Programs & Specialty Courts
Drug, ASAP & ORG Court
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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 Loations, 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
Judge Blanch, every other Wednesday morning, 450 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
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.
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
Other Drug Court Resources
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.
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.
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.
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.