Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah: Behavioral Care Department

Contact Information:
Behavioral Care Department
440 North Paiute Drive
Cedar City, UT 84721

Phone: (435)-586-1112 x500
Fax: (435)-867-1516

Mission Statement:
Our mission is to provide professional and comprehensive services in the fields of mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, and case management for the purpose of assisting tribal members in need of these services.

It is our mission to demonstrate respect for all clients at all times, always providing our services in a confidential manner. We believe in providing our services as a team, in partnership with clients, and that success is predicated on consistent support of clients who take responsibility for their own decisions.

Prerequisites of Receiving Service:
Clients must meet with the Behavioral Care Intake Coordinator and complete intake paperwork before services can be utilized. For clients seeking inpatient treatment, the following eligibility criteria must be satisfied:

  • Individuals must have made every effort to obtain help through outpatient services (attending A.A., following doctors' orders for medication, meeting weekly with a Substance Abuse Prevention Counselor, and completion of the TRAC Pre-Treatment Program.
  • Individuals must be ready for treatment and acknowledge a desire to complete the entire program voluntarily. Those who do not complete the program and follow through with their aftercare plan may be required to re-pay the Tribe for the portion of treatment they did receive, as well as provide their own transportation home.
  • Individuals may go to inpatient treatment only after all jail time has been served.

The Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah's Behavioral Care Department offers tribal members and their families programs in the areas of Social Services, Substance Abuse Prevention, and Mental Health Counseling.

The Behavioral Care Department serves enrolled tribal members living in the counties of Iron, Washington, Millard, and Sevier. The department also serves immediate family members of or any Native American living in the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah reservation lands.


  • Indian Homes For Indian Children is the Paiute Tribe's Foster Parent Program. It adheres to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) guidelines while providing training and licensing of Native American homes for the placement of Native American children. We are continually looking for additional foster homes for Paiute children. (See Indian Homes For Indian Children Brochure)
  • Prime For Life is a 16 hour DUI/alcohol education course taught by certified instructors in all Band areas. This course is available for court-ordered and voluntary participants. There is a $200 fee (includes evaluation) for eligible tribal members, and $250 fee (no evaluation included) for non-tribal participants. (See Prime For Life Schedule)
  • Red Road to Sobriety is a Native-based A.A. meeting. It is offered in Cedar City on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. at the PITU headquarters and in Shivwits (Washington County) on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. A.A. is free of charge and is an open meeting. Everyone is welcome!
  • Outpatient Treatment for substance abuse is available to all eligible enrolled members of the PITU. Substance Abuse Counselors provide individual and group counseling, as well as assistance with court requirements, evaluations, and drug and alcohol screening.
  • Inpatient Treatment for substance abuse is on average a 45 day stay at an I.H.S. approved facility. First priority is given to individuals up to age 24, adult pregnant women, or single women with dependent children. Male tribal members over age 24 will be served as funds are available. The eight-week TRAC pre-treatment curriculum must be completed prior to being approved for inpatient treatment.
  • Aftercare is an intensive individualized treatment program which assists individuals in maintaining sobriety and healthy lifestyles. After completing inpatient treatment, all clients are expected to participate in a minimum of 24 months of aftercare treatment.
  • Mental Health Counseling and Assessment is available free of charge for all eligible tribal members in each of the Band areas. Mental health evaluations are available for court-ordered clients. Support groups focus on topics such as grief, depression, and suicide prevention.
  • Positive Indian Parenting is a traditional Native American curriculum designed to provide a brief, practical, culturally-specific training program for Indian parents. Parenting classes are scheduled at each of the Band areas throughout the year. Certificates of completion are available for court-ordered participants.
  • Case Management provides assistance to tribal members in linking and coordinating tribal and other community services.
  • PITU Child Care Program provides financial assistance to tribal members who meet eligibility guidelines. (See PITU Child Care Brochure)
  • Family Crisis Assistance is offered in the form of food and Deseret Industries vouchers to aid families and individuals during periods of economic hardship. Food boxes are available once a month in each of the Band areas. Please call the Department for a list of upcoming food box delivery dates and times.
  • Open Gym Night is offered from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from October thru April for community recreation and to further promote healthy Native lifestyles. This program is free of charge and open to the public.

The Behavioral Care Department has 11 staff members, including three Licensed Clinical Social Workers, three Social Service Workers, an Aftercare Coordinator, two Substance Abuse Counselors and an Intake Coordinator.

Useful Links:
National Indian Child Welfare Association
Utah Department of Health
Indian Health Service
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Utah Division of Child and Family Services
Prime For Life
Utah Domestic Violence Council
National Suicide Hotlines USA
Utah Department of Workforce Services