TREATMENT PROGRAMS

It is the goal of Adult Services to provide 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 an aim toward their return to the community. A high value is placed on meeting the needs of each patient in a humanistic, caring, and professional way.

Adult Services

Utah State Hospital Adult Services provides the highest level of psychiatric inpatient care. Five 30 bed units, housed in the Rampton Building, provide pharmacologic and psychosocial interventions to assist patients in optimal management of their illness and increasing life skills.

A treatment mall located off the units, offers group psychotherapy and psychoeducational interventions that are Evidenced Based.

An integrated multi-disciplinary treatment approach is employed with collaboration between treating professionals, patients, and their families. Adult Services clinicians work closely with the Local Mental Health Authority liaisons from across the state in the assessment of treatment needs, development of treatment plans, implementation of care, and the coordinated discharge process to return patients to the appropriate level of care in the community.

USH also operates a 4-bed short stay (30 days or less) unit that acute psychiatric services for the rural areas of Utah who lack adequate access to acute psychiatric beds in their communities.

Pediatric Services

The pediatric services offered at Utah State Hospital include 3 units consisting of a co-ed children’s unit with 20 beds, and an adolescent boys’ and girls’ unit serving 12-18 year olds with 26 beds each.

Children with severe mental illness are admitted from around the state through their local mental health authority. The pediatric units are staffed by a team of highly skilled and board certified mental health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, recreational therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and pediatricians. After a thorough assessment is completed, the clinical team with input from the child’s family create a comprehensive individual treatment plan based on evidenced based treatment. It is organized into treatment tracks which offer specific modalities such as individual, group, and family therapy, medication management, behavior support plans, and cognitive remediation specific for each child’s needs.

Each child is enrolled in a 6 hour per day, year round school program administered through Provo School District. Family involvement is critical to the child’s treatment at USH, which lasts approximately 6 months.

Forensic Services

The forensic services, housed in a secure building, serves 100 court-ordered individuals on four different units. Most of the individuals have been found by a judge to be ‘Not Competent to Stand Trial’. Treatment is to facilitate restoration of their competence. Programming includes educational services, medication management, substance abuse, anger management, and medical illness. Individuals adjudicated as ‘Guilty and Mentally Ill’ receive treatment prior to serving their criminal sentence. As Utah is one of four states restricting use of the ‘insanity defense’, only a small minority of individuals have a status of ‘Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity’.

Philosophy of treatment emphasizes individualized care, tracking outcomes to improve services, and integrates established scientific evidence base into complex clinical scenarios that also foster individual preference, autonomy, and family input whenever possible. Clinical intervention is provided in multi-disciplinary fashion, including board certified psychiatrists as clinical directors (including subspecialty forensic psychiatry board certification with faculty appointments to the University of Utah), psychologists with advanced forensic training and experience, licensed clinical social workers as therapists and administrative directors, registered and advanced practice nurses, occupational and recreational therapists, vocational rehabilitation experts, and psychiatric technicians.