Leonard Swanson

Leonard Swanson

Crisis Response Manager, Center for Behavioral Health and Justice


Leonard Swanson


Leonard joined the CBHJ team in February 2017 while completing his MSW at Wayne State University. His interest in macro social work led him to the confluence of broken mental health and criminal justice systems, which became too convoluted and captivating to ignore. His contributions to the work of the CBHJ include the development of the SIMPLE Scorecard (Sequential Intercept Model Practices, Leadership, and Expertise) to assess behavioral health and justice systems and the creation of the PROACT model (Proactive Response to Overdose and Appropriate Connections to Treatment) in collaboration with emergency medical services and behavioral health agencies to facilitate post-overdose response programs across Michigan. Leonard has presented his work at the Society for Social Work Research and the Michigan CIT Conference.


Leonard serves as manager for the crisis response initiative at the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice. He leads all grants and projects focused on the improving community response to behavioral health crises including the Proactive Response to Overdose and Appropriate Connections to Treatment (PROACT) project.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Limited License Master Social Worker (LLMSW)
  • MSW, Wayne State University
  • BA, Religious Studies, University of Oregon

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