WHEN: Friday, December 13, 2019, 11 am
WHERE: Davis County Receiving Center, 890 Clark Lane, Farmington, UT 84025
WHAT: Davis County is celebrating the opening of a Receiving Center that dramatically changes how law enforcement interacts with individuals suffering from substance use disorder and mental health issues when involved in misdemeanor crimes.
Through this one-year pilot program for adults, officers from Bountiful and Layton City Police Departments can take someone who has committed certain misdemeanor offenses, while suffering from substance use disorder and/or mental health problems, to the Davis County Receiving Center in lieu of an arrest or citation.
Once at the Receiving Center, individuals will be immediately connected to recovery resources. Criminal charges will not be forwarded to a prosecutor as long as the individual is engaged in a treatment program; the individual could, potentially, never be charged with the offense(s). This unique path to recovery, facilitated by law enforcement, allows individuals to get the help they need without burdening them with arrests, court appearances, fines, attorney fees and all of the stipulations one encounters when involved in the criminal justice system.
Davis County Receiving Center is the only program of this kind in Utah, and is a collaborative effort between behavioral health, law enforcement and the criminal justice system. The program is funded by a federal grant, state dollars, and Davis Behavioral Health. Given the pilot nature of the program, it will be studied and, if found effective, expanded.
WHO: Representative Steve Eliason, Representative Eric Hutchings, Utah Assistant Attorney General Scott Reed, Bountiful City Police Chief Tom Ross, Davis Behavioral Health Director Brandon Hatch, Davis County Sheriff Kelly Sparks, Layton City Police Chief Allen Swanson, and people in recovery