Utah Department of Human Services

  • Agency: Utah Department of Human Services
  • Address: 195 North 1950 West, Salt Lake City, 84116 UT
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Phone: (801) 538-4171
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Utah Department of Human Services is located at 195 North 1950 West, Salt Lake City, 84116 UT. The Utah Department of Human Services phone number is (801) 538-4171.

Utah Department of Human Services News

The Utah Department of Corrections was recently awarded a Second Chance Act grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance within the U.S. Department of Justice to focus on department-wide reentry efforts. Grant funding will be used to strengthen and sustain current evidence based practices throughout the department. This will be a department wide initiative and will allow staff to continue being national leaders in reentry initiatives. You can learn more here: https://corrections.utah.gov/index.php/home/alerts-2/1201-udc-awarded-second-chance-grant-to-focus-on-reentry-efforts

We're excited to welcome Chyleen Richey to the UDC family! Mike Haddon, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Corrections (UDC), has appointed Chyleen to serve as the UDC Deputy Director, overseeing the Training Bureau, Planning and Research Bureau, Administrative Services Bureau, Facilities Bureau, Utah Correctional Industries and the Clinical Services Bureau, as well as assisting with Legislative work. Both Deputies, Jim Hudspeth and Chyleen Richey, will work closely with UDC leadership team in making strategic decisions that lay ahead. Chyleen is looking forward to continuing to focus on making improvements in Utah’s criminal justice system through strategic implementation of evidence-based policies. Read more here: https://corrections.utah.gov/index.php/home/alerts-2/1200-chyleen-richey-named-deputy-director

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQKLyQflKSc Have you considered a career as a correctional officer? Not only are you joining an amazing team, but pay starts at $19.27 per hour, and benefits include paid training and certification, 25-year retirement, 11 paid holidays, state paid health benefits, 401k and more! You can apply now through December 30, 2018 at https://corrections.utah.gov/index.php/come-work-for-us

“Making a small sacrifice of sweat and hard work to grow pumpkins that may light up a child’s life for a day makes me feel like a part of society and like the man I want to be." Inmates at Utah State Prison may never see the faces of the special needs students at Kauri Sue Hamilton School in Jordan School District as well as students at Jordan Valley School in Canyons School District. Yet they know those faces brightened at the sight of hundreds of pumpkins donated to their school Tuesday, Oct. 23, and Wednesday Oct. 24. The offenders spent the last six months growing the gourds from seeds, a process that’s been happening for the last quarter-century -- with both the students and inmates benefiting from the program. Read the full story here: https://corrections.utah.gov/index.php/home/alerts-2/1198-the-great-pumpkin-giveaway

On Oct. 17, Mike Haddon was officially confirmed by the Utah Senate to serve as Executive Director of the Utah Department of Corrections. “Mike Haddon is dedicated to helping people lead better lives and prepare to be productive citizens," said Governor Gary R. Herbert. "He is a hard worker, but beyond that, he has a high level of expertise that will be instrumental in overseeing the completion of the new corrections facility in the Northwestern Quadrant." https://corrections.utah.gov/index.php/home/alerts-2/1197-governor-s-statement-on-the-confirmation-of-mike-haddon

Inmates at Utah’s two major prisons were given performances by singer-songwriter Matt Butler to bring awareness to addiction recovery. “I like the idea of being a living example that transformation is possible and that people can change their lives,” Butler said regarding his visits to such facilities. Read the full story here: https://corrections.utah.gov/index.php/home/alerts-2/1196-singer-songwriter-matt-butler-performs-for-inmates-at-utah-s-two-prisons

In this video, lead trainer and founder of Yoga Assets, Denise Druce, speaks with Yoga Journal about why the Yoga program at the Utah State Prison is so meaningful. “If they are given opportunities to find a new way of being in the world, they’re leaving with greater self-esteem, and a commitment to make the world a more peaceful place. To me, that’s what correctional facility means.” https://www.yogajournal.com/videos/live-be-yoga-teacher-training-womens-prison-salt-lake-city

The Utah Department of Corrections Honor Guard presented on Wednesday, Sept. 19, during a candlelight vigil at the Utah Fallen Officers Memorial. The memorial, located on the grounds of the Utah State Capitol, features a wall containing plaques with the names of those who have died in the line of duty in Utah. Stephen Anderson, who lost his life in 2007 while serving as a corrections officers, was honored at the event. The names of Fred F. House, Don Wagstaff, Mathew B. Burgher and Edwin J. Fisher -- all connected to the Department of Corrections -- also adorn the memorial. Our thoughts go out to the families of the fallen and our thanks go to the men and women of the Honor Guard team, who contribute so much to the department.

The Utah Department of Corrections Honor Guard presented on Wednesday, Sept. 19, during a candlelight vigil at the Utah Fallen Officers Memorial. The memorial, located on the grounds of the Utah State Capitol, features a wall containing plaques with the names of those who have died in the line of duty in Utah. Stephen Anderson, who lost his life in 2007 while serving as a corrections officers, was honored at the event. The names of Fred F. House, Don Wagstaff, Mathew B. Burgher and Edwin J. Fisher -- all connected to the Department of Corrections -- also adorn the memorial. Our thoughts go out to the families of the fallen and our thanks go to the men and women of the Honor Guard team, who contribute so much to the department.

Please take a moment today to remember those who were lost in the events of Sept. 11, 2001. As members of the law enforcement community, we extend our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of those who gave their all in the line of duty that day. They will forever serve as examples of dedication and sacrifice.

We would like to congratulate the 23 cadets who graduated from Pre-Service Academy Sept. 6, 2018. Welcome to the Corrections family! Class 297 selected a class motto of, “Strength Within, Pride Throughout.” Of the 23 who completed the academy, 17 will work in county jails, five will work for the Department of Corrections and one will work for the Board of Pardons and Parole. The cadets completed 15 weeks of legal classes, defensive tactics, physical fitness training, firearms training and multiple certification exams to graduate with POST certification. During the ceremony, the state's newest correctional officers heard from Sheriff Cory Pulsipher of Washington County and Jeremy Sharpe, Director of Prison Operations for the Utah Department of Corrections. Nick Hoyt earned the honor of class speaker. Six cadets earned awards for outstanding performance in specific areas during the training. Carol Herrin received the Academic Award. Steven Boles earned the Physical Fitness Trainee award. Kade Boren earned the Outstanding Trainee Award, which is sponsored by the Utah Public Employees Association. Wilbert Terrell earned the Professionalism Award, sponsored by the Utah Correctional Association. The Firearms Award was given to Gina Birch. Congratulations to all.

Blankets, crocheted by Utah State Prison inmates at the Timpanogos Women’s Facility, were recently donated to the West Jordan Victim Assistance Program. The group, using yarn donated by the Salt Lake Knitting Guild, is part of the Excell program at Timpanogos. The program is designed to help women overcome substance abuse issues and resolve trauma—including physical and emotional abuse—that often underlie criminal behaviors. https://corrections.utah.gov/index.php/home/alerts-2/1194-inmates-crochet-blankets-with-a-purpose

72 offenders graduated this year from Davis Technical College, earning vocational degrees in various areas like automotive technology, business administrative services and computer numerical control machining. “We are providing people with the skills to get jobs, earn livable wages … and to stay out of prison,” said Dan Powers, the Draper Campus Program Manager for Davis Technical College. (We want) to break that long-time cycle of people returning to prison.” Court McGee, a successful mixed-martial arts competitor who won the 11th season of the “Ultimate Fighter” television show, gave an inspiring speech, encouraging students to recognize and be available for opportunities when they come their way. You can read the full story here: https://corrections.utah.gov/index.php/home/alerts-2/1193-davis-technical-college-graduation

Check out our awesome prison transition team! They are speaking with community members tonight at the Westpointe/Jordan Meadows Community Night Out event.

Governor Gary Herbert has appointed Mike Haddon to serve as the executive director of the Utah Department of Corrections. “It is truly humbling to be called to serve the citizens of Utah,” Haddon said. “The Utah Department of Corrections works hard each day to keep the public safe and help offenders successfully reintegrate back into society. Much of this success can be credited to our talented and dedicated staff, and I am honored to serve alongside them. Utah has a lot of critically important work ahead related to corrections, and I am confident that, together, we will move the work forward with positive results.” https://corrections.utah.gov/index.php/home/alerts-2/1191-mike-haddon-named-executive-director

Congrats to UCI staff and inmates! Utah Safety Council recognized Utah Correctional Industries at its annual safety awards ceremony with the 2018 Achievement in Safety by an Organization award. https://corrections.utah.gov/index.php/home/alerts-2/1189-safety-council-recognizes-uci

Salt Lake magazine just published it's "Best of the Beehive" edition and our Serving Time Cafe came in as "Best Two Hots!" Here's what they had to say: "Usually there's not a line to get into prison, but Serving Time Cafe is the exception. A work program at the Utah State Prison, Serving Time employs females inmates, giving them skills that will serve them well then they're on the outside. And with menu items like 'Parole Violator' and 'Prison Blues Burger,' the cheekiness is, well, criminal. Open for breakfast and lunch, Mon-Fri." Learn more about Serving Time Cafe and menu options here: https://uci.utah.gov/index.php/cafe

We would like to congratulate the 53 cadets who graduated from Pre-Service Academy July 25, 2018. Welcome to the Corrections family! Class 296 selected a class motto of, “Divided but United.” Of the 53 graduates, 33 will work for the Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) at the Correctional Facility in Draper or Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison. The remaining 20 graduates will work for county correctional facilities across the State. The cadets completed 15 weeks of legal classes, defensive tactics, physical fitness training, firearms training and multiple certification exams to graduate with POST certification. Chief Deputy Arnold Butcher with the Davis County Sheriff’s office provided the keynote address. Eric Rohmann was selected by Class 296 to speak on behalf of the graduates and closing remarks were given by Deputy Director London Stromberg. Six cadets earned awards for outstanding performance in specific areas during the training. Steven Lewis received the Academic Award. Blake Sessions earned the Physical Fitness Trainee award. Travis Avery earned the Outstanding Trainee Award, which is sponsored by the Utah Public Employees Association. Travis Avery and Steven Lewis earned the Professionalism Award, sponsored by the Utah Correctional Association. The Firearms Award was given to Zachary Joens.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Minnesota Department of Corrections as we express our deepest condolences for their loss of Corrections Officer Joseph Gomm. Officer Gomm was attacked by an inmate yesterday and was rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he was pronounced dead. https://www.twincities.com/2018/07/18/mn-corrections-officer-assaulted-at-stillwater-prison/

During the week of July 15-21, we join with those across the United States and Canada to recognize the work that probation, parole and community supervision professionals do for our public safety. Governor Gary Herbert signed a declaration proclaiming this week as Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week in Utah and acknowledging Adult Probation and Parole staff as a true force for positive change in our communities, deserving recognition. Few serve in a capacity of more importance to our public safety and do so with little to no fan fair. In Utah, there are over 19,000 offenders under AP&P supervision.

Utah Department of Correction is proud to be a part of the Draper community for several decades. Today we joined our neighbors and friends at Draper Days, the largest city event of the year. Thank you, Draper City, for inviting us to participate in this fun and important opportunity to build community spirit and share the work UDC does to improve the safety of our citizens.

We're proud to be part of the Gunnison community! Today was a great opportunity to join our neighbors to mark our nation's freedom at the Gunnison City Independence Day celebration and parade. Sergeant Justice and staff from prisons, AP&P, clinical services, and administration, showed their UDC pride and patriotism!