Date(s) - 09/12/2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sunset Hill Community Club
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- Our September agenda is focused on public safety and homelessness outreach. Guest speakers from Ballard Alliance and the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program will describe new programs underway in our area. The LEAD program is a new paradigm for policing low-level drug offenses and prostitution, which relies on community and social service connections.Please join us and invite other residents and local business people.
7 – 7:15 pm Introductions & Announcements
7:15 – 7:35 pm Ballard Alliance Update — Homeless Outreach and Public Health/Safety
Paige Killinger, Ballard’s REACH case manager, and Mike Stewart and Devin Reynolds from Ballard Alliance will provide an overview of health/safety improvements in our central business district. Paige works directly with our local homeless community, connecting people to services and interfacing with local businesses and neighbors. Ballard Alliance also hires street cleaning workers through Millionair Club Charity’s supportive employment program for people experiencing homelessness.
7:35 – 8:05 pm Overview of Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program
Tracy Gillespie, LEAD Operations Advisor, and Devin Majkut, LEAD Supervisor, with the Public Defender Association, will provide an overview of this nationally recognized harm reduction program, established in 2011 in the Belltown neighborhood. In 2018, the City has begun expanding LEAD into Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct, with a focus on Ballard and North Aurora.
LEAD allows law enforcement officers to redirect low-level offenders engaged in drug or prostitution activity to community-based services, instead of jail and prosecution, with the goal of improving public safety and public order, and reducing the criminal behavior of people who participate in the program. Based on a city council budget proviso, vehicle camping is also a focus for LEAD in the North Precinct. LEAD diversion flows from the many routine interactions that those involved in drug use and the drug economy have with police officers, store managers, residents and community leaders every day. Bring your questions — LEAD success relies on community involvement and support.
8:05 – 8:30 pm Audience Q&A
For more information on the programs we’ll be learning about, please visit these links:
m/ballard-news-tribune/2018/08 /02/ballard-alliance-works-ens ure-ballard-remains-vibrant- community
local/successful-seattle-drug- treatment-program-looks-to- expand-across-king-county
local/more-drug-users- prostitutes-to-get-treatment- instead-of-jail-in-king- county/830887952
publicbroadcasting.net/post/ former-drug-user-mission-help- vulnerable-seattle-streets
local/crime-diversion-program- to-focus-on-north-seattle-car- campers
jayapal-brings-seattle-idea- fighting-opioid-crisis-dc (https://jayapal.house.gov/ media/press-releases/jayapal- scores-legislative-victory- expand-seattle-based-lead- program-nationwide)
mayor-and-council/city- council/2018/2019-human- services-equitable- development-and-renter-rights- committee?videoid=x92048 (6/26/18 LEAD presentation starts at 32:23)
com/single-post/2017/07/20/ LEAD-Presentation-at-Ballard- Community-Taskforce-on- Homelessness-Hunger-BCTHH
com/single-post/2017/06/05/ BCTHH-Meeting-Features-LEAD- Program
seattle-news/crime/lead- program-for-low-level-drug- criminals-sees-success/
article/900006079/police- found-her-in-a-parking-garage- with-a-crack-pipe-what-they- did-next-will-surprise-you. html
Join us Wed, Sep 12th at 7pm at Sunset Hill Community Club (3003 NW 66th Street). All are welcome!