Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative (LETI)

In March 2022, the Chester County District Attorney’s Office implemented the Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative (LETI), a program launched by Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro, to assist those who suffer from substance use disorders. LETI allows people seeking addiction treatment to use their local law enforcement – police officers, probation/parole officers, and sheriffs – as a resource to contact participating treatment agencies and get free treatment.

“We lose 14 Pennsylvanias a day to the opioid epidemic,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “Connecting individuals to the treatment they need will save lives, make our communities stronger, and help minimize the stigma associated with substance use disorder.”

Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan said, “For years, law enforcement has asked for another tool to address the drug epidemic plaguing Chester County. LETI is that tool. It redirects people suffering from addiction away from the criminal justice system and down a path that could save their lives. LETI will make a difference for so many.”

LETI is a collaborative effort between law enforcement and treatment providers to save lives and reduce crime and recidivism. It provides an alternative option to law enforcement for those who commit low-level, non-violent crimes and have a substance use disorder, to get treatment instead of punishment. It also allows individuals in Chester County to contact a member of law enforcement at any time to ask for a referral or to be connected to treatment with no threat of arrest or prosecution.

Under LETI, Chester County law enforcement agencies will:

  • Open their doors to those suffering from addiction.
  • Help identify treatment for those who seek it.
  • Assist with ensuring that people have transportation to treatment facilities.
  • Maintain relationships with local treatment providers to be aware of the availability and collect data to study treatment outcomes.

Currently, LETI operates in Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Clearfield, Columbia, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Fayette, Mifflin, Montgomery, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Snyder, and Somerset counties. District Attorneys in Pennsylvania interested in starting a PA LETI program should contact the Office of Attorney General at 570-826-2483 or [email protected].

For more information, go to https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/leti/.

 

 

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