Will Operation Rio Grande succeed?
Posted by Ben McAdams
August 23, 2017
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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
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