Substance Abuse and Mental Health Overview

The Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) was created as Utah’s substance abuse and mental health authority by Utah statute §62A-15-103. We oversee the publicly funded prevention and treatment system. If you, a friend, or family member is struggling with a mental health problem or a problem with alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, there is help available.

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Mission: Promoting Hope, Health and Healing

Key Principles:

  • Quality services, programs, and systems promote individual and community wellness.
  • Education enhances understanding of prevention and treatment of substance abuse services.
  • Leadership understands and meets the needs of consumers and families.
  • Partnerships with consumers, families, providers and local/state authorities are strong.
  • Accountability in services and systems that are evidence based, outcome focused and fiscally responsible.

Scope of Responsibility:

  • Ensure that prevention/treatment services for substance abuse and mental health are available throughout the state.
  • DSAMH Contracts with local county governments statutorily designated as local substance abuse and local mental health authorities, to provide prevention or treatment services.
  • Provide oversight and policy direction to local authorities.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of mental health and substance abuse services through an annual site review process, reviews local area plans, and reviews program outcome data.
  • Provide technical assistance and training to local authorities, evaluates the effectiveness of prevention and treatment programs to disseminate the information to stakeholders.
  • Supervises the administration of the Utah State Hospital.

For detailed responsibilities see Utah State Code Annotated (§62A-15-103) or 2013 DSAMH Annual Report.

Division Strategies:

  • Focus on prevention and early intervention
  • Develop a recovery-oriented System of Care, led by people in recovery, that is trauma-informed and evidence-based
  • Strengthen the system of care for children and youth that is family-driven, youth guided, community based, to ensure that it is culturally/linguistically competent
  • Promote integrated programs that address an individual’s substance use disorder, mental health and physical healthcare needs
  • Increase public awareness and understanding of substance use disorders, mental illness and promote successful strategies to improve the health/wellness of individuals, families and communities