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Utah State Laws, Policies and Funding

RH terminology used by the Utah Department of Health and Human Services, Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) None/unknown

Accreditation, Certification, and State Licensing Requirement: Licensure is required for the operation of a home.

RH Law(s): SB 261 (2017) Among other provisions, required the Utah Substance Use and Mental Health Advisory Council to convene a workgroup to study the licensing and management of recovery residences.


HB 211 (2014) Defines recovery residences, requires state agency coordination with recovery residences for the development of best practices, requires annual licensing fees for recovery residences, and establishes a committee to study issues concerning recovery residences.


Legislation: None/unknown

Regulations: 62A-2-108.2. (2014)  Licensing residential treatment programs and recovery residences. Requires mandatory licensure for most recovery homes other than Oxford Houses and most NARR Level 1 residences. https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title62A/Chapter2/C62A-2-S108.2_2014040320140513.pdf

Utah Admin. Code 501-18-2 (Enacted 2014, Amended 2018)

R501. Human Services, Administration, Administrative Services, Licensing.

R501-18. Recovery Residence Services.

R501-18-1. Authority.

This Rule is authorized by Section 62A-2-101 et seq.


SABG Program: The “Planned Priority Areas” documents for your state’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) program and Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) program do not specifically mention recovery housing as a priority, nor do they list recovery support services as an allowable activity. To learn more about specific recovery housing activities that are eligible for funding through these grant programs, please reach out to your state’s Single State Agency (SSA) that’s responsible for administering these funds by visiting https://dsamh.utah.gov/

SOR Program: Your state’s Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has previously funded recovery activities using State Opioid Response (SOR) funds. To learn more about specific recovery housing activities that are eligible for funding through this grant program, please reach out to your state’s Single State Agency (SSA) that’s responsible for administering these funds by visiting https://dsamh.utah.gov/

Medicaid Funding: Nothing in the state Medicaid plan suggests direct support for RH, however, certain covered activities could evolve to be provided in RH settings include peer skills, counseling, case management, and life skills.

NARR Affiliate Status: Appears to be inactive.

Housing Assistance Funding: https://utahhousingcorp.org/



Utah Funders

George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation

The George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation was established by George S. Eccles and Dolores Dore Eccles in December, 1958, and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Foundation was established with wealth accumulated from George S. Eccles’ work as a leader of First Security Corporation, a bank holding company that merged with Wells Fargo in 2000. The mission of the Foundation is to serve Utah’s residents and support Utah’s communities.

Regions: The Foundation serves all areas of Utah, including both rural and non-rural counties. Examples of rural counties served include Beaver, Sanpete, and Tooele.

Issues Supported: The Foundation focuses grantmaking on five areas: arts and culture, community, education, environmental preservation and conservation, and health and wellness.

Grant Process and Application: The first step in the application process is to submit a letter of inquiry. If the letter of inquiry is approved, you can then submit a grant application online. Find out more about the grant application process on the Foundation’s website.

Grant-Making Per Year: In 2019, the Foundation provided grants in the amount of $19 million.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: The Helping Hand Association, known as The Haven, is based in Salt Lake City and serves the local counties, including rural Tooele County. The Haven offers residential treatment, outpatient treatment, and sober living facilities. The sober living housing program provides a secure environment for individuals in recovery from substance use disorder.

Utah Opioid Settlement Funds

Total Settlement Funds in Utah

  • $309 million

Fund Distribution

  • 50% to the state
  • 50% to local governments


  • Funds from three distributors will be paid over 18 years
  • Funds from Johnson & Johnson will be paid over 9 years

Application Process

  • Not established

Spending So Far

  • NA

Key Contacts

  • Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, uag@agutah.gov, 801-366-0260
  • Utah Opioid Task Force, OpioidSurveyUtah@gmail.com

Key Links

How About Your County?

To get a quick overview of the resources available in your county, including gaps that may need to be addressed, visit the Recovery Ecosystem Index Map developed through a partnership between the Fletcher Group Rural Center of Excellence, the NORC Walsh Center at the University of Chicago, and East Tennessee State University.

Need More Info?


A year in the making by a staff of ten, the Fletcher Group’s 82-page Recovery Housing Landscape Report provides an in-depth overview of the most recent laws, policies, and funding affecting recovery housing. You’ll find sections devoted to state laws, SAMHSA funding, Medicaid, corrections, and housing assistance plus numerous links to valuable resources and official documents. To see the complete downloadable report, click the image to the left.

This web page is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $13.7 million with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.