Assistant Regional Administrator/Center Director
Atherton Community Treatment Center
2588 W. 2365 South
West Valley City, UT 84119
The Atherton Community Treatment Center, housed in the former Fremont Community Correctional Center, is one of two facilities devoted to women. It has 60 beds and was officially opened as a women's facility on May 14, 2015.
The center is named after a true champion in the criminal justice community — Judge Judith Atherton. Judge Atherton, who retired from the bench in 2013 after a stellar legal career, has long been a vocal advocate for more community resources to meet the needs of offenders — particularly women — with substance abuse and mental health issues.
The Atherton center, which began accepting clients on April 17, 2015, is for women who have violated their probation or parole conditions and are at risk of being returned to jail or prison.
The women will be referred to the program by a probation or parole agent. Once in the program they'll work through a structured program that ranges in length from 7 days to 120 days, depending on their individual needs.
The program is part of the Department's Female Offender Success Initiative, which is based on the philosophy that programs and strategies used with female offenders should be gender responsive.
In part, that means addressing underlying trauma that may be at the root of poor choices; recognizing the importance of relationships in a woman's life; and using rehabilitation strategies tailored to a woman's needs. The tool used to determine those needs is the Women's Risk Needs Assessment, developed by the University of Cincinnati.
The center's programs will include education and employment help, an array of life skills classes (Moving On; Seeking Safety; Beyond Trauma; Parenting & Reunification, etc.), and health and relapse prevention courses.
(Opened in the 1980s as the Fremont Community Correctional Center, the center originally served men who were on probation or parole; it specialized in mental health and sex offender treatment.)