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Salt Lake City’s fire department deploys social workers help address mental health needs.

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The man is deeply tanned, in his mid-sixties and lives in a park near the Jordan River. He doesn’t wear a shirt or shoes. His feet are injured and swollen.

You are concerned about the man. Does he need help? Does he have enough water to stay hydrated? What do you do when you’re concerned about a stranger’s wellbeing?

One Salt Lake City resident worried about just such a man left a message with the city that was passed on to the Salt Lake City Fire Department’s Community Health Access Team (CHAT).

Two of the teams’ members, Natasha Thomas and Sarah Bohe, responded to the referral on a July afternoon. The man was easy to find and after telling Bohe and Thomas that he was receiving treatment for his feet, he asked for a day or two’s worth of food and water. After a quick trip to Smith’s to pick up sandwiches and a couple of gallons of water, they promised to return in a week.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) A man is given food and water by Salt Lake City Fire Department CHAT members Natasha Thomas and Sarah Bohe.

The CHAT team is made up of the three social workers — Shannon Luckart, Sarah Bohe and Natasha Thomas. They help the city’s unsheltered population connect to services. They also accompany firefighters on mental health crisis, substance use disorder, and medical calls. Rather than sending someone with a mental health issue to a hospital

Cold Lake shopping for healthcare clinic in hopes of attracting medical doctors

The City of Cold Lake wants to purchase and operate this medical clinic through an arms-length corporation.  (City of Cold Lake  - image credit)

The Metropolis of Chilly Lake would like to obtain and work this healthcare clinic as a result of an arms-duration corporation. (City of Chilly Lake – picture credit history)

Chilly Lake council would like to purchase a neighborhood health-related clinic in hopes that it will assistance entice much more medical professionals to appear to a neighborhood where by 40 for each cent of inhabitants deficiency accessibility to a family members health practitioner.

The metropolis options to expend $1.85 million to acquire the Glacier Gate Professional medical Clinic from two doctors who are leaving Cold Lake.

A 5-person board of directors would run the clinic as a for-profit municipally controlled company or MCC, at arms-duration from the town. The developing also residences a pharmacy.

“The time for staying on the sidelines whilst providing significant taxpayer funding in the hopes of resolving these concerns in the local well being-care technique is above,” the draft organization strategy states.

“Somewhat than remain a passive observer and a supply of recruitment funding, the Town of Chilly Lake is now looking to create a strong foothold in the energetic recruitment of physicians so that it can impact alter for the community that will satisfy its wellness-care demands.”

Chilly Lake Mayor Craig Copeland reported the town would like to expand the variety of physicians, not just change all those who retire or shift away.

“What council’s eyesight listed here was, let’s get in listed here, let us get a foot in the door, let’s find out how to run a clinic,” Copeland explained.

City of Cold Lake

City of Chilly Lake

“The notion is to get a number of additional doctors in the group to acquire the strain off our existing medical professionals for the reason that we experience that they are just overtaxed.”

A municipal census carried out in 2022

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