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

Behavioral Care Department Website Page

We provide professional and comprehensive services in the fields of mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, and social services to enhance the quality of life for the Paiute people and surrounding communities.

It is our policy to demonstrate respect for 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 compassionate support of clients who take responsibility for their own decisions.


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

Most services are available to eligible tribal members and their families at no charge. Behavioral Health Services (outpatient substance abuse counseling and mental health counseling) are available to all community members on a sliding fee schedule based on income and family size through the Paiute Tribal Clinics.

Social Services Programs
(only available to eligible Indians as defined by the Bureau of Indian Affairs)

  • Child Welfare Services are provided in conjunction with the State of Utah Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS), who provide Child Protective Services. Our goal is to keep families together whenever possible.
  • Indian Homes For Indian Children is the Paiute Tribe's Foster Parent Program. It adheres to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) guidelines, providing training and licensing of Native American homes for the placement of Native American children. We are continually looking for additional homes for Paiute children. (See Indian Homes For Indian Children Brochure)
  • Parenting Education is available as needed either individually (in home) or in a group/classroom setting. We utilize curriculum such as Positive Indian Parenting, Parenting for Success, and Love and Logic, which are designed to provide brief, practical, and culturally-specific skills for parents. Certificates of completion are available upon request.
  • Case Management provides assistance to tribal members who need ongoing assistance (i.e. disabled, elders) by connecting and coordinating with 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 vouchers, bus passes 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.
  • PITU Child Care Program provides financial childcare assistance to Tribal members who meet eligibility guidelines while they are working, going to school/training, or job searching.

Behavioral Health Programs:

  • 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. Red Road is free of charge and is an open meeting. Everyone is welcome!
  • Prevention Activities such as the Native Youth Program, Spirit Run, Open Bird and Drum, Flute Circle and Healing Circle are offered throughout the year to engage youth and families in positive activities, to promote overall health and wellbeing, and to prevent drug and alcohol abuse. Assistance from other PITU departments and community partners is enlisted to provide these activities.
  • Substance Abuse Outpatient Treatment provides individual and group counseling, as well as assistance with court requirements, evaluations, and drug and alcohol screening.
  • Substance Abuse Inpatient Treatment (I.H.S. Contract Health eligible tribal members only) is on average a 45 day stay at an I.H.S. approved facility. Due to funding restrictions, 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. Clients needing or wanting this level of treatment must meet ASAM criteria and complete necessary pre-requisites (i.e. physical clearance, I.H.S./treatment center paperwork, court requirements, Treatment Readiness Curriculum) prior to being approved for inpatient treatment.
  • Substance Abuse Aftercare/Continuing Treatment 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 aftercare treatment as of our continuum of care.
  • 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.


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