Opportunity Arises for ASAC Growth at the Odyssey House in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Opened as a non-profit in 1971, Odyssey House has become the leading and most respected substance use provider in the state of Utah. Odyssey operates the largest continuum of care for people to access at any level of need. They provide services in multiple settings for teens, adults, mothers with children, and fathers with children.

When opened, Odyssey House was the first psychiatrically enhanced therapeutic community in the nation. Starting as a residential treatment program for men, Odyssey House has grown organically in response to trends in the community. For example, there was a large meth epidemic in the 1990’s which put many families at risk. In 2005, Odyssey opened their Fathers with Children program, and it is one of the very few operating in the Nation.

Our Clinical Director, Gayle Kelley, had an amazing opportunity to visit the Odyssey House in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was alongside individuals from IDPH, House of Mercy, Jackson Recovery and Heartland Family Services. The purpose of the visit was to observe their gender specific programming, focusing on their parent and children’s programing, which includes residential programming for fathers and their children.  Other agency programs were also looked at and much information was brought back to help ASAC better meet patient needs, especially those of men seeking residential treatment and are the primary caregiver of their children.