Heritage Schools


Heritage is a non-profit, long-term, free-standing residential treatment program located on a 19 acre campus at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Provo, Utah.  “Heritage approaches the treatment and care of adolescents from the point of view that the most crucial issues for them are safety, relationships, and the development of emotional attachments.  Our approach is to build on the positive aspects of supportive relationships and to provide nurture and security together with clinical assistance and structured care.  Our successful 27+ year history has shown that this philosophy of treatment gives troubled teens the skills and attitudes they need to regain control of their lives.” " Jerry Spanos, Founder

A program for adolescent girls and boys ages 12 through 17, Heritage typically works with youth who are experiencing one or more of the following:  Anxiety Disorders (Panic, Obsessive Compulsive, Posttraumatic Stress Disorders), Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Mood Disorders (Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Dysthymia), Impulse Control Disorder, mild Psychotic Disorders, Aspergers, Learning Disorders, Identity Disorder, Cognitive Disorder (functional), Attachment Disorder, Relational Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Substance Related and Use Disorders.  The average length of stay is 14 months.  Minimum length of stay is six months.

The on-campus year round program provides an educational opportunity for students in grades 7 through 12 and is fully accredited (NWAC).  The program is designed to allow students who have not achieved well to catch up, as well as to provide challenging college preparatory courses for students with motivation to achieve.  The program also makes it possible for students to move ahead at their own pace, in some cases making up several grades in a year’s time. Classroom size ranges from 8 to 12 students.  Our teachers are state certified and are endorsed in special education.

Heritage offers individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, family therapy, milieu therapy, and therapeutic recreation. We offer a variety of specialty groups which include communication, trauma, anger management, DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), adoption, and social skills.  Other specialty groups may be started on an as-needed basis.  A treatment team consisting of a psychiatrist, primary therapist, nurse, teacher, recreation therapist, and mental health workers are assigned to each youth and meet weekly to discuss the adolescent’s progress. Three months prior to discharge we provide groups to prepare adolescents to transition home or to live independently.  We provide services for adolescents who have emotional and academic problems in combination with a substance abuse problem. These youth will participate in daily therapy groups with a licensed Chemical Dependency or Masters Level Counselor. Oncampus intensive support services are provided for youth who are experiencing a temporary need for more supervision and care.  Intensive support services involve daily dispositional planning and objectives clinically designed to stabilize and redirect a student who is at risk to self or others.  These services are provided in an area that is staff secure with a higher level of supervision.


Therapeutic recreation groups, leisure education, community resource awareness, self-esteem groups and a wide variety of on-campus recreational activities such as swimming, equestrian activities, crafts, climbing wall, and intramural sports are all part of the Therapeutic Recreation program available to all students.  Once a student has entered the Contemplation stage of their treatment program, other seasonal off-campus activities such as snow skiing, water sports, camping, hiking, fishing, community excursions, etc. are available.


Heritage offers a unique Equestrian experience from Western Riding instruction to Equine Therapy groups.  A beautiful stable houses our horses with indoor and outdoor riding arenas which allow this program to operate year round. This program is CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) certified.


Heritage produces full-scale Broadway-style musicals in our 627-seat state of the art Performing Arts Center.  All students who audition become the actors for the show and, after months of rehearsals under the direction of theater professionals, perform in front of live audiences.


Our 19 acre campus has  13 homes, with 10 to 16 students in each home.  Our on-campus facilities include indoor/outdoor equestrian riding arenas, indoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor volleyball and basketball courts, racquetball court, game room, low-level ropes course, indoor climbing wall, a 627 seat auditorium, and athletic fields for softball, soccer, and flag football.  


Heritage professional staff includes psychiatrists, psychiatric A.P.R.N., licensed clinical/therapeutic staff (LCSW, LPC, LMFT), and trained residential staff.  Additionally, Heritage offers nursing services (RN, LPN), licensed therapeutic recreation specialists, registered dietician, and professional licensed and special education certified teachers.


Heritage is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), licensed by the State of Utah Department of Human Services, and is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC). Earned credits are transferable to other schools and colleges.  Our Equestrian program is CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) Certified.

For more information contact our Admissions Department at 800-942-8336 for a current daily rate or to screen your adolescent.  Medication, outpatient medical/dental expenses, and clothing are not covered in the otherwise all-inclusive rate.  Go to our website (www.HeritageRTC.org) to see a virtual tour, learn more about us, and access our admissions application.

Susie Fell, Director of Admissions, 800-942-8336, [email protected]  Confidential Fax:  801-226-4641