Mental Health and Substance Abuse
The Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance is a community coalition comprised of various Summit County entities, including local government, law-enforcement, school districts, non-profits, and community members to address issues related to mental health and substance abuse. The mission of the Alliance is to enhance the quality of life for all Summit County residents by improving community awareness of mental health/substance abuse issues and increasing access to effective treatment and prevention services within the County. To learn more, please contact the Summit County Health Department, or click below to join our mailing list.
Communities That Care – Community Assessment Report
The Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) survey is administered every two years by the State of Utah through school districts. Students in 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades are surveyed in the spring of odd-numbered years. The data is compiled and released in the form of community-specific profile reports in the fall of the same calendar year. North Summit, South Summit, and Park City School Districts gave permission to CTC to disaggregate survey data specific to the Summit County community.
The Summit County Community SHARP profile was analyzed by the data assessment workgroup, a CTC workgroup that reports back to the CTC committee and the Alliance. Workgroup members convened for two workshops where the process for data collection was explained and a presentation of SHARP data was given. The workshops also contained training on social indicator data collection and analysis.
Collection tasks were divided between members and data were collected and compiled through November 2017. Through a series of data summarization exercises, the workgroup analyzed both the SHARP survey and other public data. Focusing on risk reduction and building protective factors the workgroup vetted data trends. Workgroup members weighed comparisons, trends, and feasibility in coming up with priority behaviors and risk factors. These priorities will target multiple health and behavior outcomes and will be used to select evidence-based programs and policies for the Summit County community.
Our Strategic Plan
The Summit County Mental Wellness Strategic Plan (Strategic Plan) is the result of an eleven-month community initiative to identify and address issues of mental health & substance abuse in Summit County. Recognizing that Utah has one of the highest rates of mental illness in the United States (23.4%1) and that an immediate need exists within our community, both the Summit County Council and the Park City Council have recognized this as a key priority in their 2017 Goals. Through the use of community surveys, focus groups, and the creation of a community-based coalition centered on mental health & substance abuse; the following strategic plan is presented to the community as a means of enhancing the quality of life for all Summit County residents, regardless of mental health or substance abuse concerns.
Expand community access to mental health & substance abuse programs and services in Summit County.
Increase prevention and education around mental health & substance abuse in Summit County.
Ensure success and sustainability of mental health & substance abuse programs and services in Summit County.
Establish systems to support life during recovery and reintegration into the community.
Ensure equity of mental health & substance abuse programs and services for Latino Community members.
For a searchable calendar of all Summit County Health Department events (including mental health and substance abuse):
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News and updates
This week we sit down with Park City Community Foundation's Ollie Wilder and Summit County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Director, Aaron Newman to talk about the first year of the Summit County Mental Wellness
Margaret Olson, Summit County Attorney, announced today that her office and a team of private law firms filed today the first opioid lawsuit to be initiated by a county in Utah. The Summit County Attorney,