Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Youth Care Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Youth Care Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Portrait of Gwen Laws-Clawson, LCMHC, a therapist at Youth Care Treatment Center

Gwen Laws-Clawson, LCMHC

Gwen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling, from a National Board for Certified Counselors-accredited university. She has experience with a variety of clients in multiple clinical settings. In addition to her position at Youth Care, Gwen is a Domestic Violence Treatment Program Director and a Clinical Director at Atlas Therapeutic Services and has a private practice at the Juracan Center. She has served as the chair for the Utah County Domestic Violence Coalition, where she has helped victims, perpetrators, and their families find healing. She has worked for the Utah Department of Child and Family Services in family preservation counseling as well as for the Department of Corrections at the Utah State Prison in the Excell program, a residential substance abuse treatment program for female inmates. Gwen is also an affiliate provider for the Network on Juveniles Offending Sexually (NOJOS) and for the Utah Department of Corrections Sex Offender Task Force. Prior to becoming a Mental Health Counselor, Gwen held a Utah Educator license with a secondary music endorsement. While teaching in the public school system, she worked with at-risk youth and youth in custody at the Lighthouse Learning Center alternative high school. As an experienced Clinical Mental Health Counselor, it is her goal to provide a safe, comfortable, open-minded environment in which students feel free to express themselves and to reframe and integrate their experiences in ways that encourage well-being, self-worth, healing, and hope.

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

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.