Gemstone provides residential responsive support to youth that includes education, evidence based groups, family support services and skills development for youth who are moving toward an action or maintenance stage of change.

This program will:

  • Identify available community resources and how to access them to support the youth’s educational, vocational, and medical/treatment needs
  • Identify community supports and identify previous skills learned
  • Build skills to reduce risk on criminogenic need that are responsive and are identified in needs assessment service plan
  • Practice skills that are being taught through skill practice strategies
  • Meet educational needs including credit recovery and educational assessment


The goal of Gemstone is to reduce recidivism and risk by assisting youths to successfully implement their needs assessment service plan.

Evidence Based Curricula Include:

Carey Guides, Seeking Safety, Casey Life Skills, Case Planning tool, SPARK, Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
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Programming Offered:

  • Skills Based Groups: Gemstone provides youth support to build skills in these areas: resume writing/interviewing, job applications, finances and yard care. In addition Gemstone youth can participate in the Talk Circle/Sweat Lodge, Girls Moving On, Safe Date, YWCA, and Art Journal.
  • Vocational Training and Certifications: on-site employment skills in screen printing, carpentry, computer technology and other work related areas to include: Microsoft, Serve Safe, Food Handlers, OSHA, Fire Extinguisher, Flagger, and Bicycle Collective.
  • Education: will receive education on site through the Granite School District. Youth can also participate in credit recovery with North Ridge Learning, Music/Guitar with Granite School District and GED preparation with Granite School District.
  • Restitution/Work: will receive support from staff to find gainful employment to help the youth save funds for needs, independent living or to pay restitution obligations.
  • Clinical Support: provides evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy in partnership with the Local Mental Health Authority for acute and ongoing therapeutic needs as indicated by assessment or as defined by the Utah Juvenile Court.
  • Family Involvement: encourages parents and families to play an active role in treatment through Child & Family Team Meetings, weekly updates, and home visits from our staff.

Target Population

Female, moderate to high-risk youths, ages 14-18 years old, who lack the skills to function appropriately in a school setting. Eligibility and appropriateness for Gemstone will be determined by screening with referring agency.

Length of Stay

Length of stay in the program is individualized for each youth and will be between 45 and 90 days.

Exclusionary Criteria

Would include but would not be limited to active psychosis, actively suicidal, assaultive towards peers, sexually acting out, and youth and those who are identified as low risk on the Prescreen Risk Assessment, Protective Risk Assessment.