Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams will join mental health and substance abuse treatment partners to open a new community facility for adult women leaving incarceration but who need structured support as they seek to reenter the community.
McAdams and Valley Behavioral Health CEO Gary Larcenaire will cut the ribbon to the 16-bed residential home in Salt Lake City on Monday, Sept. 21st, at the CORE II facility. CORE stands for Co-occurring Reentry & Empowerment.
McAdams said the opening is made possible with $750,000 in funding from the Justice Reinvestment Initiative approved by the Utah legislature this year. The county and Valley Behavioral Health have partnered for several years on a CORE residential program for adult male offenders. CORE is a transition-focused program to help individuals with mental illness and substance abuse prepare to reenter the community and avoid returning to jail. Clients who lack resources will get help with safe housing and will also be able to get community counseling after leaving the CORE II facility.