Behavioral Health Treatment Center for Adolescents & Teens in Utah

Youth Care Treatment Center and school has helped teens with mental health disorders all over the United States for 30 years. Our unique approach is based off of solid morals and beliefs to help adolescents be successful in turning their lives around.

Mental Health Disorder Treatment

Learn more about mental health disorder treatment at Youth Care Treatment Center in Utah

As a parent, it can be difficult to determine when adolescent behavior issues cross the line from typical teen challenges to symptoms of a behavioral disorder.

For example, just about every adolescent will have temporary periods of dark moods, withdrawal, or opposition. But when these and other behaviors persist, or become so severe that they interfere with the young person’s healthy development, they may be symptoms of a behavioral health disorder or a similar problem.

The following disorders are associated with problematic or otherwise unacceptable behaviors:

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – Common symptoms include problems with focus and concentration, as well as struggles with impulse control.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) – This disorder typically involves intrusive and unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Some adolescents with OCD only have obsessions, others only have compulsions, and some experience both.
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) – Young people who have ODD tend to be angry, argumentative, and irritable. They may refuse to follow the guidance of authority figures, blame others for problems, and be vindictive.
  • Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) – Adolescents who struggle with RAD may not seek comfort when distressed, may not respond to offers of comfort, and may fail to engage socially or emotionally with others.
  • Self-harm – Unlike the others on this list, self-harm is not a disorder. It may be a symptom of another disorder, or it may occur in response to overwhelming stress or pressure, low self-esteem, or another cause.

Young people who are suffering from one of the disorders or behavioral issues discussed on this page can benefit from effective professional treatment. Getting appropriate care for your child now can prevent ongoing harm and promote positive development.

How to Help a Loved One

Helping a loved one get treatment for mental health disorders

The following are common symptoms that may indicate an adolescent is struggling with more than a developmental phase or typical teen angst:

  • Seems unable to concentrate or focus
  • Fails to follow directions or follow through on projects
  • Is easily distracted
  • Defies rules or requests from authority figures
  • Blames others for their own mistakes or problems
  • Deliberately annoys or agitates others
  • Rarely engages with or responds to others
  • Experiences periods of unexplained irritability, fear, or sadness
  • Washes hands over and over again, repeats words, or engages in other obsessive behaviors
  • Cuts or burns skin, pulls out hair, or otherwise causes intentional self-injury

Some of the symptoms listed above (such as self-harm) are obvious signs that an adolescent is in crisis. Others may be problematic only due to their intensity or duration, or the distress that they cause.

Determining whether or not a behavior is symptomatic of a disorder can be quite the challenge. If you have any concerns that your child may be in crisis, get a thorough assessment from a qualified healthcare provider.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for mental health disorders at Youth Care Treatment Center in Utah

Depending upon the nature and severity of your child’s behavioral issues, professional treatment may be your best option.

At Youth Care Treatment Center, your child will receive comprehensive care, personalized according to their unique needs. Throughout the process, you will remain in close contact with your son or daughter and with the members of their treatment team.

Among the many advantages of healing at Youth Care is that your child can step away from the stresses, pressures, and distractions of daily life. At our treatment center in Draper, Utah, your son or daughter will work with compassionate professionals in a supportive atmosphere.

Our specialized programming can help your child make positive behavioral changes, develop more effective coping skills, and function in a healthier manner – both independently and within groups.

By identifying the root causes of your child’s behavioral issues, and working with you to implement focused solutions, we can get your child back on the path towards a healthier and more satisfying future.

Our Philosophy

Youth Care Treatment Center philosophy and benefits

At Youth Care, we believe that teens in crisis are best served in a home-like setting that emphasizes personalized interactions, close supervision and comprehensive professional support.

In this supportive therapeutic environment, students benefit from the guidance of caring professionals who know them not merely as clients, but as unique individuals with specific strengths, weaknesses, hopes and fears.

The Youth Care environment is built upon a foundation of mutual respect. Our students are expected to treat staff and peers with respect and in return they can expect to be treated with respect.

Staff members are trained to apply consequences and provide feedback for students in a respectful manner without demeaning or belittling the adolescent.

We feel strongly about the value of long-lasting family relationships, and we believe that family involvement is critical to the success of the child, both while in treatment and following placement.

To support these beliefs, our program is designed to help students develop a greater appreciation for their own families – and we strive to include the family in the therapeutic process as much as possible.

Here are our five core values:

  • Respect – for our patients, our employees, and our community
  • Integrity – in our dealings with all those whose lives we touch
  • Accountability – to our patients and their families, and to our colleagues
  • Responsibility – for the decisions we make and the actions we take
  • Excellence – in every task we perform


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

Now I can sleep at night. My son is safe and finally moving forward after three other residential facilities and weekly therapies of all kinds - for years - in three different countries.

– Linda C.