PENNSYLVANIA – Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that Wyoming County has joined the Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative (LETI), a program started by Attorney General Shapiro in conjunction with law enforcement that helps Pennsylvanians suffering from substance use disorders to register for treatment services. Sixteen Commonwealth counties have already joined the LETI program.
PA LETI is a law enforcement-led treatment initiative that will allow Pennsylvanians in Wyoming County seeking treatment for a substance use disorder to use their local law enforcement, county officials and community stakeholders to contact the Luzerne/Wyoming Drug and Alcohol Program for treatment services without the threat of arrest.
“We are losing 14 Pennsylvanians a day to the opioid epidemic,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “Connecting individuals to the treatment they need will save lives, strengthen our communities and help minimize the stigma associated with substance use disorders. I commend District Attorney Peters and our law enforcement partners throughout Wyoming County for bringing this program to their communities.
Shapiro said partnering with Wyoming County law enforcement agencies and others under PA LETI:
- Open their doors to people with substance use disorders.
- Help identify people seeking treatment services.
- Help ensure people have transportation to get to treatment services.
- Maintain relationships with our local Drug and Alcohol Administration to understand availability and collect data to study outcomes.
In Wyoming County, individuals can contact a member of law enforcement, county official, or community actor at any time to request a referral or be linked with treatment without threat of arrest or prosecution. . This policy also includes the ability for law enforcement to connect individuals to treatment at their discretion. Wyoming county law enforcement and leadership will partner with Luzerne/Wyoming Drug and Program to facilitate such referrals.
“I look forward to partnering with Attorney General Shapiro and thanking him for helping Wyoming County expand our existing treatment initiatives through the implementation of LETI, to help people with mental health issues. substance use to directly access treatment services 24/7. Based on my experience as a street cop, police chief, state and federal attorney, and senior drug enforcement official in two White Houses, I can say that LETI is precisely the kind of law enforcement-led innovation we need at a time when we are losing more souls to accidental fentanyl overdoses than ever imagined. that we will remain tough on crime while dealing with drug dealers, predators and violent criminals, but we will be smart on crime through the implementation of our law enforcement treatment initiatives” said Wyoming District Attorney Joseph Peters.
The Wyoming County Hope Coalition formed in 2018 to address the opioid epidemic in their community and to facilitate community and stakeholder connections. The coalition has brought together medical providers, law enforcement, county officials and people in recovery to fight the opioid epidemic. This work will continue with additional assistance from the LETI program.
“The Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative is an exciting new program for Wyoming County. LETI enables law enforcement to encourage drug treatment as an alternative to the criminal justice system. LETI has strengthened collaboration between law enforcement the college, our district attorney’s office, treatment providers, and our Lucerne/Wyoming SCA. Our goal is to break down barriers while providing more access points for treatment. Recovery is possible and this program will allow everyone to be an active part of that person’s journey to recovery,” said Ryan Hogan, Luzerne/Wyoming SCA Administrator, Luzerne/Wyoming Countys Drug & Alcohol Program.
Agent Janene Holter, PhD, is the full-time Agent of the Attorney General’s Office who coordinates PA LETI. His work includes training, drafting policies for each participating county, convening key community stakeholders, and case management of LETI referrals.
LETI currently operates in Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Chester, Clearfield, Columbia, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Fayette, Mifflin, Montgomery, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Snyder and Somerset counties. Pennsylvania District Attorneys interested in starting a PA LETI program should contact the Attorney General’s Office at 570-826-2483.
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