Highlights of Additional Programs
Employment Preparation and Placement Program
First Step House developed and launched the Employment Preparation and Placement (EPP) program in 2018 to address the specific supportive employment needs of no and low-income individuals, including Veterans, with chronic substance use disorders, co-occurring mental health conditions, histories of homelessness, and criminal justice involvement. This program is based on the evidence-based Individual Placement and Support (IPS) supported employment model and its eight principles:
- Competitive employment
- Systematic job development
- Rapid job search
- Integrated services
- Benefits planning
- Zero exclusion
- Time-unlimited supports
- Worker preferences
Our EPP program supports individuals in obtaining meaningful, long-term employment that fits their specific needs, skills, experience, education, interests, and goals. We believe that work is a part of recovery and that employment should be a mutually beneficial and fulfilling experience for both the employer and employee. This is why we work hard to discover the needs of local businesses in order to find the best match possible for all parties involved. Our supportive employment program seeks to improve the quality of life for each individual we serve, and to help each business we connect with achieve their goals.
In addition to rapid engagement and placement in competitive jobs, this model is tied to clinical treatment services. In other words, the participant’s clinical team participates, in a hands-on way, with their vocational services, assisting with on-the-job problem solving, and making recommendations to remain stable in their employment.
- Contact: Jenny Springman, Program Manager
- Office: 801-359-8862 X2188
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our medical team provides immediate, on-site, and integrated services to meet the healthcare needs of our patients receiving behavioral health treatment. First Step House participants arrive at our doorstep directly from homelessness, the state hospital, or incarceration, with little or no income and many barriers to overcome, including chronic substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions, a lack of insurance, no established care, and decades of neglected health conditions.
Launched in 2018, this program utilizes registered nurses, including an advanced practice registered nurse, and medical technicians to effectively address our patients’ medical needs at each stage of their engagement (admission, treatment, and discharge) through the following activities:
- Administer health risk assessments
- Review medication and healthcare needs
- Meet with patients for medical visits
- Develop individualized primary care plans
- Share primary care plans with necessary behavioral health clinicians, medical services staff, and community medical partners (Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Fourth Street Clinic, etc.)
- Conduct patient education and prevention services
- Develop discharge plans to include aftercare for all medical conditions
- Create long-term care plan follow-up
Peer Support Services
The Peer Support Services Program provides peer-based supportive services, delivered by certified peer support specialists, to reduce barriers to substance use disorder recovery and increase recovery stability. Services include assisting clients with creating and implementing a Wellness and Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), life skills and community resource classes, housing support, employment support, recovery coaching, and assertive linkage with community-based recovery resources. Program services result in the development of prosocial relationships and activities, housing stability, increased access to community resources, enhanced life skills, improved employment, reduced drug and alcohol use, positive behavior changes, increased knowledge of and access to resources and benefits, and improved health and wellness.
Support from peer support specialists complement, but do not duplicate or replace treatment from therapists and case managers. Peer support specialists’ model effective coping techniques, inspire clients and help them effectively progress toward recovery, dispel myths about behavioral health conditions, provide self-help education, and link clients to beneficial resources/tools. Research shows that peer support services create a positive and long-lasting impact for people with chronic behavioral health conditions and the greater community, leading to fewer crises/hospitalizations, less substance use, improved living circumstances, enhanced income and health, improved employment and housing, increased ability to cope, and reduced relapse and homelessness.
Homeless Resource Center Program
The First Step House Resource Center Program provides services to individuals at the Men’s Homeless Resource Center, which is located at 3380 South 1000 West, South Salt Lake, UT 84119. In coordination with the Road Home of the Men’s Homeless Resource Center, First Step House staff provide on-site behavioral health assessment, referral to First Step House and other treatment providers, and peer support services to help people experiencing homelessness, substance use disorders, and mental health conditions access the support they need. Through this program, we provide triage and stabilization as well as conduct assessments, make referrals to treatment, offer support services, and provide case management.