BRETT PETERSON

Director, Division of Juvenile Justice Services

Brett Peterson is responsible for the operation and management of Utah’s Juvenile Justice Services, a division of the Department of Human Services. In this capacity, Brett oversees the continuum of care in juvenile justice including early intervention, shelter, detention and long-term secure settings. Brett is committed to reducing the need for out-of-home placements, correlating the services provided with leading research related to adolescent brain development and ongoing implementation of significant juvenile justice reforms. Brett began his career with the Department of Human Services as an in-house assistant attorney general working with youth residential providers and staff to reduce silos and improve access to services. He later served as the director of the Office of Licensing where he lead efforts to create an efficient and effective approach to health and safety monitoring in order to drive system-wide solutions to achieve better results for youth and their families.

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