From all of us at First Step House, we wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a very healthy 2017!
Our Pay for Success project is a GO! In Mayor Ben McAdams words..."It truly took a village - 125 people gave more than 12,000 hours as we built these projects.This extraordinary effort was made possible by your passion, dedication, creativity, and intellectual firepower.
We fully support and applaud Salt Lake County for their actions to address the need for substance abuse treatment services for those who are also struggling with homelessness AND combat opioid abuse. Two critical needs facing our neighbors, friends, colleagues, and community members. Thank you Salt Lake County!
1. Every 19 minutes an American dies from opioid or heroin overdose. 2. Only 10% of those who need treatment are able to get it. 3. More people are suffering from substance abuse than all the cancers combined.
First Step House is in the HOUSE! The White House that is. We were invited to attend the "Convening on Pay for Success and the Opioid Crisis," hosted by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Attendees include leaders involved in the Pay for Success model and those working to manage the opioid crisis.
Thank you Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown, Deputy Chief Joshua Scharman, and Salt Lake City Police Social Work Manager Lana Dalton for visiting First Step House and helping people access the substance use disorder treatment they need.
We support all of the men, women, families, and communities coming together to respond to the consequences of addiction. There are millions of people who have been affected by the devastation that addiction causes. And just as many people who have been affected by recovery. Recovery is a powerful agent for good. For individuals, families, children, employers, communities. And the world. We see it every day. And we hope that you do too.
Salt Lake City has never looked so good! Recovery Day 2016 was a smashing success - lots of laughter, love, music and true recovery partnerships! The voices of recovery could be heard loud and clear throught the city!
For the first time in American history the surgeon general has reached out to all physicians in our county with a call to action. "I am asking for your help to solve an urgent health crisis facing America: the opioid epidemic. Everywhere I travel, I see communities devastated by opioid overdoses. I meet families too ashamed to seek treatment for addiction." Please read this letter. Share it. Pass it on.