v3.10.0.1
Document And Entity Information - shares
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2018
Aug. 06, 2018
Document Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name PROVIDENCE SERVICE CORP  
Entity Central Index Key 0001220754  
Trading Symbol prsc  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding (in shares)   12,809,314
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2018  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2018  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Amendment Flag false