- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A new Salt Lake City facility is designed to help women with mental health and substance abuse disorders re-enter society after a stint in jail.

The CORE II facility, which complements the CORE program for men, is a residential treatment center with 16 beds. State Rep. Eric Hutchings, a Kearns Republican, lauded Core II’s grand opening Monday’s as a “really big deal” and a public demonstration of the changes coming to Utah’s criminal justice system.

CORE stands for Co-Occuring Re-entry and Empowerment. The men’s program is a partnership between Salt Lake County and Valley Behavioral Health and Valley residential coordinator for adult services Stefani Lazar says CORE has reduced recidivism by 67 percent among its patients.

The program can also be used as an alternative to incarnation.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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