195 North 1950 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84116801-538-3939www.dsamh.utah.govOctober 2010
Utah’s Drug Courts:
Drug Court Works! Data collected by DSAMHshows:Over 12,000 Utahns have participated, or areparticipating in Drug Courts in UtahDrug Court participation has grown 34%from 2001 to 2010Almost 7,000 Utahns have graduated from aDrug Court64% of participants graduated from DrugCourt in
scal year (FY) 2010 compared toapproximately 39% of the general treatmentpopulation who completed treatment success-fully in FY201073% of participants received outpatient treat-ment in FY201017% of participants received intensive outpa-tient treatment in FY201010% of participants received residential treat-ment in FY2010Drug Courts and Drug Boards, through the coordinat-ed effort of the judiciary, prosecution, legal defense,•••••••probation, law enforcement, social services and thetreatment community, offer nonviolent, drug abusingoffenders intensive court-supervised drug treatmentas an alternative to jail or prison. These intensiveservices are provided in coordination among the par-ticipating agencies to those individuals identi
ed athigh risk for recidivism and in high need of substanceabuse treatment services. Successful completion of Drug Court results in dropped charges, vacated or re-duced sentences, or rescinded probation. This AnnualReport, required by Utah Code Ann. §51-9-201, sum-marizes the activities of Utah’s Drug Court and DrugBoard programs.
Evolution of Drug Courts in Utah
During the mid 1990s local jurisdictions began re-sponding to the cycle of recidivism commonly identi-
ed among drug offenders. This response included thecreation of the
rst Drug Courts in Utah. As researchon the bene
ts and effectiveness of Drug Courts hasgrown, so has the number of Drug Courts in Utah.Over the past 12 years Utah’s Drug Courts have in-creased from 2, in 1996, to over 32 operating statewidetoday. The Department of Human Services, Divisionof Substance Abuse and Mental Health, providesfunding for 29 Drug Courts.Legislation that created and funded Utah’s DrugCourts was enacted in 2000. The creation of theDrug Court Program, criteria for participation andfunding disbursements are found in Utah CodeAnn. §78A-5-201. Appropriation of Tobacco Set-tlement funds to Drug Courts and Drug Boardsare addressed in Utah Code Ann. §51-9-201. TheLegislature also appropriates State General Fundsto support Drug Courts. Additional funding infor-mation can be found on page 4 of this report.
Drug Court/Drug Board Program
Annual Report to the Utah Legislature, October 2010
State Totals - Drug Court ParticipantsReceiving Services July 1
8058349161,0991,1581,2741,3161,4811,2981,22502004006008001,0001,2001,4001,6002001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010