About Us

Provo Canyon School is recognized by multiple federal and state organizations as an intensive, psychiatric residential treatment center due to the depth of our professional clinical staff, medical staff and our focus on clinical “best practices” that are evidence-based. PCS utilizes an “Acuity Based Care” (ABC) model that identifies and reassesses the strengths and needs of individual students continually in order to assign specific resources, supports and interventions for insuring the student’s greatest potential for personal success. In essence, we evaluate the individual needs of each of our students and support their success by insuring that they receive an effective array of services based on their individual level of need.


Assigned supports and services are not limited to clinical components of the program but are engaged at all levels and aspects of the students experience from school-time and group living to off-grounds recreation experiences. The effectiveness of these services for each individual student are continually monitored and managed by our multi-professional treatment planning team that supports all aspects of the students experience at Provo Canyon School. The Acuity Based Care model meets the needs of each student at the place when they have the greatest need. Those students that require more intensive group therapy, more individual sessions, focused skill groups and increased staff support are provided those resources based on individual need. As students gain personal ability and cultivate their ability to be successful, the supports and resources are slowly reduced based on the needs of the student. This system of managing the supports based on the level of need is referred to as Response to Intervention Model. As the student progresses through the program we are then better able to determine the students individual ability to be successful in a less intensive or restrictive setting and to determine what supports will need to be in place when the student returns to their home and regular school setting.

Provo Canyon School offers a complete and comprehensive treatment and learning experience. Our facilities offer completely contained school services for elementary, junior high and high school age youth in separate school areas, a swimming pool, two gymnasiums, outdoor athletic fields at both campuses, ropes courses, climbing walls, dorm-style living areas with ample common areas, full cafeteria services, a playground for the younger youth, and many more physical supports and resources for our students.

Provo Canyon School is licensed by the State of Utah, Department of Human Services, accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission, and is fully accredited by The Joint Commission. The public may contact the Joint Commission’s Office of Quality Monitoring to report any concerns or register complaints about a Joint Commission-accredited health care organization. We are a provider for TRICARE®, Medicaid and most major health insurance companies. Staff is available to assist in determining what is covered by a particular health care plan.

At Provo Canyon School, we are compassionate, committed and caring professionals, dedicated to inspire hope, as well as the ability to achieve and celebrate success through the power of relationships developed with children, families, and the communities we support. We promote treatment and school excellence in an environment of collaboration and trust while maintaining a high standard of responsibility and integrity for the students, families and the communities we serve.

Important Facts:

  • Opened in 1971
  • Licensed by the State of Utah, Department of Human Services and Certified as a Psychiatric Residential Treatment  Facility by the Department of Health for the treatment of youth ages 8 -17
  • Joint Commission accredited
  • Accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission
  • Provider for Tricare, most insurance companies and multiple state Medicaid systems
  • Semi-Secure/Secure facility
  • On-site licensed private school with state-certified teachers and recognized as a Non-public Special Education School by the State of California, Illinois and several other states.
  • Gender and age specific programs for Children and Adolescent students.
  • Evidence-based Substance Abuse programs
  • Recreational therapy and group activities
  • “Challenge” ropes course
  • Thorough psychiatric assessment, treatment and stabilization
  • Educational assessment and able to service most IEP’s
  • Intensive individual, group and family therapy
  • Medication monitoring
  • Coordinated treatment team approach – “Acuity Based Care” model
  • Multiple specialized skills and intervention groups to support a wide range of individual needs.