Recovery Management

The Long-term Recovery Management (LTRM) Program was designed to meet a critical need in our community – effective and free long-term programming for low-income and vulnerable individuals managing chronic behavioral health conditions. 

Long term recovery

Highlights of our LTRM Program

There is a continued need for effective, affordable, and long-term substance use disorder treatment and recovery support services for people in the Metro Salt Lake region that help people achieve long-term recovery versus short-term results. Research suggests that the primary challenge in treating people with substance use disorders is not helping them identify, detoxify, or quit the abuse of a substance, but rather it is helping to assure that they maintain abstinence. Patients with a chronic substance use disorder experience high rates of relapse and multiple treatment episodes due, in part, to the way services are delivered. Researchers argue that the delivery of substance abuse treatment services in the United States needs to mature. Currently, substance abuse service delivery is largely based upon an acute-care model, due in large part to the influence of traditional insurance-based funding structures on the genesis and evolution of the entire system. Leaders in the addiction field have argued that to achieve sustained recovery, substance use disorders should be treated like other chronic health conditions and address the whole person, including co-occurring disorders. Long-term outcomes for sustained recovery include increased employment income and decreased criminal justice and healthcare costs.  

Core Treatment Components

Launched in 2016, our Long-term Recovery Management (LTRM) program aims to ensure that this shift in care delivery occurs for all of the patients we serve. Our LTRM model emphasizes sustained, post-treatment recovery management to elevate long-term recovery rates, enhance the quality of personal/family life in long-term recovery, increase employment income, and ensure benefits for our community such as decreasing criminal justice and healthcare costs. We utilize the evidence-based TALER (Tracking, Assessment, Linkage, Engagement, and Retention) Protocol, Recovery Management Checkups, as well as the Contracts, Prompts, and Reinforcement program components.  


We utilize the evidence-based TALER (Tracking, Assessment, Linkage, Engagement, and Retention) Protocol, Recovery Management Checkups, as well as the Contracts, Prompts, and Reinforcement program components.  

At a Glance

Services Rendered

Recovery support groups, individual support, peer support, case management, monthly service projects, and linkage to resources to support abstinence, housing, employment, and self-sufficiency goals. 

Program Goals

For clients – sustained engagement in pro-social and recovery environments, no new legal charges, and maintained abstinence, employment, and housing. 

Continuum of care 2

Our Continuum of Care Addresses Your Individual and Whole Health Needs.

We offer a true continuum of care including evidence-based substance use disorder and mental health treatment, targeted case management, supportive employment, healthcare, and physical housing. We advocate for and case manage people from homelessness and triage to treatment completion, recovery housing, employment, permanent housing, and self-sufficiency. 

At First Step House, we recognize that treatment is necessary, but insufficient on its own for sustaining the long-term, whole health needs of an individual. Offering supportive services in conjunction with behavioral health treatment creates long-term positive outcomes for our target population. We are a research-based healthcare provider committed to transforming the cultural norms of our sector that contribute to health disparities and inaccessible or ineffective care. 


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What does LTRM offer?

The main components of the LTRM program include individual peer support, support groups, recreational activities, and opportunities to give back to the community through service projects.

Do I have to pay for LTRM?

LTRM is a free program available to clients who have received services from First Step House.

How long does the program last?

LTRM is an ongoing after care program for clients who have received services from First Step House. Our clients can utilize LTRM for as long and often as they would like to on a voluntary basis after they complete treatment.

Can I participate in LTRM while I’m in Outpatient?

Each client that is enrolled in First Step House Outpatient will join LTRM four weeks before completing outpatient treatment. Clients cannot enroll in LTRM before that, as it is after care.

Take The First Step

Help is Waiting for You at First Step House

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.