Jason Law - Clinical Director
- Licensed LCSW
- Masters of Social Work (MSW), University of Utah 95-98
- B.S. in Psychology, Utah State University 89-93
- Experienced in working with at-risk teens in a wilderness setting
- Therapist Uintah School District, 2004-2005
As the Clinical Director for Mountain Homes Youth Ranch I am committed to the success of your child. I have combined my extensive experience working with at-risk teens and my appreciation of the unique nature of every child to create a clinical approach at Mountain Homes that has a significant and lasting impact on each child we work with.
An individualized treatment plan is developed for each youth that enrolls at Mountain Homes Youth Ranch. I work with the parents, the child’s therapist, and others that can offer insight into the child’s background and personality to target the child’s individual needs. The treatment plan is developed after a comprehensive assessment. The treatment plan is a blueprint which provides clear-cut goals and objectives to the family, the student, and the staff at Mountain Homes. During their stay at Mountain Homes each youth is involved in a variety of therapeutic situations designed to teach proven skills to overcome their specific challenges. Long and short term goals are updated regularly as the student progresses through the program. Your child’s treatment team meets weekly, or more often if needed, to gauge the effectiveness of our plan and make any needed changes.
As a wilderness therapist I have had the pleasure of leading countless young people to a more rewarding path. The kids we work with present with a variety of issues. Many of them display negative attitudes, are apathetic, impulsive, ungovernable, irresponsible, have poor self-esteem, lack accountability, and may have drug issues. In most cases I find their interpersonal relationships have been based, not on mutual trust and respect, but on manipulation and exploitation. I enjoy being a part of their experience at Mountain Homes, watching and guiding as they learn to use positive coping strategies and skills to work things out. The metamorphosis as they learn about responsibility, integrity, self-respect, self-discovery, and working as a team is a beautiful thing to see. Helping these kids find their true path and bringing forward the wonderful traits all of them possess is very rewarding.
We are skilled with specific diagnosis such as AD(H)D, ODD, Depression, Mild Tourette Syndrome, Conduct Disorder, Bi-Polar, Attachment Disorder, Anxiety/Panic, and Social Phobias. Experience has taught us not every student is right for Mountain Homes, and there are some disorders that could become worse in a wilderness setting. Your admissions counselor will work closely with you and the clinical team to determine if our program would be right for your child. We encourage parents to discuss the possibility of wilderness therapy with their child’s home therapist as well.
At Mountain Homes we are concerned about the safety and well-being of each of our students. We are licensed by both the State of Colorado and Utah. We are monitored by each state’s Department of Licensing on a regular basis. Parents are able to contact the Colorado Department of Licensing with any concerns or licensing complaints regarding the program by calling 303-866-5958, press 0. Any concerns regarding child abuse or neglect incidents can be reported to the county authorities where the students are located. These counties are Rio Blanco County (970-878-5011), or 911 after business hours for an on call worker, and Garfield County (970-945-9193), or after 4:00 PM Mountain time call Dispatch at 970-625-8095. Parents can contact the Vernal area licensor for the Utah Department of Licensing and Child and Family services at 435-781-4250. Any concerns regarding child abuse can be reported to the 24 hour child abuse reporting number for Utah 855-323-3237. The number for Uintah County dispatch is 435-789-4222. Mountain Homes Youth Ranch willingly participates in partnering with the State of Colorado and Utah in helping safeguard each child placed in our program.
I appreciate your interest in the programs at Mountain Homes Youth Ranch. If you have questions regarding our therapeutic approach please contact me at
I welcome the opportunity to discuss your child’s specific needs in detail.