Odyssey House doubles residential treatment beds

MILLCREEK, Utah (News4Utah) Using money directly tied to the Medicaid expansion waiver, one of the state's largest addiction treatment providers doubles the capacity of residential beds.

Odyssey House aims to treat people in the third phase of Operation Rio Grande by opening one of three different therapeutic communities Thursday. 

After getting addicted to pain medication as a teen, Katie Covieo spent the next 15 years either in prison or homeless and using heroin. 

"I had no structure. I had no support. I had no meaningful relationships in my life," said Covieo. 

Long-term treatment at an Odyssey House residential center changed her life.

"I went back to school. I have a great job. I have my own apartment. I have relationships in my life that mean something to me," said Covieo. 

The new 83-bed residential treatment facility is located at 3944 S. 400 E. in Millcreek. 

"It's real people getting better, one life at a time. That's what counts," said Odyssey House CEO Adam Cohen. 

The facility will provide therapy and education to Utahns struggling with addiction, including people experiencing homelessness referred through Operation Rio Grande.

"It was about bringing resources and treatment to people who need it. That is the fiscally responsible and humane way to bring solutions," said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said.

Advocates argue the expansion will have a major impact on the war against the opioid epidemic. Those who know best, agree it will change lives.

"This is wonderful," Covieo said. 

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