10 Years of the Essex County Drug Diversion Program

On Tuesday, September 26, in observance of National Recovery Month, District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett and Bridgewell celebrated their 10 year partnership in offering drug treatment to non-violent offenders in Essex County.

Pictured: DA Jonathan Blodgett with Drug Diverson Program graduate Tayla Piantedosi and Bridgewell’s Director of the Young Adult Drug Diversion Program Kristen Luongo.

The program started in 2007 in the Lynn and Newburyport District Courts and was offered to individuals aged 17 -26. Today, the program is available in all eight district courts in Essex County to individuals of all ages. The program has also expanded to offer Recovery Coaching, After Care (to include assistance with housing and employment) and a peer support group available to diversion participants and graduates.

Watch the below video from the District Attorney’s Office to learn more about the Drug Diversion Program:

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