Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $582,810)
Rio Arriba County is a high desert rural community located in northern New Mexico, it is one of the poorest counties in a state ranked with the third highest poverty rate in the nation. Located within Rio Arriba county are three tribal jurisdictions: Santa Clara Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, and Jicarilla Apache Reservation. This project will enable Rio Arriba County's Health and Human Services Department to expand and enhance the existing Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program. The project will result in enhanced coverage during peak off-business hours late nights and during the weekends, in addition to establishing an expanded intake network in order to maximize the number of beneficiaries of the program. This project will result in 80 individuals that are referred by law enforcement for pre-arrest diversion to treatment and will provide transitional housing assistance for at least 4 of these individuals.