Mayor Jenny Wilson joins National Association of Counties’ Familiar Faces Leadership Network to expand data-sharing efforts across behavioral health and justice systems

Announced this week, Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson is joining a select group of local officials as the inaugural cohort of the National Association of Counties’ Familiar Faces Leadership Network for their commitment to improving life outcomes for high-needs residents with complex behavioral health conditions.

The Familiar Faces Initiative (FFI): Improving Outcomes through Coordinated Health and Justice Systems was launched in May of this year by the National Association of Counties to support and empower communities to share data between health and justice systems and coordinate care options for individuals with complex health and behavioral health conditions who frequently cycle through jails, homeless shelters, emergency departments and other crisis services.

Mayor Wilson has led Salt Lake County in efforts to improve life outcomes for residents who have become familiar faces to county services and providers and has joined this network to strengthen and expand Salt Lake County’s ability to share cross-system data to identify familiar faces and align systems to improve outcomes for the highest-need residents.

“Since I’ve been in public office, it’s been a top priority of mine to better meet the needs of our most vulnerable and underserved residents. The human and economic impacts of repeatedly cycling through emergency services are high, but Salt Lake County continues to make progress in funding solutions like affordable housing and mental and behavioral services. I’m proud to join this network, share our successes, and learn from leaders across the country to better serve our residents,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson.

As a participant of the Familiar Faces Leadership Network, Mayor Wilson will engage with fellow elected officials from across the country who are building similar efforts in their jurisdictions. They will participate in peer site visits to communities with model data-sharing practices and receive technical assistance from FFI Advisory Board members.