TAD Diversion Program
Therapeutic Alternative Diversion
The Therapeutic Alternative Diversion (TAD) Program is a partnership between the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (KCPAO) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) to identify individuals charged with property offenses that have up to $2,000 restitution owed from the offense for referral to the TAD Program.
As an alternative to the traditional prosecution model, TAD aims to provide a connection to community-based services in lieu of continued involvement in the mainstream legal system. This is a pre-charging (before the case is filed) and post-charging (after the case has been filed) diversion program where the KCPAO reviews each Expedited Felony case referred for criminal charges along with the criminal history of the individual to determine eligibility. If the individual is eligible, KCPAO will send referral paperwork to the Public Health TAD Care Coordinators. Individuals then conduct an intake, and referrals on their behalf are made. Those who engage with the service providers will benefit by not having their criminal referral charged in District Court, or if it was charged in District Court, by having their pending criminal charge dismissed.