Heritage Schools

Heritage Schools

Heritageis a non-profit, long-term, free-standing residential treatment program locatedon a 19 acre campus at the base of the Wasatch Mountainsin Provo, Utah.  “Heritage approaches the treatment and careof adolescents from the point of view that the most crucial issues for them aresafety, relationships, and the development of emotional attachments.  Our approach is to build on the positive aspectsof supportive relationships and to provide nurture and security together withclinical assistance and structured care. Our successful 27+ year history has shown that this philosophy oftreatment gives troubled teens the skills and attitudes they need to regaincontrol of their lives.” – Jerry Spanos, Founder

Aprogram for adolescent girls and boys ages 12 through 17, Heritage typicallyworks with youth who are experiencing one or more of the following:  Anxiety Disorders (Panic, Obsessive Compulsive, Posttraumatic Stress Disorders), AttentionDeficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Mood Disorders (Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Dysthymia), ImpulseControl Disorder, mild Psychotic Disorders, Aspergers, LearningDisorders, Identity Disorder, Cognitive Disorder(functional), Attachment Disorder, Relational Disorders, OppositionalDefiant Disorder, and Substance Related and Use Disorders.  The average length of stay is 14 months.  Minimum length of stay is six months.

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

Heritageoffers individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, family therapy, milieutherapy, and therapeutic recreation. We offer a variety of specialty groups which include communication, trauma,anger management, DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), adoption, and socialskills.  Other specialty groups may bestarted on an as-needed basis.  Atreatment team consisting of a psychiatrist, primary therapist, nurse, teacher,recreation therapist, and mental health workers are assigned to each youth andmeet weekly to discuss the adolescent’s progress. Three months prior todischarge we provide groups to prepare adolescents to transition home or tolive independently.  We provideservices for adolescents who have emotional and academic problems incombination with a substance abuse problem. These youth will participate indaily therapy groups with a licensed Chemical Dependency or Masters LevelCounselor. Oncampus intensive support services are provided for youth who areexperiencing a temporary need for more supervision and care.  Intensive support services involve dailydispositional planning and objectives clinically designed to stabilize andredirect a student who is at risk to self or others.  These services are provided in an area thatis staff secure with a higher level of supervision.


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



Heritageoffers a unique Equestrian experience from Western Riding instruction to EquineTherapy groups.  A beautiful stablehouses our horses with indoor and outdoor riding arenas which allow thisprogram to operate year round. This program is CHA (Certified HorsemanshipAssociation) certified.



Heritageproduces full-scale Broadway-style musicals in our 627-seat state of the artPerforming Arts Center.  All students whoaudition become the actors for the show and, after months of rehearsals underthe direction of theater professionals, perform in front of live audiences.



Our19 acre campus has  13 homes, with 10 to16 students in each home.  Our on-campusfacilities include indoor/outdoor equestrian riding arenas, indoor swimmingpool, 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.  



Heritageprofessional staff includes psychiatrists, psychiatric A.P.R.N., licensedclinical/therapeutic staff (LCSW, LPC, LMFT), and trained residentialstaff.  Additionally, Heritage offersnursing services (RN, LPN), licensed therapeutic recreation specialists,registered dietician, and professional licensed and special education certifiedteachers.



Heritageis accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of HealthcareOrganizations (JCAHO), licensed by the State of Utah Department of HumanServices, and is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC). Earnedcredits are transferable to other schools and colleges.  Our Equestrian program is CHA (CertifiedHorsemanship Association) Certified.


For more informationcontact our Admissions Department at 800-942-8336 for a current daily rate orto 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 virtualtour, learn more about us, and access our admissions application.

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