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Transitioning back into the community after spending time in prison can be a daunting task.

United Way 2-1-1 offers a comprehensive list of resources throughout the state — from food to housing to clothing, mental health and employment services — at its website.

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Listed below is select information about community resources available for those with substance abuse or mental health issues.

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Substance AbuseThere are a number of community groups focused on helping those who've battled substance abuse stay sober. They include:

• Addict To Athlete

Addict To Athlete is a community support group that helps people who have or are currently battling addiction replace those urges with healthy physical exercise. Groups meet for a 30 minute talk session followed by 30 minutes of physical activity. Groups are currently available in Salt Lake and Utah counties. For more information, click on this link.

• Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA)

USARA is a community-based organization of individuals in recovery, their families and friends. It provides support, resources and sponsors events that promote wellness and recovery. For more information, click this link.

• Drug Offender Reform Act (DORA)

DORA is a state-funded program aimed at shortening the time from conviction to beginning treatment for eligible offenders on probation with a history of substance abuse.

A collaborative team that includes the offender, the substance abuse treatment provider and the AP&P DORA agent work together to help offenders achieve and maintain sobriety.

The program is currently active in four counties: Weber, Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties. For more information, contact DORA Supervisor Arnold Hansen at 801-803-4543 or view this page.

• Utah State Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health

The Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health oversees substance use disorders and mental health services throughout Utah. It also provides helpful information and assistance on substance use resources. For information, call 801-538-3939 or click on this link to visit its website visit its website.

• Coalition Against Drug Abuse

This national organization has facts, statistics and information about treatment services available locally. This link will take you to the coalition's website.


Mental HealthAdult Probation and Parole assigns specialized probation/parole agents to work closely with the Third District Court Mental Health Court, a collaboration between criminal justice and mental health agencies in Salt Lake County.

The court diverts qualifying criminal defendants from the jail into community-based mental health programs. Once in the program, offenders receive case management, treatment services and community supervision aimed at stabilizing their mental health while protecting public safety and reducing recidivism.

Offenders not in the program may seek mental health services from a wide variety of providers, many of whom are listed below.

• Utah State Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health

The division oversees publicly funded substance use disorders and mental health services throughout Utah. It also provides helpful information and assistance on substance use and mental health issues. 

For information, call 801-538-3939 or click on this link to visit the division's website.

• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This national organization provides guidance and assistance on substance use disorders and mental health services, including help locating treatment services. For assistance, call 1-800-662-4357 or on this link to visit the administration's website.

• National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI) Utah

NAMI Utah's mission is to improve and ensure the dignity of the lives of those who live with mental illness and their family through support, education and advocacy. NAMI offers a variety of classes and support groups. For more information, click on this link.