Urgent Psychiatric Care for Adults - Opening in 2024

ccc-front-perspective_web.jpg
Conceptual rendering only; final design may vary.

When the doors of the Kem and Carolyn Gardner Crisis Care Center open in 2024, 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 and Treatment

Crisis services and stabilizing treatment will be individualized to meet patient needs and will include:

  • 23-hour treatment and observation stay for those in our 30-bed Receiving Center
  • Short-term, rapid stabilization inpatient treatment in our 24-bed acute care unit
  • Medication-assisted treatment clinic for individuals with opiate use disorders
  • Intensive outpatient treatment for adults needing support for substance use disorders
  • Mental health day treatment for adults that need more help than traditional outpatient care

"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."

Mark H. Rapaport, MD
CEO, Huntsman Mental Health Institute

Comprehensive Services and Providers

When the Crisis Care Center opens, the center's comprehensive behavioral and mental health crises services will include:

  • Crisis management therapy
  • Psychiatric assessment
  • Medication management
  • Wellness recovery
  • Discharge planning

Adults experiencing a mental or behavioral health emergency will be seen and treated by a team of multi-disciplinary professional staff, including:

  • Licensed psychiatrists
  • Advanced practice nurses
  • Social workers
  • Case managers
  • Certified peer specialists
  • Psychiatric technicians

Additional Support Services

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
Site plan and location for the HMHI Crisis Care Center

Where will the Center be located?

HMHI Campus of Hope
1000 W 3300 S
South Salt Lake, UT 84119

 

 

(*This site plan is a conceptual rendering only; final design my vary)

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.

ccc-front_web.jpg

"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."

Kem and Carolyn Gardner
Community Philanthropists

Official Groundbreaking (May 2021)

The University of Utah and Huntsman Mental Health Institute held an official groundbreaking ceremony in May 2021. The Center will be located on 3300 South between 900 and 1000 West between the Salt Lake County jail and the South Salt Lake Men’s homeless resource center. Construction will begin in 2022, and the center is proposed to open in late 2024.

GROUNDBREAKING EVENT GALLERY

 

NEWS ABOUT THE EVENT

 

HMHI's Crisis Intervention & Support Services

Our Existing Crisis Services

The Crisis Care Center will expand on the many crisis services already provided by Huntsman Mental Health Institute.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of care will be provided at the Mental Health Crisis Care Center?

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.

When will it open?

The construction timeline is currently projecting the building to open in the Summer of 2024.

Why is it taking so long?

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.

Will the Mental Health Crisis Care Center primarily serve Salt Lake County's homeless population?

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.

Who will receive care here?

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.

Are all services provided at the Mental Health Crisis Care Center free?

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.

How can I get involved?

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.

Where can I submit feedback or ask a question about the Mental Health Crisis Care Center?

Please share feedback or ask questions through the inquiry form.

This project is important to me; can I donate?

YES! Your donation can bring an end to suffering for many people in our community facing a mental health crisis. You can give here.

You can positively impact the lives of those in a mental health crisis.

Donate Today