ASAP, ORG, & Drug Courts

The Alternative Substance Addiction Program (ASAP) currently operating in Utah’s Third Judicial District Court was designed to address the treatment needs of low-risk criminal defendants with substance abuse issues. The program practices the team approach developed in drug courts around the country, but differs from drug court in its participant population. The team consists of a judge, a prosecutor, a defense attorney, probation case managers, treatment professionals and social workers, and law enforcement officers. The goal of the program is to utilize treatment and education, participant accountability, and court supervision to help ASAP participants stop the cycle of addiction and criminal recidivism caused by addiction. The Honorable James Blanch implemented ASAP in 2013, and has presided over it since its inception.
The mission of the Salt Lake County Drug Court is to decrease the prevalence of substance abuse and drug-related crime in Salt Lake County by breaking the cycle of addiction, crime, and incarceration. Qualifying offenders are diverted to a program of comprehensive treatment and education, offender accountability, and intensive court supervision designed to help participants gain control of their lives and stop the cycle of recidivism caused by their addiction. The program is characterized by collaboration among the courts, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, treatment providers, case managers, social service agencies and community-based treatment organizations. Drug court uses graduated sanctions and incentives to encourage recovery goals and hold offenders accountable for non-compliant behaviors. There is a standardized assessment process used to identify eligible non-violent offenders.

Court Locations, Dates & Times

West Jordan Drug Court

Judge Hogan, Monday morning & afternoon, 8080 S Redwood Rd, West Jordan, UT 84088

Salt Lake Drug Court

Judge Skanchy, Tuesday morning & afternoon, 450 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Salt Lake Drug Court

Judge Scott, Thursday mornings, 450 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Asap Court

Judge Blanch, every other Wednesday morning, 450 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

ORG Court

Judge Shaugnessy, Wednesday afternoons, 450 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Drug Court Forms and Information

If you are interested in ASAP/ORG/Drug Court, please ask your attorney to screen you for this program.

If you are an attorney interested in screening a client for one of these courts, please complete and submit the form below: Drug Court/ORG/ASAP Application 2018

The following form is given to prospective ASAP/ORG/Drug Court clients to provide them with information about obtaining a LS/CMI clinical assessment with Criminal Justice Services. The clinical assessment is used to determine eligibility for these specialty courts.

CJS Assessment 2018

Below is information about the fees associated with Felony Drug Court. Drug Court Fee Schedule
Drug Court Fee Policy
Prospective clients who have been approved for ASAP/ORG/Drug Court will need to complete and return the following documents: Drug Court Orientation Materials
Attorneys who are pleading a client into ASAP/ORG/Drug Court should go over this document with their client prior to entering the change of plea. A signed copy of the agreement should be given to the court.
Drug Court Agreement 2018
The following document outlines the screening process for Drug Court. Drug Court Screening Process

Other Drug Court Resources

Criminal Justice Services
https://slco.org/criminal-justice/
145 East 1300 South Suite #501
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
(385) 468-3500

Salt Lake County Behavioral Health Services
https://slco.org/behavioral-health/
2001 South State Street S2-300
Salt Lake City, UT 84190-3050
385 468-4707
Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Click here to access the the Utah State Court Drug Court Website.

Click here to learn about the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

Click here to learn about the National Drug Court Institute.

Click here to learn about SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).

Graduates of Drug Court

If you are a graduate of drug court, you might be interested in Stepping Stones (formerly Friends of Drug Court), which is a dedicated group of alumni who have graduated the Drug Court treatment program and who continue to lead productive and healthy lives in the community. Many members of Stepping Stones give back by organizing events and activities that help current clients in the Drug Court programs become more involved.

Individuals
Stepping Stones aspires to offer individual services as they provide attention to the individual. With your help, they can offer: one-on-one, advocacy, connecting with resources, and in-home assistance.

Groups
Stepping Stones aspires to offer group therapy as it is one of the most successful elements of long-term recovery. With your help, they can offer: women’s groups, men’s groups, aftercare groups, parenting groups, life-skills groups, and peer-to-peer services.

Events
Graduates of Drug Court and current participants organize regular social and family events, retreats, and activities which help people in recovery connect and have fun sober.

Join Stepping Stones and get the most valuable resources and events to help you, your family, and your friends with recovery.

You can get more information about Stepping Stones at their website embracesteppingstones.org or you can find them on Facebook .