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Salt Lake Behavioral Health

3802 South 700 East, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84106
Salt Lake Behavioral Health is a psychiatric hospital providing mental health and substance abuse treatment for adolescents and adults. Treatment options include medical detoxification, dual diagnosis, inpatient programs and outpatient care. Programming includes cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, group therapy, 12-step groups, yoga, life skills training, and relapse prevention techniques.

Facility Highlights

  • Medical Detox with Highly Trained Addictionologist
  • Crisis Stabilization
  • Specialized Active Duty Military PTSD Program


  • Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)

    Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.
  • Process Abuse Treatment

    Not all addictions involve mood-altering chemicals. The term “process addiction” describes the unhealthy use of behaviors (including eating, gambling, sexual activity, shopping, internet use, etc.) that has spiraled out of control and into the realm of addiction.

Facility Settings

  • Hospital

Meet the Staff

  • Sean Ponce, MD
    Sean Ponce, MDDirector of Chemical Dependency
    Dr. Ponce attended Brigham Young University and went on to medical school at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. He completed one year of residency in Spokane, Washington and then completed a Family Medicine residency in Salt Lake City. Dr. Ponce specializes in the treatment of addiction and is particularly skilled with patients who are dually diagnosed with both mental health and addictive issues. He is a past President of the Utah State Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
  • Sajid Faizi, PhD, MD
    Sajid Faizi, PhD, MDMedical Director
    Dr. Faizi comes to SLBH with a myriad of both direct care and hospital leadership experience in the behavioral health industry. Dr. Faizi received his professional training at Rawalpindi Medical College in Pakistan and completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Utah. He worked for several years as a psychiatrist throughout the Wasatch Front. He is a member of numerous professional associations and is very active in the Salt Lake City community.

Financial Details

  • Up to 100%

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Salt Lake Behavioral Health (SLBH) is a private psychiatric hospital located less than 10 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah. It offers a medical detox program plus inpatient and outpatient care for adults struggling with substance abuse and mental health problems. It is one of only five facilities in Utah to offer hospital-based inpatient detox. The hospital also offers a specialized dual diagnosis program.


Treatment begins with a free assessment, which is used to develop an individualized treatment plan. Treatment revolves around a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a therapy model that helps clients recognize their substance abuse cycle and progress from it.

As a psychiatric hospital, SLBH also uses evidence-based treatment methods, including motivational interviewing (MI), group therapy, and skills groups that revolved around 12-Step, relapse prevention, and relaxation techniques among others. According to the facility’s website, holistic treatment options include music therapy/expression, pet therapy, spiritual counseling, and yoga.

SLBH’s intensive outpatient programs meet three to five days per week, which includes structured group therapy and general psychiatry. In addition to substance abuse treatment, SLBH offers a dedicated residential program for servicemen on active duty who are struggling with PTSD and a specialized geriatric program for Alzheimer’s and dementia. There are two programs, one for men and women.


According to the facility’s website, staff at SLBH include two psychiatrists, an addictionologist, a nurse practitioner, and physician assistants. It is one of 64 facilities in the state certified by the Joint Commission.. To date, the four individuals polled on the matter generally appreciated the aptitude of staff,

Staff Experience and Training: 3.8/5


SLBH is a 118-bed facility. Photos published on its website indicated a fitness room, dorm-style bedrooms, a lounge, a kitchen, and nondescript decor. Out of the nearly two dozen individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date, the four individuals polled on the matter praised the facilities' cleanliness.

Cleanliness: 4.5/5


Of 17 alumni polled by Rehabs.com, eight were positive and nine were negative. Positive alumni consistently rated its treatment effectiveness four out of five stars or higher, with comments praising the kindness of its staff. Alum E.M. wrote: “The first days can be challenging and rules might seem pointless but it all serves a therapeutic purpose.” Two alumni polled on specific metrics both gave high four and five-star ratings for the facility's counseling options, level of family participation, and the likeliness they'd recommend the facility to others.

However, the negative reviewers reported poor experiences with staff, with two criticizing the unprofessional treatment. Alum C.S. complained of poor treatment from a nurse, writing: “He told me that I was delusional ... He was so unprofessional and inappropriate.”


Three of the four loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date gave negative reviews of SLBH to date, rating its treatment effectiveness only two stars out of five stars or less. Loved ones’ comments criticized SLBH’s lack of resources, shortage of staff, and poor treatment. Loved one Kylee complained of an incident where a nurse startled her husband, writing: “My husband who is an OIF Veteran suffers from severe PTSD and has a fear of people walking behind him, amongst many other things. Frightened he turned around and yelled. The nurse laughed at him.”

However, one satisfied loved one polled on specific metrics awarded a five-star rating for the facility's ability to treat co-occurring disorders, as well as four-star ratings for the its discharge planning and family involvement. "Very good facility for mental illness treatment," they wrote.


According to the facility's website Tricare and Medicare are accepted, along with private insurance policies such as Blue Cross, Aetna, and Cigna among more. It is one of only 82 facilities in Utah that accept Medicare. Financial assistance covering up to 100 percent of the cost of treatment may be available.

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