Frequently Asked Questions

Get life-changing help for your child or adolescent with emotional and behavioral issues, today. Youth Care Treatment Center and school has helped teens in crisis for 30 years. Youth Care is proud to serve youth all over the United States.

Where is your program located?

Youth Care is located in Draper, Utah (about 15 miles southeast of Salt Lake City). Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Wasatch Mountain Range, Draper combines the comfortable easy pace of residential life with a sophisticated metropolitan atmosphere.

What types of students is your program prepared to serve?

Youth Care is a licensed residential treatment center for adolescents and teens (ages 11 to 18) who are struggling with depression, thought disorders, social withdrawal or poor self-esteem due to learning disorders, substance abuse or other self-destructive behaviors.

For more detailed information visit our Student Profile page.

How much will tuition cost?

Because we offer comprehensive and highly individualized services, costs associated with enrolling in Youth Care depend upon a number of personal factors, including (but not necessarily limited to) anticipated length of stay and the nature and severity of the issues the child is struggling to overcome.

Our admissions advisors will be happy to work with you to develop a detailed financial picture based upon your family’s unique needs.

Will my child be working with qualified and licensed professionals?

Absolutely! In addition to being supremely talented, dedicated and experienced, the members of our academic, clinical and administrative teams hold a range of credentials, licenses and certifications.

For more specific information about the professionals who make Youth Care such a powerful and effective program, visit our Staff page.

Is your program accredited?

Yes. We are accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation for Health Care Organizations and the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS), and we are a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP).

How long will my child need to remain at Youth Care?

We believe that each child’s problems and care are unique and that it is impossible to standardize the length of stay. Our average length of stay is 115 days with some students staying up to a year and a half.

How will Youth Care meet my child’s academic needs?

Our academic program is accredited through the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and is designed to meet students’ individual needs. Our certified teachers are trained to work with gifted students, students with learning difficulties, and students with behavioral difficulties.

Academic support initiatives at Youth Care include educational assessments, individualized academic plans, study skills instruction, therapeutic behavioral modification and hands-on learning methods. For a detailed look at how we help students succeed visit our Academics page.

What types of therapeutic/clinical support will my child receive?

intensive therapeutic services begin the day the student is admitted to Youth Care. Upon arrival the student is interviewed, assessed and assigned a primary therapist.

The primary therapist interacts with the child weekly during individual therapy sessions, family therapy sessions, and some of the group sessions. Additionally, at least once a week the child’s issues and needs are discussed during the multi-disciplinary team meeting.

For a detailed look at the depth and breadth of treatment services that will be available to your child visit our Therapeutic Services page.

What is a typical day like for Youth Care students?

Students follow a structured schedule designed to provide a range of academic, therapeutic and productive recreational activities.


You can see a sample schedule HERE

How much involvement will I have in my child’s experience at your school?

Your involvement is essential to your child’s success — and our program is designed to include your family in the therapeutic process as much as possible. Highlights of our family support effort include weekly family therapy sessions, informal phone calls with your child, letters to (and from) home, home visits, and on-campus Parent Days.

For a more detailed look at the many ways, you can expect to be involved in your child’s Youth Care experience, visit our Family Involvement page.

How do you prepare students (and families) for life after Youth Care?

We work closely with all students and parents to prepare detailed plans to support our students’ continued successes after they complete our program and either return home or transition to another level of care.

How can I learn more about your school?

Call (866) 515-5202 or visit our Contact Us page. We look forward to discussing the many ways that Youth Care can help your child.

Marks of Quality Care
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Cognia
  • National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval

I'm very thankful for the staff at Youth Care. Our son's therapist and his other counselors were fantastic. Everyone we dealt with was caring and very professional. They challenged our son just enough and knew when and how to encourage him and to push him just the right amount. If it wasn't for Youth Care, the chances are great that our son would have overdosed or be in jail by now.

– Melissa H.