Safety at Elevations
- Accredited by The Joint Commission
- Licensed through Utah Department of Health and Human Services for Intermediate Secure Residential Care
- Academic Accreditation through Cognia
- Certified by Utah Department of Education to deliver Special Education Services
- Certified by California Department of Education as a Non Public School provider of Special Education Services
- Certified by Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction as a Non Public School provide of Special Education Services
- Certified by Department of Homeland Security as a Student and Visitor Exchange Program allowing enrollment of international students
- Utah Department of Health
Student Safety is Paramount
At Elevations RTC, student safety is our top priority. While negative press about treatment programs may arise from historical incidents of abuse or neglect, we acknowledge that certain programs in the past relied on outdated behavior modification methods, lacked traditional therapy, and were operated by inexperienced staff or faith-based organizations with specific agendas. Programs today have increased regulation and oversight of therapeutic programs in Utah and other states.
Elevations RTC firmly believes that all young people, especially the vulnerable, deserve safe and humane mental health care. While some negative experiences may still occur in certain therapeutic settings, we support the correction or closure of programs that fail to provide safe care.
Regulation and Oversight is Crucial
Treatment programs have significantly evolved over the past 2-3 decades. Today, programs should be licensed by the state, evidence-based, supervised by medical professionals and licensed mental health clinicians, and prioritize compassionate care. Accreditation from national associations dedicated to safety, quality, and effectiveness is also sought.
In Utah, therapeutic programs are closely regulated by the State Office of Licensing, a division of the Department of Human Services. These programs must adhere to stringent safety and effectiveness standards, with inspections conducted four times a year by specially trained state licensors. Half of these inspections are unannounced, and safety-related incidents are investigated by the Office of Licensing. Programs that do not maintain a track record of safety and effectiveness may face sanctions or closure.
An Evidence-Based Approach
Elevations RTC prioritizes evidence-based best practices, clinical expertise, and inspiring interpersonal relationships. Our approach does not rely on a complex system of punishments and rewards. Instead, students are treated with dignity and respect, encouraging them to explore new beliefs and behaviors that lead to greater happiness. We utilize cutting-edge therapeutic modalities (link to clinical page) to teach skills and promote personal growth.
Respected and Experienced Professionals
At Elevations RTC, our staff consists of highly qualified professionals. Led by a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, our team of clinicians, teachers, and administrators are professionally trained and fully licensed. Our supervisory staff, composed of paraprofessionals, holds certifications in CPR and First Aid, passes national background checks to work with youth, receives training in de-escalation and safety techniques, and is enrolled in Clinical Deep Dive Training.
Going Above and Beyond
Furthermore, Elevations RTC goes above and beyond the state-required minimums. We hold accreditation from The Joint Commission, maintaining the highest Gold Status since our establishment. We are a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and commitment to safety and effectiveness is demonstrated by our track record of zero known incidents of abuse or neglect.
For objective evidence of our program’s effectiveness, we collect outcome data using standardized assessment tools handled by third-party researchers at the University of New Hampshire. Our ongoing study supports the effectiveness of our model. We also encourage you to explore success stories from therapeutic program alumni nationwide at www.thrivingnow.me
Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Our statement on promoting acceptance
Elevations, The Approach, and The ViewPoint Center are committed to reflect on ourselves and our systems to take action in a way that supports equity and inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, and identity. We are committed to do better; we are committed to do more. Our goal is to make everlasting change in the lives of our students and their families as well as create a safe space on our campus for all students, staff, and families. We will continue to listen, improve, evolve, and grow.
The Syracuse Campus Leadership Team