Our Collective Impact

Washtenaw LEADD is locally developed, governed, and managed by two primary bodies: the Policy Coordinating Group (PCG) and Operational Work Group (OWG). Collectively, these diverse teams chart the course, review operational progress and challenges, and identify opportunities for systemic improvement. Rather than blaming each other for the problems in their communities, LEADD stakeholders instead point together at the shared problems and ask, “How can we best align our efforts to solve this problem collectively?”

The LEADD Program Coordinator works in partnership with these two groups, coordinating all aspects of and managing its day-to-day activities.

As a collective impact initiative, the success of Washtenaw LEADD depends on the strength of our diverse partnership. It’s thanks to our shared commitment to changing systems and changing lives that the LEADD initiative is forging a safer, healthier, and more equitable future for our community.

The Sheriff’s Office and Community Mental Health chose to invest in LEADD and utilized funds received through the Public Safety and Mental Health Preservation Millage (made possible by Washtenaw County community investments and passed in November 2017) to initiate and sustain the initiative. Additional funding to support LEADD’s launch in October 2021 was made possible through a grant from Vital Strategies. The initiative is also sustained by in-kind contributions from all LEADD stakeholders.