Who are the LEAD Santa Fe Clients?

As of December 23, 2016, law enforcement officers referred 105 clients to LEAD.

  • Of these referrals, 18 are not in the program for the following reasons:
    • 9 ineligible;
    • 3 declined;
    • 6 did not complete an intake within 7 days;
  • Engagement status of the remaining 87 clients, is as follows:
    • 67 (77%) have actively engaged with their case manager at least once in the past year
    • 17 (20%) have not engaged for at least a year, of which 2 are self-supporting and currently have no need for engagement.
    • 3 (3%) are recent referrals in the process of completing their intake.

The following data describes the 84 LEAD clients who are enrolled in LEAD (completed a LEAD intake survey within 7 days of referral):

  • 65% are female (two-thirds)
  • Average age is 26 (mode age (most common age) is 25)
  • 55% social referrals; 45% arrest referrals. The reason for the arrest referrals were as follows (not mutually exclusive):84% have Medicaid
    • 61% for opioid possession
    • 87% for possession of drug paraphernalia consistent with opioid use
    • 7% for non-violent property offenses
    • 14% for other non-violent crime
  • 25% (21 clients) have Hepatitis C
  • 55% (46 clients) have a diagnosed cooccurring mental health and substance use disorder
  • 29% have at least one child under the age of 18 years old.
  • 40% have permanent housing. Refer to Chart 1 on the right for a breakdown of housing status for clients who do not have permanent housing.
  • 35%, or one-third, completed high school and 24%, or almost one-quarter, have completed some college. 10% are currently enrolled in vocational training or college.
  • 70% are unemployed; 12% have full time employment; 17% are employed part time.

Chart 2 shows the percent of clients that are engaged in services. The categories are not mutually exclusive. For example, a person may participate in medication assisted treatment, supportive housing and behavioral health (BH) therapy. Chart 2 shows that 20% of LEAD clients have received help from the LEAD legal aid. One third, or 35%, of the 52 clients who do not have permanent housing are receiving housing support through the LEAD program. 

Almost half of the clients (n=34 or 41%) are participating in medication-assisted treatment, and of these, 26 are on Suboxone and 8 are on methadone.

As of January 2016, of the 23 clients who had been enrolled in the program for at least 6 months:

  • 6 (12%) were rearrested on a charge of possession of controlled substance charge,
  • 1 was charged with aggravated DWI,
  • 1 was charged with larceny under $2500, and
  • None had committed a property crime.