Vegas Stronger

Vegas Stronger. There is a Solution.

aka Vegas Stronger   |   Las Vegas, NV   |  https://vegasstronger.org/

Mission

The mission of Vegas Stronger is to eradicate homelessness by treating substance use disorder and co-occurring mental illness in our homeless population. We facilitate restoration to wholeness for individuals, families, and our community by creating awareness and providing access to empirically reliable remedies. Our vision is that every homeless person in the Las Vegas area is provided an easily accessible pathway to better health through an individualized recovery process. Our intention is to provide treatment to the homeless that is equivalent to or greater than treatment found in affluent neighborhoods given to wealthy individuals.

Ruling year info

2014

President

David Marlon

Main address

840 South Rancho Blvd. Ste 4323

Las Vegas, NV 89106 USA

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EIN

47-2059555

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA, a component of the National Institutes of Health within the US Department of Health and Human Services), healthcare providers in Nevada wrote nearly 2.2 Million opioid prescriptions in 2017 or 73 opioids for every 100 persons in the state, 24% above the national average of just under 59 per person. There were 13.3 opioid related deaths per 100,000 persons with the highest number by far being related to opioids prescribed by medical providers. 3 babies per 1,000 were born addicted, more than twice the rate from just six years earlier. The numbers are staggering and the increase in both opioid addiction and opioid related deaths has been catastrophic. Tragically, the numbers only reflect the tip of the iceberg relative to the vast devastation visited upon opioid addicted people, and the overall cost to society in healthcare expense and lost productivity as well as quality of life.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Solution to the Opioid Crisis

We are an outpatient facility acting as the hub and clearinghouse for essential elements of recovery. Services offered to our clients are: Counseling (Intensive Outpatient Program [IOP], Outpatient Program [OP], individual counseling, family counseling); Medication-Assisted Treatment; Case Management; Drug Testing; Primary Care Provider (referral); Housing assistance (referral); Spirituality; Peer Support; Recovery Meetings; Salon Services; Fitness Services (yoga and boxing); Nutritional services; and Service to Others (Volunteerism). We are the hub and clearinghouse for these services and offer them to clients housed in our community partners’ facilities including detoxification facilities, sober living homes, and homeless shelters. Joined with our community partners, we provide treatment from outreach through detoxification and stabilization to aftercare and integration back into the community.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

How many homeless people have received recovery services?

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our nonprofit just started offering recovery service to the homeless. We started in December 2020 with one client who, as of this date has stayed in recovery.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of Vegas Stronger is to reverse the devastation caused to our homeless population by opioid and stimulant use disorder. When our services are fully implemented, we will be the hub and clearinghouse for essential elements of recovery of these disorders. These services include: yoga classes, drug testing, case management, counseling, intensive outpatient programs (IOP), 12-step meetings, nutrition services, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), psychiatry, and occupational therapy. We are removing funding constraints and supplying the full range of services included in our program for free. Our treatments are offered to anyone regardless of age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, religion, or any other social or personal characteristics.

The Vegas Stronger program will be 30 to 90 days of intensive outpatient treatment followed by up to a full year of occupational therapy during the day and a combination of counseling and 12-Step meetings during the evenings. We will ensure housing and employment transition and training to all program participants and will link those clients to crucial social service agencies. Vitamin, nutrition, and fitness support will be offered in tandem with the housing, counseling, and occupational services to optimize outcomes.

Utilizing our network of community partners, Vegas Stronger will unite medication, therapeutic treatment, case management, housing and work training, along with a wide variety of social services to create an effective web we are certain will greatly diminish detrimental impacts from the opioid epidemic. Utilizing data aggregation and analysis we will track and monitor each client through a series of milestones and related metrics. This data compilation and tracking will include urinalysis, clinical markers and progress through abstinence and employability. By tracking program outcomes, we will have created an efficacious program that can be scaled for expansion and implementation at a state and federal level.

In order to achieve the desired outcome - that every opioid addicted person will be provided an easily accessible pathway to seek out, find and live their own best life through an individualized recovery process – a robust hub-and-spoke network of community partners will be required.

The proposed Vegas Stronger Network includes the Las Vegas Rescue Mission for immediate housing, food, and counseling services; Crossroads Treatment Center for detoxification service and rehabilitation treatment; Silver State Health Services for Primary Healthcare; Catholic Charities for Food, Housing, Rehabilitation and Counseling services; Veterans Village of Las Vegas for holistic, comprehensive housing for Veterans; Goodwill Enterprises of Southern Nevada for vocational training and placement, and the UNLV School of Social Work for evaluation of outcome.

Vegas Stronger will be the hub and clearinghouse for facilitating allocation of these various crucial services to those suffering from opioid addiction. We will provide project management services, communications and public relations, fundraising as well as data collection and analysis. Medication delivery will include state of the art non-opioid-based Medication Assisted Treatment with Naltrexone in oral, injectable and implantable versions as well as psychotropics (i.e. generic Abilify, Seroquel, Risperdal, etc.) in oral and injectable versions to address co-occurring needs.

There will be a beta cohort of 100 homeless or sheltered opioid addicts who will be provided detoxification, Naltrexone, rehabilitation therapy, housing, nutrition and access to physical fitness training.

Results will be Measurable, utilizing established metrics and done in HIPAA compliant fashion and in conjunction with the UNLV School of Social Work.

We will ensure results are Achievable with the use of established medication assisted treatment protocols and the help of community partners.

We are certain the desired outcomes are Realistic in that we have established Memorandums of Understanding and Business Associate Agreements with our community partners and both they and the team at Vegas Strong each have a solid history of success.

Lastly, we have established a reasonable Time parameter in which to achieve the initial phase – a six-month period commencing on January 1st, 2020.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve homeless individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently started collecting data and in the analyzation process.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our clients know which services work best and which they will be more likely to engage in. We value all feedback because the more knowledgeable we are about how effective our services are, the better our program will become.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Sometimes it's difficult to find our homeless clients.,

Financials

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Vegas Stronger

Board of directors
as of 06/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Marlon