Office of the State's Attorney

Worcester County, Maryland

Diversionary Programs

Law Enforcement Assisted Prevention (LEAP)

The LEAP program assists in addressing the behavioral health needs of the citizens of Worcester County, particularly those needs which frequently lead to criminality or victimization resulting in involvement in the criminal justice system.    

When a first responder comes into contact with someone who has an ongoing behavioral health issue unlikely to be resolved by a one-time interaction with a first responder, a referral is made to the LEAP Coordinator at the Office of the State's Attorney. The coordinator then assesses the individual’s behavioral health needs, refer for services, and in some cases provide services directly. Any behavioral health need will be addressed, including but not limited to homelessness, mental health issues, chronic medical issues, vulnerable adult-related concerns, child welfare concerns, substance abuse issues and domestic violence.  Individuals experiencing these problems will receive the help and support they need to avoid becoming a future victim or re-engaging in criminal behavior caused by their unmet need.