diverted from the traditional criminal justice system and have an opportunity to access all kinds of services that address their underlying behavioral health and other issues (or) underlying root causes of why they were engaging in criminal conduct in the first place,” Cornell explained.
This week, his office found out it has received a grant to bring the nationally recognized program to Snohomish County.
“I’m thrilled to announce that my office received a $1.65 million grant from the state’s Health Care Authority to bring LEAD to Snohomish County,” he said. “This is fantastic news, an opportunity to bring a nationally renowned program to our county, a program that has been replicated all over the place that is going to help to make our community safer and healthier.”
“I think it’s also worth noting that with the $1.65 million grant, that means that we’re not going to be burdening local taxpayers,” he added.
Cornell will first team his office with the Everett police and Lynnwood police, agencies located in two of Snohomish County’s bigger cities.
“Obviously, Everett is the biggest city in the

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