Provo Canyon School

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Provo Canyon School (PCS) is a residential treatment center for teenagers with two campuses in Utah. The boys' campus is in Provo and the girls' campus is in Springville. An early adolescent program is attached to the girl's campus in Springville. The primary focus of the programs is residential treatment for emotionally and behaviorally troubled youth. The clients receive a wide range of interventions including recreational, individual, group and art therapy. Other interventions offered are Neurofeedback and substance abuse therapy.

Provo Canyon School is owned and operated as a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc., which bought the school from Charter Behavioral Health Systems in 2000.[1]


Paris Hilton, who attended Provo Canyon for about one year when she was a teenager, alleged that the staff emotionally and physically abused her.[2][3][4]

Several individual and class-action lawsuits were filed against the school during the 1980s and 1990s, alleging abuse, violation of students' First Amendment rights, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy, medical negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, civil conspiracy, loss of parental consortium, and battery.[5]


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Coordinates: 40°10′40″N 111°38′21″W / 40.17778°N 111.63917°W / 40.17778; -111.63917