Troubled teen treatment brings hundreds of millions to Utah economy

Aug 8, 2016 by

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is home to more than 100 residential treatment facilities for youth who are trying to improve their lives. And while the state takes care of some of its own kids, the facilities are drawing thousands of troubled youth from other states.

And with those youth comes hundreds of millions of dollars to Utah’s economy.

“Parents prefer Utah as a treatment venue,” said Brent Hall, director at the Provo-based Discovery Academy and president of the Utah Chapter of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs. He said Utah laws “allow parents to be treated as parents and kids to be treated as kids.”

He’s referring to the legal age of majority for medical care. In Utah, a child becomes an “adult” at age 18 and is, therefore, able to accept or deny any treatment.

“Utah is also seen as the edge of the Earth,” Hall said, tongue in cheek. The state, he said, has a “rural backdrop, where it is believed kids won’t get into much trouble.”

And, perhaps unrivaled, he said, is the staff, who mostly come from family friendly upbringings that profoundly influence mentoring styles.



Source: Troubled teen treatment brings hundreds of millions to Utah economy | Deseret News

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