REACH – Recovery, Engagement, Assessment, Career Development, and Housing. The REACH program utilizes the best available evidence to reduce recidivism in our community.
The REACH program is a Pay for Success project, which means that payments are made based upon hitting pre-determined outcomes. This program was launched in July of 2017 and serves adult males coming out of jail who have a high likelihood of re-offending and are diagnosed with substance use disorders. The REACH program utilizes the best available evidence for what works to reduce recidivism. The program is built upon the risk-need-responsivity model, which means that the program focuses on serving those who are the most likely to recidivate and that treatment is based upon individually addressing the factors that have the greatest impact upon reducing recidivism.
Built on the research of what works to reduce criminal recidivism, the REACH program targets factors that contribute to criminal behavior through behavioral health treatment, housing support, and case management services. The REACH program will help participants gain employment and housing, as well as establish stability in the community. The program will also reduce costs to taxpayers.
Due to the success of the project, in May of 2021, we relocated and expanded by purchasing a new 60-bed facility in Millcreek. To purchase the building, First Step House collaborated with Intermountain Healthcare and was the first-ever recipient of a loan from Intermountain’s Impact Investing program. This new facility enables us to double the capacity of the REACH program to meet the needs of our target population and the greater community.
Formerly incarcerated adult males diagnosed with a moderate to severe substance use disorder and are at high risk for additional criminal charges.
Target factors that contribute to criminal behavior through behavioral health treatment, housing support, and case management services.
“As I am getting ready to go to my good job, I see my reflection in the mirror and take a second to appreciate the fact that I like the person I see. None of this would have been possible without the REACH program.”
“When I first got to REACH, I was a wreck. I hated the life I had been living for almost a decade. I hated myself and couldn’t even make eye contact with people because I didn’t want them to see how broken I was… I truly do believe they not only saved my life – but also helped me learn the skills I need to make the most of it and truly feel alive. I LOVE REACH!”
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.
REACH serves individuals who are legally mandated to treatment. These individuals are diagnosed with a moderate to severe substance use disorder and are at high risk for additional criminal charges. REACH is built on research of what works to reduce repeated incarcerations, and it targets factors that contribute to criminal behavior. While various groups are utilized, Cognitive Behavioral Interventions – Core Adult (CBI-CA) is a core component of our program.
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.