Primary Childrens Medical Center Wasatch Canyons Campus

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5770 South 1500 West
Building A
Salt Lake City, UT 84123

Treatment Effectiveness 4
Accommodations & Amenities 4
Meals & Nutrition 4


Wasatch Canyons Campus Primary Children’s Medical Center is a part of Intermountain Healthcare, a Utah-based, non-profit hospital system dedicated to helping people improve their health and quality of life in as many ways as possible.

Wasatch Canyons Primary Children’s Behavioral Health offers an inpatient psychiatric unit, an adolescent residential and day treatment program, adolescent chemical dependency and day treatment programs, latency residential and day treatment programs, and the Primary Children’s Center for Counseling.

We offer mental health and substance abuse treatment for children and adolescents age five to eighteen, via residential short and long-term treatment, outpatient programs, partial hospitalization and day treatment program, and programs for adolescents with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Wasatch Canyons understands that substance abuse is a chronic, progressive, disease of the brain that requires specialized, compassionate treatment to heal. We address all aspects of addiction by treating our patients physical, emotional, mental, and behavioral issues, and by offering them practical solutions and strategies for how to respond to stress, interpersonal conflict, and triggering situations without turning to substance abuse.

Wasatch Canyons provides special language services for the hearing impaired and for Spanish speakers. Payments can be made through private insurance, state financed insurance, or military insurance. Check with the facility for specifics on payment assistance, which we offer on a case by case basis.


Primary Children’s Behavioral Health at Wasatch Canyons provides a full spectrum of behavioral health and substance abuse treatment for children and adolescents age five to eighteen.

Inpatient Psychiatric Unit

Our inpatient psychiatric unit provides twenty-four hour care for adolescents and children who require immediate, intense psychiatric treatment. Wasatch Canyons secure, 20-bed psychiatric unit provides individual and family therapy, medical management, and additional therapeutic interventions.

Adolescent Residential and Day Treatment Programs

Wasatch Canyon’s Adolescent Residential and Day Treatment Programs is a 28-bed unit serving adolescents age 14 to 18, who are coping with serious psychiatric, emotional, addiction and dual diagnosis disorders. The residential program includes individual, group and family therapy; an accredited academic setting, recreation therapy, medication management and parent education. Day treatment provides all the same services as the residential program, but in a less restrictive program from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Adolescent Chemical Dependency and Day Treatment Programs

Wasatch Canyon offers Adolescent Chemical Dependency and Day Treatment Programs through Dayspring, which follows the disease model of addiction. The programs serve adolescents age 14 to 18 with chemical dependency and/or dual diagnosis issues. We evaluate and integrate all aspects of patient problems and concerns, including chemical dependency, developmental difficulties, and psychological, social, biological and educational issues. Program hours are Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with additional educational groups and family support offered on certain evenings.

Latency Residential and Day Treatment Programs

The Wasatch Canyon Latency Residential and Day Treatment Programs treat children age six to fourteen who suffer serious psychiatric disorders. This 24-bed, home-like environment provides quality care for severe behavioral, emotional, and psychiatric problems with the intention of returning a mentally healthier child to a home that has become better equipped to meet the child’s needs. In the case of children who cannot return home, we work to develop alternative permanency plans. Residential treatment programming provides medication management, recreation therapy, family, individual and group counseling; educational groups, parent support groups and parenting groups. The Day Treatment program provides all of these services, but in a less restrictive setting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Primary Children’s Center for Counseling

Primary Children’s Center for Counseling is a multidisciplinary outpatient treatment clinic located on the Wasatch Canyons Campus. The clinic serves clients age three to eighteen with a wide range of therapeutic services from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Services provided include intake evaluations, psychological testing, psycho-educational assessments, individual therapy, and medication management.


Wasatch Canyons provides inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential short and long-term treatment programs to children and adolescents age five to eighteen. There are specialized programs available to treat youth with serious psychiatric, chemical dependency and dual diagnosis issues.

Therapeutic interventions offered in these programs include:

Intake Evaluations: Wasatch Canyons addresses each child’s needs by conducting a thorough intake evaluation that includes medical examinations, psychological testing, and psycho-educational assessments. This way we can determine each individual patient’s unique needs and get to work creating a customized treatment plan to foster their recovery success.

Medication Management: Often, successful mental health and substance abuse recovery treatment requires the therapeutic use of medications such as antidepressants. Also, many patients come to us with other medical conditions such as diabetes, which require specific medical interventions. The qualified staff of doctors and nurses at Wasatch Canyons will ensure the safety of all patients through careful and considered medication management.

Recreation Therapy: Young people need to play to be healthy, and positive recreational activities are an essential component to healing. The counselors at Wasatch Canyons often use recreation as a form of therapy, helping patients to release stress, process emotions, learn more effective ways of communicating and working with others, and explore teamwork and conflict resolution. Recreation therapy also provides patients with practical therapeutic skills that can easily be continued in daily life after discharge.

Educational Groups: To ensure patient recovery success, Wasatch Canyons educates patients and their families about mental health and substance abuse issues. Information leads to understanding, which facilitates the growth and change needed to transform interpersonal relationships and home environments in healthy ways.

Parenting Groups: Parenting Groups at Wasatch Canyons help teach family leaders new ways of communicating, structuring home life, and guiding their children to create a more beneficial home environment for their child to return home to after treatment.

Parent Support Groups: Parents of troubled children suffer their own emotional issues and can greatly benefit from the validation, advice and mutual support that can be found in the Parent Support Groups offered at Wasatch Canyons.

Counseling: Wasatch Canyons provides individual, group and family counseling sessions. Individual counseling allows patients to discover and address their individual mental health issues in a safe, intensive, one on one setting. Group counseling helps them connect with other patients in a communal environment of acceptance. Learning to share their experiences in a group setting can foster self-acceptance and banish feelings of shame. Family counseling can resolve interpersonal conflicts, improve communication skills, and show family members ways to change their interactions and the home environment to better support the patient’s continued recovery success after discharge.

An Accredited Academic Setting: Wasatch Canyons understands the importance of education, and therefore most of our programs offer psychiatric and substance abuse treatments within an accredited academic setting so that patients do not sacrifice their educational progress for their recovery progress.


Wasatch Canyons specializes in inpatient and outpatient treatment of serious psychiatric conditions and substance abuse disorders suffered by children and adolescents age five to eighteen. Our counseling center also treats children as young as three.

At Wasatch Canyons, we understand that young people have complicated needs that are specific to their age group and living situations. We always involve parental education and family therapy into the treatment process because family support is essential to the recovery of young people who still live at home and are dependent upon parents for a healthy, stable home life. We seek to heal the entire family, which is always impacted by a loved one’s mental health and/or chemical dependency problems. Addiction is known as the family disease, because it always impacts the whole family, no matter how much the addicted adolescent attempts to conceal their substance abuse.

Our goal at Wasatch Canyons is to heal individuals and families. We take children and adolescents in crisis and provide specialized treatment to address their psychological, behavioral, and/or substance abuse issues with the goal of returning them home happier and healthier than before. We also seek to heal family wounds, and improve family dynamics along with the child’s home environment so that the patient returns to a home that supports their continued mental health and recovery success.

To treat our patients, Wasatch Canyons uses thorough medical and psychiatric assessments to evaluate each patient and determine a customized recovery plan to suit their unique needs. We offer counseling, medication management, and recreational therapy, among other therapeutic interventions, to help patients resolve crisis situations and improve their overall mental and physical health.

Wasatch Canyons also believes in the disease model of addiction. This means we understand substance abuse to be a chronic, progressive disease of the brain that requires careful, compassionate, professional treatment, and is no way a character flaw or weakness. We address the substance abuse of young people with professionalism, sensitivity and respect, addressing any co-occurring mental health disorders along with the primary addiction. We also teach our patients new, more positive patterns of thought and behavior to help them effectively cope with conflict, stress and trigger situations.


The educated and experienced staff at Wasatch Canyons is dedicated to transforming the lives of troubled children and their families. We use research and evidence based techniques to treat children and adolescents age three to eighteen who suffer severe psychological, emotional, behavioral and chemical dependency problems.

Our physicians, nurses, clinicians, counselors and support staff all work together to ensure that Wasatch Canyons is a warm, welcoming environment of health and healing. We seek to improve the lives of children and their families in lasting ways.

One of our many excellent staff members is Chris Rich, M.D., an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in German, and earned his medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine. His adult psychiatric residency was completed at UC San Diego, and his Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was completed at the University of Utah. Dr. Rich is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist who offers psychiatric services at the Wasatch Canyons Primary Children’s Hospital Center for Counseling. His clinical interests include early onset schizophrenia, childhood mood and anxiety disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.


  1. Gene

    Treatment Effectiveness 4
    Accommodations & Amenities 3.5
    Meals & Nutrition 4

    When I found out that my daughter was addicted to drugs I was devastated. I didn’t know what to do. On the suggestion of a friend, I called the Primary Children’s Medical Center to see if they could help. The representative who answered the phone was wonderful. She explained that the Wasatch Canyons Campus could help. They offer addiction treatment programs just for children and adolescents. The admissions clerk who I spoke with really understood how I felt and what I was going through with my daughter. She offered helpful suggestions about confirming if my daughter was actually on drugs and explained my treatment options. She even told me about what their center was like and encouraged me to seek counseling myself because of the issues I was experiencing with my daughter.

  2. Anonymous

    Treatment Effectiveness 3.5
    Accommodations & Amenities 4
    Meals & Nutrition 4

    When I first realized that my son was using drugs, I thought it was no big deal. Every kid tries it right. It wasn’t until I noticed that he had scars on his arms that I thought there might be a problem. I knew about the cutting and could forgive the drugs, but I drew the line at track marks. I got him into the inpatient program at Primary Children’s Medical Center. Despite the name they are very good with teenagers. When he came out of inpatient treatment, he was the kid that I remembered. He was happier and seemed to feel better. He is still in counseling but he is off the drugs. Primary Children’s Hospital helped him and me. They found that he had a mental illness and got him on the right medications for it. They didn’t solve all of our problems but they did solve the biggest ones.

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