CHESTER, PA – Attorney General Michelle Henry and Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer today announced the results of the Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative (LETI) in Delaware County. LETI is a program that diverts individuals with a substance use disorder away from the criminal justice system and into treatment. The AG and the DA were joined by Delaware County Council Chair Dr. Monica Taylor, who provided an update on the progress being made in addressing the opioid epidemic utilizing funds obtained from the opioid settlement funding. That funding – $63 million over eighteen years – was obtained through a settlement of litigation against opioid distributors initiated by both the DA and County Council.

The LETI program was initiated in 2021 by then Attorney General Josh Shapiro and since then has been adopted by 28 counties in the Commonwealth. LETI is a collaborative effort of law enforcement and treatment providers that enables individuals to be connected to treatment with no threat of arrest or prosecution. In addition to diversion initiated by police departments, the DA’s office, under the leadership of Deputy Salena Jones, reviews cases at the time of initial arrest and refers appropriate cases to MVP, the County’s designated provider for LETI participants.

The first installment of opioid settlement funding was awarded in December 2023, and MVP Recovery, the site of today’s press event, received $861,640.00 to fund two projects: the MVP Recovery OTR Program (Opioid Treatment & Recovery Program), and the MVP Recovery EMPOWERED (Empowering Mothers for Positive Outcomes with Education, Recovery, and Early Development Program. The OTR Program will provide expanded MAT (Medically Assisted Treatment), specifically methadone maintenance services. The EMPOWER Program is focused on having targeted case management for pregnant women and women who have been diagnosed with substance use disorder who have children.

“I have been to counties across Pennsylvania to help them launch their LETI programs, but today’s visit to Delaware County is my first opportunity to see how the LETI Program is working on the ground a few years after it began. These efforts must be done at the county level — it’s a necessity that local officials understand the importance of diversion efforts in combating the opioid crisis and that they utilize the resources provided through the state-wide opioid settlement money in the way that their communities need. It is truly rewarding and hopeful to see Delaware County finding success in this monumental endeavor,” said Attorney General Henry.

“LETI is a true diversion program for non-violent individuals who come into contact with the criminal justice system on account of drug dependency. Together with our Drug Treatment Court and the Second Chance Court, this is another tool in our toolbox to get people help that works,” said Stollsteimer. “As we have worked on the development and implementation of this program, we have been assisted enormously by the staff in the Attorney General’s office, particularly Agent Janene Holter, the coordinator of the LETI program, and we are extraordinarily grateful for that assistance. Our success with this program was only possible because of the close collaboration between my office and the staff at MVP Recovery, particularly CEO Brian Corson. Finally, We have also been gratified by the response this program has received from police departments across Delaware County. As we have continued in our efforts to expand LETI, we have received the enthusiastic support of Chester’s mayor, Stefan Roots and its police commissioner, Steven Gretsky, and that support is essential to the success of the program,” said DA Stollsteimer.

“The Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative can literally change the course of a person’s path,” said Delaware County Council Chair Dr. Monica Taylor. “Instead of being placed on a path that involves incarceration, residents can be placed on a path that includes recovery and one that includes a bright future. We need to attack substance abuse disorder at its root cause, and the Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative does just that. We believe this program can be incredibly successful and powerful.”

For press inquiries, please contact Margie McAboy, Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, 610-579-0429.