Disability Law Center v. State of Utah, et al. (Filed September 9, 2015 in federal district court)

On September 8, 2015, the Disability Law Center (DLC) and a group of individual plaintiffs, represented by DLC attorneys and the law firm of Snell & Wilmer LLP, filed a class action lawsuit against Utah’s Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health (DSAMH), and the Utah State Hospital (USH), charging that these state entities are systematically forcing vulnerable criminal defendants to languish in jail while waiting months to be transferred to USH for treatment. The suit alleges that the state hospital system’s inability to provide incompetent criminal defendants with court-ordered restoration treatment within a reasonable time frame violates their due process rights. 

This case was settled In June of 2017.  Provisions of the agreement are aimed at establishing time periods within which people who have been accused of a crime, declared incompetent and are current housed in county jails will receive “forensic competency restoration” services through the Utah State Hospital.