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.


Forensics helps clients on parole and probation who have been referred into treatment by the criminal justice system. Programs offered by the Forensic Unit include mental health outpatient services, treatment for domestic violence offenders, substance use disorder treatment, and intensive outpatient services.

Forensic Unit programs are offered in both English and Spanish.

Jail Diversion Outreach Team - JDOT

JDOT offers 24-hour, comprehensive, individualized, and flexible services to link individuals to resources and support, while helping them live independently. JDOT focuses on clients with co-occurring disorders including mental illness, substance use, and criminal justice involvement to help with housing stability, quality of life, and addressing substance use.

Assertive Community Treatment - ACT

Valley ACT is an evidence-based treatment program that aims to improve outcomes for individuals living with SMI, co-occurring substance use disorders, and who are at elevated risk of psychiatric crisis, involvement with the criminal justice system, and experiencing chronic homelessness.

Valley ACT utilizes a multidisciplinary approach with a client-centered focus that provides assertive 24-hour outreach into the community as an alternative to incarceration or hospitalization.

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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