First Step House has evolved into a co-occurring capable, behavioral health treatment and housing provider.
First Step House was incorporated in 1958 by members of Alcoholics Anonymous, who focused on rehabilitating those struggling with alcohol abuse. The founders started our program in a dilapidated house located in downtown Salt Lake City. The owner of the original 12-room, vacant house agreed to allow the building to be used rent free for six months, if the residents would remodel the building during their stay. First Step House has changed significantly since its inception. However, we remain committed to working within our community to address the challenge of addiction, mental health, homelessness, and criminal justice involvement.
Vocational support and community partnerships were key components of our original establishment and continue to be essential to our programming today. Presently, we offer a variety of treatment, housing, healthcare, and employment services that are tailored to the needs of the individual.
Officially Incorporated by members of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Purchased 411 N. Grant St. as a residential treatment facility.
Received 501c3 Status by the IRS.
First recovery residence facility purchased.
Launched first treatment program to serve homeless Veterans.
Launched our outpatient program.
Launched housing case management program.
Launched our long-term recovery management program.
440 S. 500 E. opened as a Veterans residential treatment facility.
Launched the Pay for Success, REACH, Program.
Launched our peer support, medical, and supportive employment program.
Began operating and providing Veterans-specific services at Valor House for 72 beds.
Added 36 residential treatment beds to 440 S. 500 E.
950 E. 3300 S. purchased as a 60-bed residential treatment facility for the REACH program.
Completed construction on and opened Central City Apartments.
Completed construction on and opened Medina Place Apartments.
Our primary target population consists of no and low-income individuals, including Veterans, diagnosed with substance use disorders, with a large portion diagnosed with co-occurring mental health conditions. Nearly all of our recipients have experienced unemployment, homelessness, primary health concerns, and involvement in the justice system as a result of these conditions. Through our programs and services, we serve over 1,200 individuals per year who arrive at our doorstep with very little resources, lack of family support, and numerous barriers to overcome.
Our vision is guided by our desire to meet the needs of the people we serve in the most effective manner possible. This drives us to deliver evidence-based and client-centered care, develop housing capacity, and deliver robust case management and supportive employment services. We have evolved with the behavioral health treatment fields, acquiring new knowledge and gaining a deeper understanding of the strategies and models that are effective at helping people address their whole health needs and become stable in their lives.
In recent years, these changes have driven us to implement a recovery-oriented system of care that spans the continuum of care across pre-treatment, treatment entry, recovery initiation, housing, and long-term recovery management. This continuum is anchored in a chronic disease management approach. Because client care is so important to us, our vision is to touch as many lives as possible in our community using the highest quality services available.
Visit our Admissions Department today to learn more about our treatment, case management, and housing programs. We provide comprehensive and client-centered services to help people build productive, meaningful, and healthy lives.