Safety at Elevations

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may arise from historical incidents of abuse or neglect, we acknowledge that certain programs in the past relied on outdated behavior modification methods, lacked traditional therapy, and were operated by inexperienced staff or faith-based organizations with specific agendas.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

Elevations Reviews

I am very happy that we found Elevations RTC and our daughter has worked hard to deal with her condition and does so much more effectively than before. Thank you!


Throughout our experience at Elevations and now continuing with the Approach, we experienced the therapy/help to be focused on our son’s needs taking into account prior history as well as progress made.


Matt Seelos has been terrific. Our son appeared to trust him and open up to him. He was great at helping us navigate many of the family communication and trust issues that arose.


Strengths of the program are the therapeutic, residential and medical staff, along with solid academic program and a good process for communication amongst these teams, are the DBT framework and positive peer mentoring, and all gender inclusive environment.


Great supportive teachers! Especially, Jon Kortman, Peggy Dopp and Jen Capellen. We really appreciate their honest feedback and support with our son. Jon was instrumental in providing timely information to our IEP team at home to help with our son’s transition back to his home school.


My daughter spent eight months at elevations and overcame many challenges with the help of an amazing therapist and a supportive environment.

Scott M.

Success began with a safe environment. The Elevations staff was nurturing and supportive. The therapeutic team at Elevations was patient, determined and caring. My daughter found both support and challenge from the positive peer culture and team process.

Janda E.

Our son had a wonderful experience at Elevations.  This program follows through on what it promises.  The staff is excellent.


It was a great nurturing environment. She really loved the staff and would go to them if she was struggling or needed help, advice, or just to talk.

Deann C.

This was the fourth placement for our son. It was the only one where he finally became stable. We could not have asked for a better outcome at this time!


I will forever be grateful to Elevations for giving me back my daughter. She is back living a productive and healthy life.  Elevations provided her the ability to hold herself accountable for her own future.


We have our child back. Keep up the good work!


Our son had a wonderful experience at Elevations.  This program follows through on what it promises. The staff is excellent.



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

The 5 Peaks of Elevations


Peak 1: Relationship Model

Every aspect of Elevations is driven by a relationship model where we seek to repair family and peer relationships.


Peak 2 : Therapeutic

Elevations provides a highly professional, therapeutic program which is supported by our accredited staff.


PEAK 3 : Engaging

Elevations offers amazing opportunities for students to experience clinically supported adventure therapy.

4 peak

PEAK 4 : Valuable

At Elevations, we know that there is no price that you can put on the success and happiness of your child.


Peak 5 : Future Oriented

At Elevations, we can help your teen find their success for college and beyond.