Alternatives To Incarceration | Valley Behavioral Health

Court Ordered Programs & Alternatives to Incarceration

We are proud to be Utah’s leading provider of innovative programs designed to serve as a more effective alternative to incarceration. With a strong network of partnerships including local courts, legal defenders, and the Salt Lake County Jail, we are able to help clients who are incarcerated by developing personalized treatment programs that support rehabilitation without jailing.

Valley’s Alternatives To Incarceration service line incorporates a variety of treatment modalities and levels of care to support both client and state rehabilitative goals. Programs range from jail in reach, outpatient, and intensive care to outreach and community response to residential treatment. With a person-centered planning approach, our community supports each client in developing and achieving their future goals. We work closely with law enforcement, the courts, and correctional departments to ensure that disciplinary requirements are met but in a more rehabilitative and supportive environment. Read on to learn more about Valley’s Alternatives To Incarceration, or speak with a Valley care professional today!

The Mental Health And Incarceration Challenge

The number of people living with mental health challenges in America’s jails is alarmingly high. In 44 out of 50 states, prisons and jails hold more individuals with serious mental illness than the largest state hospital. While in jail, these individuals are not receiving effective treatment for the conditions that may have caused their incarceration in the first place. As a result, roughly 43% of previously incarcerated Utahns will be arrested again. Our mission is to help these individuals receive the appropriate care, better manage their mental health challenges, and lead a law-abiding life.

  1. In local jails, 64% of people experience symptoms of a mental health condition, which represents over 1 million people.
  2. In 2018, incarcerated individuals living with a mental illness that received proper services experienced a 50% reduction of risk for rearrest.
  3. Approximately 17% of jail inmates experience a serious mental illness.

Outpatient Incarceration & Prison Alternative Programs

Valley Behavioral Health’s Alternative to Incarceration outpatient programs provides general, intensive, and day treatment services that offer community mental health options as an alternative to incarceration. Evidenced-based practices are utilized to address mental health, substance use, addiction, trauma, criminogenic risk factors, and co-occurring disorders to provide individuals with the skills and resources to reintegrate into society while completing court-ordered treatment.

South Valley - Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Inspired by helping those struggling with substance use and behavioral health. South Valley’s SUD services provide a full array of mental health, substance use, and behavioral treatment services to adults. SUD outpatient philosophy is that there is relief in rediscovery, opportunity, and responsibility in recovery. Through support, education, practice, and desire to change.


The Forensics program assists clients on probation/parole or specialty and miscellaneous courts – who have been referred to treatment by the criminal justice system. Programs offered by the Forensic Unit include general, intensive, and day treatment outpatient services, certified domestic violence treatment, prime for life, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders.

Jail Diversion Outreach Team - JDOT

JDOT offers comprehensive, personalized services to link individuals to resources and support while helping them live independently. Our JDOT services focus on clients with co-occurring disorders including mental illness, substance use, and criminal justice involvement. The focus of the JDOT program is to promote housing stability, quality of life, and substance use treatment in an intensive outpatient setting.

Assertive Community Treatment - ACT

ACT serves recipients who live with serious mental illness that impairs their functioning in their personal lives as well as the community. Priority is given to people with schizophrenia, other psychotic disorders (e.g., schizoaffective disorder), bipolar disorder, and/or major or chronic depression, because these illnesses more often cause long-term psychiatric disability. Priority is also given to individuals with continuous high service needs that are not being met in more traditional service settings. Individuals with a primary diagnosis of a personality disorder, substance abuse disorder, or intellectual/developmental disability are not appropriate for ACT.

Residential ATI Programs

Valley’s Residential Programs offer an intensive therapeutic setting that requires individuals seeking treatment to leave their homes and reside in a program facility for the duration of their treatment. These facilities provide safe, effective, evidence-based care for adults who have experienced profound negative consequences from issues related to mental illness, substance use, trauma, criminogenic risk factors, and co-occurring disorders. In residential treatment, individuals have the opportunity to address behavioral, emotional, and mental health needs with the guidance of licensed mental health professionals. A combination of individual, group therapy, case management, and medication-assisted treatment provides continuous care that facilitates the healing process and aids in promoting improvement even after the individual completes treatment.


ValleyEPIC (Evidence-based Programs and Interventions Campus) of Utah is a premier treatment facility designed for men and women in our community who may be struggling with substance use disorders, mental illness, and homelessness. The program offers a full continuum of treatment, from residential and day programs to intensive, traditional outpatient services.

The campus was designed to integrate substance use treatment approaches with a special focus on trauma-informed care. Our goal is to help people break the chains of addiction, which includes a successful re-entry into the community and a reduction in criminal recidivism.


Substance use problems impact entire families. Focused on prenatal support for expectant mothers and women with children, ValleyPhoenix is a residential treatment facility that helps families stay together.

Co-Occurring Re-Entry and Empowerment - CORE

Valley’s CORE (Co-Occurring Re-Entry and Empowerment) programs are paving the way. Valley offers both a men’s program (CORE I), and a women’s program (CORE II), each with 16 beds and intensive wrap-around treatment that is closely integrated with the individual’s legal requirements and conditions. The CORE programs are dual diagnosis treatment, with a primary focus on mental health and a secondary focus on substance use.

Who qualifies for Residential Treatment?

  1. Adults with Substance Use Disorder Diagnosis and/or Mental Health Diagnosis who meet the ASAM criteria for 3.1 level of care
  2. Has active Salt Lake County Traditional, TAM, or EXP Medicaid
  3. Has no history of or current sex offense charges
  4. Has no current medical issues exceeding beyond the program’s ability to address

*Programs may be able to deny placement due to a history of violent crimes. If you have any questions about our Residential Treatment Programs please call 888.949.4864

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