OPERATION RIO GRANDE
A COLLABORATIVE THREE-PHASE PLAN TO RESTORE PUBLIC SAFETY AND IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT FOR THOSE SEEKING SERVICES IN THE RIO GRANDE DISTRICT OF SALT LAKE CITY
 
 

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Intergenerational Poverty Update

The Operation Rio Grande website has been updated with the latest data for each of the phases. To view the latest information and data, visit operationriogrande.utah.gov.

In addition, the first group of participants in the Salt Lake County’s Operation Rio Grande drug court program graduated on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

For more details, see below.

Updates - November 1, 2018
Data updates

The Operation Rio Grande website continues to be updated monthly with the latest data on measures for each of the three phases. In addition, a more expanded data snapshot was provided at the one-year mark of Operation Rio Grande.

Additional measures have been added to the Phase 2 tracking sheet to provide a better understanding of the work that continues to take place with treatment. One of the major accomplishments associated with Operation Rio Grande was the Targeted Adult Medicaid waiver that was approved November 1, 2017. The number of individuals being enrolled in Salt Lake County and the total number are now included in the tracking sheet. With this waiver approval and the additional beds being added to the system, several individuals experiencing homelessness and associated with Operation Rio Grande are now able to access behavioral health treatment services. The latest numbers show more than 1,100 individuals have accessed treatment services with a Salt Lake County provider since Operation Rio Grande began (and this does not include all the individuals who have accessed treatment with non-county contract providers). This number will continue to be tracked and included in the Phase 2 tracking sheet.
OPERATION RIO GRANDE  PHASE 2 TRACKING. OVERALL OUTCOME: Support people struggling with mental illness & drug addiction so they can return to a path of self reliance.  ADDITIONAL MEASUREMENTS MEASUREMENT: Number of individuals entering into treatment through the new drug court program as a result of Operation Rio Grande. The number is influenced by bed capacity and assessment activities. ADDITIONAL MEASUREMENTS: September 2018 0 Beds added. 11 Behavioral health assessments.

First group to graduate from Operation Rio Grande drug court

The first group of participants in Salt Lake County’s Operation Rio Grande drug court program graduated at a ceremony on Wednesday, October 17. The cohort is made up of 15 people who have completed the rigorous, evidence-based program. The county’s drug court has a 70 percent retention rate, showing participants are sticking with the program, staying sober and getting back on their feet.

Learn more about the graduation and one individual that has a new life as a result by clicking here.


Photo of Destiny Garcia, who has graduated from the Drug Court program in Operation Rio Grande.

Unsheltered Population Concerns

Unsheltered individuals and groups continue to be a concern with the colder weather conditions approaching. From the beginning of Operation Rio Grande, we expected that some of our service-resistant individuals would find new areas to camp. As a result, Operation Rio Grande partners have been mobilizing outreach efforts and coordinating cleanup projects. In addition, the Department of Public Safety is responding to requests from local law enforcement agencies for added support whenever necessary. This includes efforts to stop drug trafficking movements into other areas.

If someone witnesses non-emergency criminal activity related to Operation Rio Grande or homelessness, please notify the local police department first. They will coordinate with Public Safety if additional support is needed. If it is an emergency, please call 911

For more information, visit www.operationriogrande.utah.gov.

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