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A look through 25 years

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1995-New Haven Founded


New Haven is Founded

“He (Founder-Mark Mcgregor) chose the name New Haven to represent the vision he had of a therapeutic haven and school where young women and their families could come for healing- a haven from their world and their problems.” 

Dustin Tibbits 

1996 New Haven Officially Opens February

February 1996

New Haven Officially Opens

“We were introduced to Mark’s Philosophy for helping teenagers heal – five aspects of their lives he wanted each student to address while they were in treatment: Love, Internal Locus of 

Control, Values, Family, and Self-Esteem. It was revolutionary for the time. First of all, no one was doing treatment for girls very well – they were just using treatment methods that had been 

designed for boys. Mark’s suggestion to adapt treatment to girls’ specific needs rather than 

forcing girls to adapt to treatment was brilliant. Second, no one was focusing on values, family 

systems theory, self-esteem, love, and an internal locus of control as a package, although it seemed that everyone gave lip-service to those principles.” 

Dustin Tibbitts 

1996-March First 2 Students Admitted

March 1996

First 2 students are admitted on the same day


August 1996

New Haven given JCAHO accreditation

JCAHO Accreditation means your organization complies with the highest national standards for safety and quality of care and is committed to continually improving patient care.  

1997-Full House at 12 Students


Census is full!!!!

New Haven grows its capacity to 12 students and quickly becomes a premiere location for treating adolescent females.

1997 Values Program Created


The Original Values program is created

The Values program was established to help students better understand how they view life and make choices. It also helps them cultivate healthy relationships as they are challenged to learn about what is important to their family and those around them.  

1999-Sandtray Added


Sandtray added on Campus as a medium for therapy.

Sandtray is a safe, nonverbal tool often used to help gain a deeper understanding of the student’s and families experiences. It is an especially effective tool when working with students who have experienced trauma. 

2000 East House Built (Later to become Roosevelt House)


North House Opened

North House opened as a Transition house; named "Saratoga Springs Academy". Later this house was added as another traditional ‘New Haven’ house instead of a transition home in 2002.  

Capacity grew to 50 total students

2001-Academics Upgraded


Traditional Classrooms Implemented

Academics were changed to reflect a traditional classroom style instead of packet work. This gave students a feeling of truly being in a real school and gave us the ability to support them through their academic struggles.

2001-Green River Trips


Annual Summer Green River Trips Added!

These still happen today! These special trips allow for Families to have fun together, and to work with the team in a setting away from home, and away from New Haven. 

2002- Academics adapted to support Learning Disabilities


Learning Supports Added

Academics were adapted to specialize in supporting students with learning disabilities and who struggle with executive functioning.

2004-Fall Family Weekends


Fall Family Weekend Trips

Fall Family Weekend Trips Initiated first in Bryce Canyon and later would happen in Goblin Valley up until 2011 when the official location became Moab

2005 New Haven Primary Founder (Mark McGregor) passes


Mark McGregor, New Haven's primary founder passed away

We are so grateful for the legacy of healing that Mark and Kathy created that continued today. New Haven’s ownership has since changed since his passing, but the original vision continues to be carried out today. 

“I cannot think of a better way to honor his professional work than to move forward, ensuring that our dream comes true for many more young women and their families. New Haven has a great future! I am honored to continue to work with wonderful people. There is much to do and great potential to become even more.” 

Kathy McGregor, CEO New Haven 

“Crisis creates Change”- Mark Mcgregor (A common phrase he would share with employees and families. 

2005_2006 Inaugural 5k Started to promote fitness and mental health

2005 - 2006

Annual Inaugural 5K and started!

Though the race started as a way to help get the students to exercise and improve their mental health it evolved into something more. This race later became part of the July Siblings & Family Weekend which continues today where families and students can run together and support the cause of their choice. 

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Teresa House opened

All Houses renamed after prominent women in history. Students decided to name this house the “Mother Teresa” house. Other house were renamed, Sacagawea, Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks house. 



New Haven Sports Program Started

Student were able to practice and compete against other schools in the area. Students get to participate in Soccer, Volleyball and Basketball. Go New Haven Ravens! 

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Ropes Course Added

Recreation therapy changed my life. Recreation therapy was exactly what I needed. I wasn’t trying to call upon the events of my past while sitting in a chair in someone’s office. I wasn’t trying to analyze the emotions I wasn’t currently feeling. I was present. Engaged. And working on the moment. There was no time to allow my reality to become distorted or for me to disconnect entirely. Recreation therapy put me in a position to address what was happening as it was happening with the support of a licensed therapist. It worked for me. I stopped trying to remember some time two years ago when I had acted out and then attempt to process why. I was working on why I acted out in the group five minutes ago, while trying to problem-solve with my peers. My core beliefs were laid out in front of me because I was placed in situations in which they would be triggered.

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2010- First Student trip to Navajo Nation


First student service trip: Navajo Nation

The students first service trip was to the Navajo Nation. This program later evolved into family domestic and international service trips.

2011-New Haven serves its 1,000th family


New Haven serves its 1,000th Family!!

2012 Susan B Anthony House Opened on the North Campus


Susan B. Anthony House Opened

This community of 12 students was added to the New Haven family. 

2013-Values Program Updated


The Values Program is updated

The Values program was updated to meet the more specific needs of students with Learning Disabilities, Recovery Needs, or Eating Disorders. Each path created an individualized approach to the specific needs of the students.

2013-International Trips (1)


New Haven goes on its first of many International Service Family Trip to Macchu Picchu, Peru

New Haven families would have the option to travel to Peru, Nicaragua, Singapore, Africa and Costa Rica. Students and families built wells in impoverished communities, work on plantations, help in women’s clinics, paint schools and  play with lots of cute kids!

2014 Florence Nightingale House Opens


The North Campus opens the Florence Nightingale House and a new School!

The nightingale house was able to help 16 more families and the school house created a separate environment for all of our students on that campus to GO to school.

2016 AP Classes added to New Haven Curriculum


9 AP courses added to the curriculum at North Campus

9 AP Courses added to the curriculum at the North campus. Later added to the South campus to further challenge our students and prepare them for College.

June 2019

Annual Summer of Fun-Rented out Movie Theatres, Food Trucks, Backyard Outdoor Movies, games and activities

2019 Values Program Updated to FHP (2)


The Values Program updated:

Renamed "The Family Healing program" and updated assignments to further challenge the students, parents and families as well as prepare them for a successful transition home. 

2020 24_7 Nursing put in place for Students


Nursing Team expands to 24/7 coverage.

Nightwatch staff trained as CNA’s to make sure there are always nurses available to assist students with medical needs. This is especially important for our students with diabetes.