Utah Office of Licensing Seeks Input on New Regulations for Youth Congregate Care

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The Utah Department of Human Services Office of Licensing released a comprehensive survey seeking public input on new rules governing youth congregate care programs. S.B. 127, a law expanding regulation of Utah’s congregate care programs for the first time in 15 years, goes into effect on May 5, 2021, and definitions and rule updates must be in effect by Nov. …

Utah Department of Human Services Names Two New Deputy Directors

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The Utah Department of Human Services (DHS) Executive Director Tracy Gruber announced the appointment of two new Deputy Directors, Nate Checketts and David Litvack. They will both assume their new roles April 5. These appointments come during a broader period of transition for the department, with a new executive director appointed in January by Governor Spencer Cox, and passage of …

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Partnership Addresses Vicarious Trauma in Law Enforcement and Crime Victim Service Providers

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Law enforcement officers and other service providers responding to crime victims will soon have more resources to address their work-related trauma. The Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative (VTRI), a new partnership between the State of Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services Adult Protective Services (APS), the Salt Lake City Police Department and the Salt Lake Area Family Justice Center (located …

Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition Release of first State of Utah, LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan

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The first of its kind in Utah, the release of the 2020 Utah LBGTQ+ Suicide Prevention Plan will guide suicide prevention efforts to support those at higher-risk and save lives. Due to social exclusion and other factors, LGBTQ+ people are at greater risk for suicide compared to non-LGBTQ+ people, with increased risk for transgender people. Through input from state and …

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State Offers Free Counseling for COVID-Related Stress

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The Utah Strong Recovery Project Provides Virtual Access to Crisis Services SALT LAKE CITY—-More than 40 crisis counselors are ready to answer your call if you are experiencing stress, anxiety or depression because of COVID-19.  The Utah Strong Recovery Project is funded by a FEMA grant facilitated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The funding is …

Utah First State to Receive Federal Approval of Family First Act Plan

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Major Reform Shifts Funding to Prevention of Foster Care The Utah Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Family First Prevention Services Act plan, approved today by the Federal Children’s Bureau, will allow more children at risk of entering foster care or juvenile justice to remain safely at home. Utah is the first state and second child welfare agency (Washington D.C.) to …

Utah Leads Out to Reduce Foster Care and Separation of Families 

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State formally begins the Family First Services Prevention Act—the first major federal modernization of child welfare in three decades—with a focus on behavioral health and parent skill programs to keep families together SALT LAKE CITY — Utah became one of the few states in the nation to formally implement the Family First Prevention Services Act on Oct. 1, the earliest …

Utah Division of Child and Family Services Announces New Director

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SALT LAKE CITY – Twenty-five-year veteran of the Utah Department of Human Services (DHS), Diane Moore, has been appointed to lead the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS). “I am confident that Diane will serve admirably in this noble calling as the senior state executive for our child welfare system,” DHS Executive Director Ann Williamson stated regarding her decision …