Criminal Justice

NAMI Utah is aware that, far too often, there is a link between the criminal justice system and those with mental health conditions. This is due to many factors including inadequate access to psychiatric care, housing, and other community supports. When you or a family member becomes involved with the criminal justice system it can be a scary and confusing time.

Disclaimer: The information listed below does not constitute legal advice and NAMI Utah recommends that you consult an attorney regarding your case(s).

In Case of Arrest

Getting arrested is a traumatic experience regardless of the circumstances that led to the arrest. It is an emotional and stressful time for everyone. As much as possible, your family member is going to need your empathy and support.

The criminal justice system is complex and figuring out how it works can be overwhelming, especially for individuals who are coping with symptoms of mental illness. The following document contains guidelines and steps that you can take if your family member is in jail.

In Case of Arrest

Mental Health Courts

Unlike civil commitment courts where someone is hospitalized involuntarily, criminal mental health courts are specialty courts for individuals with mental health conditions who have been arrested and charged with a crime. The following list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) is for adults with serious mental illness who have been arrested and will be going to court on criminal charges that may result in jail or prison time.

Mental Health Court FAQs


NAMI Utah has mentors that advocate at the Weber, Davis, and Salt Lake District and Federal Mental Health courts. They can answer general questions about how state mental health courts operate as well as specific questions about the ones in the counties listed above.

  • For Weber and Davis counties call 801-625-3714.
  • For Salt Lake County and Federal Mental Health Courts call 801-869-2872.