Operation Rio Grande Update | November 2 | Medicaid Waiver | ID Cards

The Pioneer Park Coalition received the following email today from Utah Dept. of Workforce Services. To receive your own Operation Rio Grande updates, click the link at the bottom of the email.

Operation Rio Grande Update | Medicaid Waiver | ID Cards

Two significant events have occurred since the last update. First, the Medicaid waiver was approved for the state of Utah. Second, the safe space began requiring the coordinated service card for access into the area. Both of these developments are significant components of phases one and two of the operation. A lot of work from several partners made each of these achievements take place.

For more details, view the updates below:

Medicaid Waiver

On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its approval of Utah’s Medicaid waiver. This announcement is critical to phase two of Operation Rio Grande in order for more treatment centers to begin offering services for Medicaid members. For more information, click here. For the Department of Health’s Frequently Asked Questions document, click here.

Medicaid Waivers for Utah

Media Coverage:

The Salt Lake Tribune

Deseret News

Fox 13

Good4Utah

KSL TV

Safe Space Courtyard

On Friday, Oct. 27, the Safe Space Courtyard began requiring the coordinated services card for access into the area. With fencing up, card stations ready to go, tent and tables installed, and staffing ready, the space began operations. So far, 1,475 coordinated services cards have been distributed with 192 of them being reissued cards.

Department of Workforce Services has coordinated closely with The Road Home and Catholic Community Services on card access points. With the opening of the Safe Space Courtyard, Workforce Services’ staff have made the point to listen to individuals receiving cards, find out concerns and make accommodations when appropriate.

ID Card checkpoint at Safe Space on Rio Grande Rio Grand Safe Space Rio Grand Safe Space in Salt Lake
Media coverage:
KUTV

Good4Utah

Law Enforcement
  • Department of Public Safety (DPS) continues to do outreach to people who live in the Rio Grande area and to neighboring communities. Three meetings have been conducted to answer questions, discuss any concerns and collect input. These meetings are going a long way with better relationships between law enforcement those utilizing services in the area. For a complete DPS update, click here.
  • Make sure to watch the DPS video about safer access to services. Click below:

    https://youtu.be/cJPvWNTsG2c

Additional Updates

  • The next assessment day at the Salt Lake County Jail is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9 for the purpose of identifying candidates for drug court. So far, more than 80 assessments have been completed with over 400 individuals screened. The retention rate for individuals who have successfully gone before the drug court is at 80 percent.
  • Cleanup efforts of encampments along the Jordan River Parkway and other known locations has resulted in more than 200 tons of garbage being removed. This week is the final week of clean up before the winter season. However, the team is currently working on a winter action plan.
  • Salt Lake County Health Department would like to thank all the volunteers and specifically the Utah Department of Corrections and the Utah Department of Transportation. Both played a vital role in the cleanup process.
  • Jordan River Parkway Cleanup

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Good Neighbor Awards 2017 | Bryson Garbett | REALTOR® Magazine

REALTOR® Magazine 2017 Good Neighbor Awards | Bryson Garbett

REALTOR® magazine has completed it’s 18th annual REALTOR® magazine Good Neighbor Awards. The Pioneer Park Coalition is proud to announce that our Chairman, Bryson Garbett, is one of the five winners of this prestigious award!

The National Association of REALTORS®’ annual program recognizes REALTORS® who’ve made an extraordinary commitment to their communities through volunteer work.

Five winners will be announced in the November/December issue of REALTOR® magazine and at the 2017 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Chicago. The winners receive a $10,000 grant for their community cause, national publicity, travel expenses to the convention, and a crystal trophy.

“REALTORS® have a unique approach with their charitable giving,” says Stacey Moncrieff, REALTOR® Magazine Vice President of Business-to-Business Communications. “REALTORS® strive to empower people, families and neighborhoods to grow and achieve their highest potential.”

Bryson Garbett tells the story of how his charitable foundation, Escalera, was founded. In 1997, his family was set to take a family vacation. The planned trip was the one kids all over dream about: Disney World. At the same time, Bryson’s wife Jan had heard about opportunities for families to travel abroad to volunteer in third world countries and work together to help local residents in need of basic services. The Garbetts put the decision to their children. The questions? “Should we go to Disney World? Or go volunteer in Mexico?” The decision was unanimous. The kids chose Mexico and it was a trip that would change the course of their lives.

Watch this video to see how the rest of the story unfolded.

Escalara’s vision from their website is,

“We envision a world where everyone has access to a quality education, is aware of this opportunity, and has the resources to take advantage of it. Our work is grounded in the knowledge that an education gives people choices and leads the way to a better and healthier life. Educated moms and dads raise educated sons and daughters. It’s a cycle. The world still has problems, but billions of former students are tackling them.”

We are grateful to have Bryson Garbett as our Chairman and want to congratulate him on this award. He is truly a good neighbor in every sense of the word.

 

Operation Rio Grande is Working | Op-Ed by PPC member Nicole Thomas

Operation Rio Grande is WORKING! That is the bottom line of the op-ed written by Pioneer Park Coalition member Nicole Thomas and published in the Deseret News October 5th, 2017.

Nicole Thomas, owner of Gateway Bridal in the Rio Grande area of Salt Lake City

Nicole is the owner and founder of Gateway Bridal & Prom and LatterDayBride & Prom. Her story in the Rio Grande area began almost two decades ago.

Gateway Bridal located in the Rio Grande and Pioneer Park neighborhood of Salt Lake City

Operation Rio Grande is WORKING!

Her op-ed begins,

“For over 18 years I have lived or worked in the Pioneer Park/Rio Grande neighborhood. In 2008 I moved my store at the time, LatterDayBride & Prom, to the south end of The Gateway, directly across from the homeless shelter.

While there I interacted frequently with those experiencing homelessness. There were regulars in the area I came to know well. Four years ago, however, I started to notice a significant change in the demographic of the neighborhood. There was an influx of criminals and those looking only for drugs.

I became more and more frustrated with the lawlessness that overwhelmed the neighborhood. If you did not see it firsthand, you will have a hard time believing how bad things became.

Unfortunately, too many of our community leaders came to accept the status quo or chose not to see it. They had given up on providing residents and businesses here with the same level of basic safety every neighborhood in Utah should have.

During this time my lease with The Gateway expired. While I didn’t want to move, I could not stay; the anarchy was simply too much. So last September I moved to a spot immediately north of Pioneer Park. It was not far from where I had been because I wanted to be part of the solution in helping this area thrive.”

Read the rest of Nicole’s fabulous op-ed on how those living and working in the Rio Grande and Pioneer Park communities have seen the positive change Operation Rio Grande has brought to the area in the Deseret News HERE.

To find out more about the mission of the Pioneer Park Coalition and how you can be a part of the solution, click HERE.

Operation Rio Grande Update | Salt Lake City | Pioneer Park Coalition

The following is an Operation Rio Grande email update received by the Pioneer Park Coalition on September 25th, 2017.

Intergenerational Poverty Update

Operation Rio Grande has been in place for six weeks. Phase one, which focused primarily on law enforcement, has been extremely successful in arresting dangerous criminals and disrupting the drug trafficking and usage in the area. The Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement anticipated the issue of encampments spreading to other areas and respond to every report that comes in of new encampments.

Phase two, assessment and treatment, began a few weeks after phase one as new treatment beds came available. Additionally, a new specialty court began for individuals arrested from the operation to help divert individuals to treatment. Phase two is essential to the success of the operation and will continue as more treatment beds come available.

Next steps for the operation includes:

  • Opening the designated “Safe Space” for individuals seeking services in the Rio Grande area.

  • More treatment beds coming available resulting in more assessments and drug court appearances.

  • Continued clean up of encampments that have spread to other areas.

  • Building of the final phase, Dignity of Work.

This update is scheduled to occur weekly until all the three phases are fully operational and all the pieces are in place. At that point, the update will become monthly until there is no longer the need.

Operation Rio Grande Updates

Safe Space

  • Outreach continues to individuals in homelessness within the Rio Grande Area

  • ID card education will take place Sept. 25-29

  • Plans for opening the safe space

    • Oct. 2-6: Soft opening where the area is open to the public and cards will be distributed

    • Oct. 10: The safe space will go live where ID cards will be required for entry

  • Fencing and a shaded space have been installed

 Operation Rio Grande safe space update

Special Session

  • Two bills related to Operation Rio Grande passed overwhelmingly by the Utah State Legislature during the special session on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

    • HB 1001 S01 Operation Rio Grande Funding Amendments

    • HB 1002 S01 Road Closure Amendments

  • The Deseret News Editorial Board shared the following about the passing of these two bills.

Treatment and Recovery

  • Of the 37 treatment beds that became available on Sept. 7, all are now filled with individuals that were arrested as a result of Operation Rio Grande.

  • On Sept. 14, a new specialty court was announced to support the efforts of Operation Rio Grande. So far, there are 35 active drug court participants.

  • In October, another big assessment day is planned to connect additional eligible and appropriate individuals to this evidence-based structured court program.  Program participants will be linked to 25 new residential treatment beds opening at Odyssey House.

  • On Wednesday, Sept. 27, the Other Side Academy will be in the Salt Lake County Jail to educate ORG inmates about their vocational program.  The Other Side Academy is a two-year vocational, pro-social, life skills program where eligible students gain experience in a trade.  It is not a substance use or mental health treatment program.

Operation Rio Grande update in Salt Lake CityClick image for link to press conference at the Matheson Court House on Sept. 14

Encampments

  • The Department of Public Safety continues to coordinate responses to encampment reports. Each report is taken seriously with a response team and cleanups are scheduled as needed.

  • The public are encouraged to call their local police department regarding any concerns of homeless encampments.

  • Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County meet on a weekly basis to coordinate cleanups for the week.  Last week, a large cleanup was conducted along the Jordan River (from 4000 to 4500 South).  Cleanup of encampments will continue this Thursday and Friday, Sept. 28-29.  Cleanups will continue to occur in other parts of Salt Lake City this week as well.

Dignity of Work

The plan for phase of three of the operation is coming together and will be shared the last week of October.

For more information, visit www.operationriogrande.utah.gov.

Utah Highway Patrol: A First Hand Account of Operation Rio Grande

Looking for an insiders view of Operation Rio Grande? These guys are out there day in and day out. Check out this great short video where the Utah Highway Patrol offers a first-hand account of Operation Rio Grande and it’s effectiveness.

UHP Troopers Give First Hand Account of Operation Rio Grande

“Operation Rio Grande is Saving Lives” by Pamela Atkinson

Longtime homeless advocate Pamela Atkinson says, “Operation Rio Grande is saving lives.” We couldn’t agree more.

Read More:Pamela Atkinson says Operation Rio Grande is saving lives

http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/26/pamela-atkinson-operation-rio-grande-is-saving-lives/

The Pioneer Park Coalition Applauds Operation Rio Grande

The Pioneer Park Coalition 

The Pioneer Park Coalition in Salt Lake City Utah

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE

Neighborhood Residents, Businesses,     & Advocates Applaud Operation Rio Grande

Salt Lake City, Utah – August 17, 2017

Residents, businesses, and advocates of Utah’s Rio Grande neighborhood support efforts by the State of Utah, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, and other jurisdictions to combat lawlessness through “Operation Rio Grande.” This operation, which began Monday, is an effort to address crime in the area, while improving the provision of services to homeless residents, including children.

“We have grown sick of the ongoing violence in this neighborhood,” said Susana Clar, a resident. “Finally, we are beginning to feel safe again. I pray that these efforts will continue and that state and local governments are serious about maintaining this presence until this issue is solved.”

State and local officials have told the Pioneer Park Coalition that Operation Rio Grande is intended to last roughly two years and is focused on restoring public order and providing services to people experiencing homelessness.

“I commend law enforcement officials and our state and local governments for responding to our pleas to enforce the law here,” explained local business owner Tiffanie Provost. “We just want the same basic level of safety and decency that exists anywhere else in this state.”

“The children of the Rio Grande area desperately needed this action,” stated Dr. Clotilde Houchon, a long-time advocate for children experiencing homelessness in the area. “Having predators and criminals in the same spaces as kids was a recipe for disaster. I am also encouraged by the Operation’s emphasis on respecting civil rights and getting people the services they need.”

The Pioneer Park Coalition is an alliance of residents and businesses of the Rio Grande seeking to create a safe community and improve services for the homeless.

Rio Grande homeless assessment: Half from outside Utah, many have been to jail or prison – SL Trib

New data released by Salt Lake County and the Collective Impact Steering
Committee gives new insight into Salt Lake’s homeless population. The report highlights key demographics, reasons for being homeless and more. Read the full article and report at sltrib.com 

Future of Cities: Homelessness

Future of Cities Event

Film Screening & Panel Discussion on Homelessness in SLC this Week

The PPC and Impact HUB Salt Lake invite you to a special film screening and panel discussion on homelessness in SLC.

 
The following 2 events are part of the #FutureofCities week-long event series, September 26-30, across fifteen North American Cities on topics of local impact. Please follow these links and plan to attend. Your awareness and educated opinion are critical to solving the problems facing Utah.

 

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Wednesday, September 28, 7:00-9:00 PM
Impact HUB Salt Lake, 150 S. State Street, SLC


Join us for the documentary film screening of Dogtown Redemption this Wednesday at 7:00pm.

This film explores the complex dynamics of race, class, and systemic poverty as it tells the story of four recyclers in Oakland who struggle to survive in a neighborhood already decimated by unemployment, addiction, and violence. Following the screening, film director, Amir Sotani will join us for a live Q&A about the film.

FREE& OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. TICKETS ARE LIMITED.
VIEW TRAILER & GET TICKETS HERE:
http://saltlake.impacthub.net/event/documentary-film-screening-dogtown-redemption/

Doors Open: 7:00pm
Screening Begins: 7:30pm
The film is 60 minutes

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Town Hall: Homelessness

Thursday, September 29, 6:00-9:00PM
Impact HUB Salt Lake, 150 S. State Street, SLC


In this Town Hall, meet key players in mental health, crime, and the economy in Utah. Come learn about the complex factors of this issue and how you can co-create solutions to help our community.

Moderator:

  • Angela Brown | Executive Editor, SLUG Magazine

Panelists:

  • Shaleane Gee | Director of Special Projects & Partnerships, Salt Lake County
  • David Litvack | Deputy Chief of Staff, Salt Lake City
  • Josh Scharman | Deputy Chief of Police, SLCPD
  • Kathy Bray | President & CEO, Volunteers of America Utah
  • Matt Minkevitch | Executive Director, The Road Home
  • Bryson Garbett | Founder & President, Garbett Homes

EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
PLEASE RSVP HERE:
http://saltlake.impacthub.net/event/impact-hub-town-hall-homelessness/

For more information send us a message!

PPC August Membership Meeting with Mayor Ben McAdams

At the August PPC Membership meeting Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams presented a newly proposed action plan to reduce homelessness. PPC Technology Director, Sean Halls, also presents to the coalition regarding innovations in technology which could be applied to social services in America. To learn more about the Salt Lake County Process visit their site here.