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LEAD Grant RFP - Word Doc

Notice of Funds Availability - PDF

The BSCC held a Bidders’ Conference on December 13, 2016 with the purpose of providing clarity on the Request for Proposals instructions and responding to technical questions. For reference, the agenda and presentation are posted below.
Individuals who were unable to attend a Bidders’ Conference may submit questions in writing to  Please note that BSCC staff cannot provide assistance or advice on the preparation of a proposal.  The BSCC will continue to accept and respond to questions about this RFP until January 30, 2017. Questions and answers will be posted on this page under FAQs.

Lead Bidders' Conference

Agenda - PDF
PowerPoint - Presentation

Have questions about LEAD? See if they are answered here

The BSCC will continue to accept and respond to questions about this RFP until January 30, 2017

Senate Bill 843, chaptered on June 27, 2016, established the LEAD Pilot Program to be administered by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) to “improve public safety and reduce recidivism by increasing the availability and use of social service resources while reducing costs to law enforcement agencies and courts stemming from repeated incarceration”. Modeled after the LEAD Project in Seattle, Washington, up to three jurisdictions will be selected for a two-year pilot program that will divert willing low-level drug offenders and those arrested for prostitution to social service providers in lieu of prosecution. Services provided may include, but are not limited to, case management, housing, medical care, mental health care, treatment for alcohol or substance use disorders, nutritional counseling and treatment, psychological counseling, employment, employment training and education, civil legal services, and system navigation. It is expected that the grant award cycle will begin April 21, 2017 and end June 30, 2019. A report of the evaluation findings is required to be submitted to the Governor and the Legislature by January 1, 2020. SB 843 appropriated $15 million from the General Fund for the project and authorized the Board to spend up to $550,000 of that amount for contracts with an outside evaluator to determine the program’s effectiveness and to contract with experts in the implementation of the LEAD program for the purpose of providing technical assistance to participating jurisdictions. The independent evaluator selected for the project is the California State University, Long Beach and technical assistance will be provided by the LEAD National Support Bureau in Seattle Washington. Pursuant to SB 843, the LEAD program shall be consistent with the following principles, implemented to address and reflect the priorities of the community in which the program exists:

  1. Provide intensive case management services and an individually tailored intervention plan that acts as a blueprint for assisting LEAD participants.
  2. Prioritize temporary and permanent housing that includes individualized supportive services, without preconditions of drug or alcohol treatment or abstinence from drugs or alcohol.
  3. Employ human and social service resources in coordination with law enforcement in a manner that improves individual outcomes, community safety, and promotes community wellness.
  4. Participation in LEAD services shall be voluntary throughout the duration of the program and shall not require abstinence from drug or alcohol use as a condition of continued participation.

To ensure successful program design and implementation, the BSCC uses Executive Steering Committees (ESCs) to inform decision making related to the Board’s programs. BSCC’s ESCs typically are composed of subject matter experts and stakeholders representing both the public and private sectors. The BSCC makes every attempt to include diverse representation on its ESCs, in breadth of experience, geography and demographics. ESCs are convened and approved by the BSCC Board, as the need arises, to carry out specified tasks, including the development of RFPs for grant funds. ESCs submit grant award recommendations to the BSCC Board for final disposition. The Board then approves, rejects or revises those recommendations. Members of the ESCs are not paid for their time but are reimbursed for travel expenses incurred to attend meetings. The LEAD Grant ESC includes a cross-section of subject matter experts on mental health and substance use disorder treatment, diversion programs, reentry, housing and other areas, including individuals who were directly impacted by the criminal justice system.

ESC Member Title/Organization County
David Barajano,
ESC Co-Chair
Police Chief, City of Chula Vista
& BSCC Board Member
San Diego

Francine Tournour,
EXC Co-Chair

Director, City of Sacramento
& BSCC Board Member
John Bauters Director of Government Relations,
Californians for Safety and Justice
Ellen McDonnell

Deputy Public Defender,
Office of the Public Defender

Contra Costa
Kellen Russoniello Staff Attorney, ACLU

San Diego

Rebecca Brown President, Further the Work
Contra Costa
Brenda Grealish

Assistant Deputy Director,
California Department of Health Care Services



  • Senate Bill 843 - PDF
  • Assembly Bill 1733 - PDF

LEAD Fact Sheet - PDF

LEAD Core Principles for Successful Implementation - PDF

LEAD Principles for Policing Role - PDF

LEAD Core Principles for Public Safety Groups - PDF

LEAD Core Principles for Prosecutors - PDF

LEAD Core Principles for Case Management Role - PDF

Seattle LEAD Recidivism Evaluation - PDF

Seattle LEAD Legal System Utilization and Associated Costs Evaluation - PDF

Seattle LEAD Client Outcomes Evaluation - PDF

Please see for additional information on LEAD National Support Bureau.


Colleen Stoner, Field Representative: or 916 324-9385

Daryle McDaniel, Field Representative: or 916 341-7392