Will Operation Rio Grande succeed?
Rio Grande’s first phase concentrated on law enforcement actions. A number of
hardened criminals were removed from the area in the first week. We are now ready to move into Phase 2 –and
the offer of expanded access to treatment for those individuals struggling with
mental health and substance use disorders.
Thanks to a
funding commitment from the state added to county dollars, we will be opening
new residential treatment beds.
Experienced treatment providers such as First Step House, Odyssey House,
Volunteers of America and House of Hope will be able to treat more individuals.
They do life-saving work and assist individuals in crisis move towards recovery
See the treatment graphic.
launching is a new specialty court that is linked to the new treatment
beds. Like the existing drug courts,
this new court will serve clients through an evidence-based program that
involves judges, case managers, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, peer
mentors and legal defenders.
See the specialty court flow chart.
A key aspect
is that we will connect individuals to recovery support quickly. For the first time, clients will be screened
for the program while still in jail. In
less than 14 days they will be connected to a structured, carefully monitored
studies have shown that it’s a more effective use of taxpayer funds to pay for
treatment than to pay for jails, not to mention the human cost savings when
people reunited with their families and their communities to become productive
Mayor McAdams speaks at Odyssey House to announce treatment and specialty court as part of Operation Rio Grande phase 2
Challenge grant helps fund homelessness services
Today I joined Gail Miller and members of her family to announce their generous donation to Shelter the Homeless – the nonprofit organization that will own the new homeless resource centers. The Miller Family Foundation has issued a $10 million challenge grant and will match donations dollar-for-dollar up to that amount. The money will help to fund services and programs to minimize and prevent homelessness.
Make your donation to Shelter the Homeless.
When I convened a
collective impact committee with more than 30 stakeholders, including government, business, nonprofit and private members, I had confidence we would be able to harness a lot of good will. We signed on to a common agenda and agreed to operate by consensus. We said we would hold ourselves accountable to achieve
14 outcomes, including to meet the basic needs of those in crisis, decrease Salt Lake County's homelessness rate over time and divert individuals and families from emergency shelter whenever possible.
It's remarkable what happens when everyone is at the table, participating in the work and taking unified action. We've come a long way. We've gained the support of the Utah legislature to help build three new homeless resource centers.
However, today's announcement isn't about buildings; it's about the private support we know we need in order to put the programs and staffing in place to get to our 14 outcomes. It's a model that I'm absolutely certain will help get people back on their feet and on a path towards self-reliance and at the same time fit well into neighborhoods and communities.
Restoring public safety to downtown Rio Grande district
Operation Rio Grande started this week. State, county, local partners begin to restore public safety, arrest and jail criminals, give access to treatment and jobs for troubled area of downtown Salt Lake City.
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