Utah State Hospital

USH provides excellent care in a safe and respectful environment to promote hope and quality of life for individuals with mental illness.

Treatment programs

Utah State Hospital provides a safe and healing environment in which all people are treated with dignity and respect. It is our purpose to assist patients to reach their potential, through individualized treatment, with a high value being placed on meeting the needs of each patient in a humanistic, caring and professional manner.

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Adults

Adult services consists of 5 units providing various interventions to assist patients in the optimal management of their illness and increasing life skills.

  • Serves adult patients with severe mental illness.
  • Multi-disciplinary clinical team.
  • Best practice model of treatment
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Pediatric

The Cedar unit serves 20 boys and girls ages 6 to 12. The Maple and Birch units serve 12 to 18-year-old adolescents with 26 beds each.

  • Serves children and adolescent girls and boys
  • Comprehensive treatment services
  • State-of-the-art facility
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Forensic

The forensic services serves court-ordered individuals in 6 different inpatient units, a jail-based unit in Salt Lake County, and through outreach across Utah jails, prison and the community.

  • Competency restoration services
  • Mental health treatment for individuals with various legal statuses
  • State-of-the-art secure treatment facility
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Visiting the Hospital

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Find your way around

Download a copy of our campus map. From our museum on the west side to our amphitheaterĀ and castle to the east, use our map to find the right building or service once you're on campus.
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Visiting procedures

Family members and friends are encouraged to visit. Regular visiting hours vary between the different buildings and according to the day of the week, weekend or holiday. To arrange for a visit, please contact the social worker or the unit staff in advance of your visit.

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Hospital Overview

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State-of-the-art psychiatric hospital

Our goal is to always improve the safety and quality of care for our patients.  The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is a leader in recovery oriented treatment for individuals with mental illness.  The campus is located in the foothills of the Wasatch Front and is in a beautiful and peaceful, healing environment. Programs are designed to help individuals succeed when transitioning into the community. We have services provided by a variety of disciplines, including psychiatry, nursing, social work, recreational therapy, occupational therapy, vocational rehabilitation, physical therapy, music therapy, psychology, medical services, neuropsychological services, and substance use counseling.

Utah State Hospital (1896)

Our history

The Utah State Hospital began as the Territorial Insane Asylum in 1885 at Provo, Utah (which at the time was a days' travel from Salt Lake City). The particular site in Provo was some eight blocks from the nearest residence and was separated from the city by swampland and the city dump. The message this reveals about the prevailing attitudes regarding mental illness is unmistakable.
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Get involved with USH

If you're looking to get involved with the hospital, there are so many great opportunities available! Whether you're interested in volunteering your time, gaining valuable experience through an internship, or exploring potential employment opportunities, there's something for everyone. 

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Volunteering

Active volunteer involvement accomplishes a dual role at Utah State Hospital. First, it helps our patients to feel accepted by the community and helps them to relate socially. Secondly, community involvement is a teaching experience to help educate the community about mental illness and the programs offered at USH.

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Internships for students

Internships are highly productive learning experiences for preparing students to enter the job market. Intern positions are available at Utah State Hospital working in occupational therapy, psychology, recreational therapy, and social work.

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Employment

Investments and retirement

A variety of investment and retirement options are available. To utilize online fund management and learn more about these options, visit Utah Retirement Systems.

Health, dental, and life insurance

Whether enrolling for the first time or considering new coverage options, the Health Benefits Training site provides basic information, plan overviews, FAQs, and contact information for further assistance with the enrollment process.

Employee discounts

There are several programs available that provide discounted local and nationwide retail, entertainment, lodging, theme parks and more