Long-term, intensive case management utilizing theories and practices from Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change Model, and Harm Reduction help participants achieve the goals they set. What makes PAD's case management different is that it is person-centered and participant-led. Rather than being coerced into short-term changes, participants are encouraged to find their own inner motivation to change and supported as they take steps toward that change. PAD believes in promoting accountability and self-autonomy as a means of preserving participants' dignity and worth.
Participants identify which aspects of their life need help, such as housing, employment, substance use disorder (SUD), mental health issues, financial hardships, housing, and family and community relationships. Participants are then connected to resources to address the areas of need and also provided advocacy to help them overcome the barriers of racial and economic disparities. PAD case managers are dedicated to building a relationship with participants that is founded on trust, respect, acceptance, and empowerment.
Case Managers (pictured left): Chris Thomas, Cassie Crouch, Milina Wilson, and Tatum Butler-Hill.
The Operations Workgroup (OWG) is comprised of case managers, law enforcement officers, service providers, and a representative from both the Public Defender's and State's Attorney's Offices. As part of LEAD's collaborative approach, the OWG meets twice a month to review day-to-day operations and individual cases, assess progress and identify new or ongoing needs or issues related to the program.
The Community Leadership Team (CLT) provides a critical connection to the community, combining people with lived experience with the criminal legal system, substance use, mental health, and homelessness together with social and racial justice advocates and other engaged community members to provide ongoing feedback on the initiative. CLT members reflect the population and community most impacted by law enforcement. The CLT is led by the Community Engagement Coordinator, who also works with the Policy Coordinating Group and Operations Workgroup. Allowing input from people who know the issues affecting their communities, the CLT makes sure the LEAD initiative is actively meeting its goals. The CLT meets monthly, typically via a virtual platform to make attending meetings easier for those who volunteer their time.
As a part of LEAD, our Policy Coordinating Group is made up of representatives of each of our partner organizations, local law enforcement, and elected leaders, working together to develop local LEAD policy and ensuring that the needs of the community are met. The PCG works to develop policy, address issues, discuss budgetary concerns, and other matters relating to improving Pre-Arrest Diversion. Our PCG meets quarterly on the third Tuesday of the month at 1:30 pm CST.
Schedule for PCG Meetings: Special Meeting, August 16, 2022 1 p.m., October 18, 2022 1:30 p.m. CST.Meetings can be viewed live here.