Urgent Psychiatric Care For Adults — Opening In 2025
When the doors of the Kem and Carolyn Gardner Crisis Care Center open in 2025, it will be a welcoming place for all adults. The Center will help individuals de-escalate, stabilize, and connect to community resources catered to their individual mental health needs. The Center will help people facing a psychiatric crisis get on the path to mental wellness by unifying critical crisis services and many community resources in one easy-to-access location. The building design and operations will ensure patients and their families feel welcome, respected, and secure throughout every step of their care.
Researchers will work alongside clinicians, patients and their families to develop evidence-based best practices for treatment and care and develop new approaches for helping people. It will also be a site for training future generations of crisis care professionals including social workers, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, and many more.
The design and operations are an ongoing collaborative process between Huntsman Mental Health Institute and the University of Utah with dozens of community partners, state and government leaders, researchers, and trainees across many disciplines. The Center is being designed by FFKR Architects and will be built by Okland Construction.
Individualized Care & Treatment
Crisis services and stabilizing treatment will be individualized to meet each patient's unique needs.
"The Kem and Carolyn Gardner Crisis Care Center is going to be a leading-edge facility. The partnerships we have brought together and the plan to integrate community services, research, and training are not being done anywhere else. The programs and collaboration that will occur at the Center will ensure that patients and their families receive the absolute best immediate help and ongoing support in one convenient location."
Comprehensive Services & Providers
Additional Support Services Through Community Partnership
In partnership with dozens of community stakeholders, an entire building floor will be dedicated to additional services to provide support for:
- Addressing legal issues that disrupt many families with a mental health crisis
- Unmet medical and dental care needs
- Intensive case management
- Connections to existing community resources and peer support
- Enrollment in programs like Medicaid, housing, employment
Meet Our Community Partners
Where Will the Center Be Located?
The Center will be located at HMHI's Campus of Hope on 3300 South between 900 and 1000 West between the Salt Lake County Jail and the South Salt Lake Men’s Homeless Resource Center.
HMHI Campus of Hope
1000 W 3300 S
South Salt Lake, UT 84119
News & Resources
"This center is so needed in our state. Carolyn and I are pleased to join the University, state legislature, Salt Lake County, and the Huntsman family in this important effort."
About Kem and Carolyn Gardner
After attending an event celebrating the groundbreaking of the new Mental Health Crisis Care Center in South Salt Lake, Carolyn and Kem Gardner made a generous $5 million gift to support the Center and expand the facility to include more programs and services.
The Gardners have a long history of supporting the University of Utah and are both actively engaged in other community service and philanthropic work. From Intermountain Healthcare, United Way, and the Utah Symphony, and especially the University, the Gardners’ influence and generosity are reflected across the state of Utah.
Construction Progress Updates
Topping Out Ceremony (August 2023)
Groundbreaking Event (May 2021)
Frequently Asked Questions
The Mental Health Crisis Care Center is a central hub for adults experiencing a self-defined mental health crisis to receive a free evaluation, individualized crisis stabilization, and connection to ongoing care. The facility has been carefully designed to be a place for healing for all types of crises compassionately, effectively, safely, and in the least restrictive manner required to meet the patient's needs. In addition to crisis-specific services, this facility will also provide short-term stabilization and inpatient care. The Mental Health Crisis Care Center will provide transitional outpatient services commonly needed following a mental health crisis, including medication-assisted treatment for those struggling with chemical dependency, recovery-focused intensive outpatient care, mental health-focused day treatment, and case management. In collaboration with community partners, patients will also have access to legal care, dental care, primary care, and other resources commonly helpful to families experiencing a crisis.
The construction timeline is currently projecting the building to open in the Summer of 2024.
Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) and University of Utah Health are not just building a building. We are working to create a program and services that meet the unique needs of our community. To this end, we have engaged hundreds of community groups, patients, and other stakeholders in conversations and focus groups to better understand our community's needs and incorporate input into the programming of the building and the design. We have engaged consultants with expertise in mental health facility design to ensure that what we build is welcoming and inclusive, honors the humanity of those who enter, and facilitates safe and effective care. We have engaged with research partners to integrate public health, economic impact, and clinical quality data seamlessly into our program. This will allow us to be accountable to our funding sources, our community, and those who receive care here. It will help us constantly evaluate our work and continuously improve it. We have also engaged educational experts to integrate training our next generation of mental health crisis care providers and researchers into everything we do.
No, the Mental Health Crisis Care Center will serve ALL adults 18 and over and provide critical mental health care to our community's homeless population. The facility and services are designed to provide crisis care flexibly and individualized to the unique needs of each person who walks through our doors. For our guests experiencing homelessness, the Mental Health Crisis Care Center will provide critical mental health care, resources, and connections to other services that will help them gain the stability necessary to seek a more permanent housing situation. Research has shown homeless individuals who have stability in health, mental health, recovery, employment, and re-engagement with family and the community will seek the safety and stability of a place they call home.
The Mental Health Crisis Care Center will be a welcoming environment for all adults 18 and over. An individual can walk in with a self-defined crisis and community providers can refer patients to the Center. Emergency responders and law enforcement will also bring people to the Mental Health Crisis Care Center using a dedicated entrance designed to safely treat at-risk community members to avoid unnecessary jail or emergency room visits.
You should take your child or adolescent to the emergency room (ER) for mental health care if they are an imminent danger to themselves or to others.
If your child or adolescent is not in an immediate or life-threatening situation, you can seek help in several ways by:
- Call HMHI at 801-583-2500. Our supportive staff is available to answer questions and determine the right course of treatment for your child or teenager.
- Call 988 for 24/7 free, confidential support for mental health, substance use, or suicidal crisis (services provided by the Utah Crisis Line in association with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline).
- Use the SafeUT app to chat via text with a mental health counselor.
Crisis stabilization services are funded by county, state, and federal funds. Any adult in crisis will be seen regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. No one will receive a bill for the crisis stabilization services. Inpatient care and transitional outpatient services provided at the Mental Health Crisis Care Center will be billed to insurance. It is recommended that before using these services you consult your insurance provider to understand the fees associated with utilizing these additional services.
We are always looking to partner and collaborate. If you would like to chat with a Mental Health Crisis Care Center development team member about a collaborative opportunity, please submit an inquiry form here.