Map of Salt Lake County, Utah

Salt Lake County, Utah

Population: 1.15 million


Salt Lake County is the largest county in the state of Utah. The Partnership Project is led by the Salt Lake County (SLCo) Health Department (HD). During the planning phase, SLCoHD collected and analyzed internal data sets to determine the scope and environment for opioid and other drug threats in the county. Based on SLCoHD’s analyses, it is implementing the following activities:

  • Building the Social Determinants of Health Integrated Virtual Exchange (SD-HIVE), a data warehouse with a master person index (MPI) to promote data sharing and linkage across the county. Project partners include the SLCo Department of Human Services, SLCo Behavioral Health Services, the SLCo Sheriff’s Office, SLCo Criminal Justice Services, health care providers, and other community providers. Initially, SLCoHD is focusing on linking internal data sets that will be de-identified by an honest broker and connected through unique identifiers. To support SD-HIVE’s long-term stability, SLCoHD is developing a data governance structure and capacity to support adding external datasets. Internal analytics will detect hot spots and trends, harmonize county agency service delivery, evaluate interventions, and provide data for visualization on internal and external dashboards.
  • Developing a paid internship program for certified peer support specialists (CPSS) at behavioral health and social services agencies across the county. These internship placements will help CPSS fulfill their certification requirements and increase the peer workforce capacity in the county.
  • Funding a peer mentor position for individuals who experience a nonfatal overdose in the emergency department, through a partnership between Salt Lake County Behavioral Services (SLCoBHS) and Criminal Justice Services (SLCoCJS)