HMHI's Crisis Care Center — Opening in 2023

Groundbreaking Ceremony

A groundbreaking ceremony for the building of the Mental Health Crisis Care Center at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute Campus of Hope will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

The Crisis Care Center at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) Campus of Hope is a visionary new mental health crisis care center. When the doors of this critical community resource open in late 2023, it will provide in-person, immediate crisis care and ongoing treatment. The vision for the Center is that it will be an inviting and therapeutic space for healing. And a place that will unify community services for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.

The Center will expand on HMHI's existing crisis services and become a foundational part of patient-centered mental health crisis services. Individuals will be able to walk in when they are experiencing a crisis. Community providers will be able to refer patients in crisis. And emergency responders or law enforcement will have a place to safely hand off mental health cases, keeping people with mental illness from unnecessary jail or emergency room visits. 

Many partners are involved in the planning and future development of the Crisis Care Center — the State of Utah, Salt Lake County, the University of Utah, and the Huntsman family. These partners share a vision to develop a place where people experiencing a psychiatric emergency can be treated efficiently and with dignity.  

What Is HMHI's Campus of Hope?

The HMHI Campus of Hope will be a multi-phase, satellite expansion of HMHI on a nine-acre lot at 3300 South and 1000 West. The campus is in still in the planning and development stages. The Mental Health Crisis Care Center, anticipated to open in late 2023, will be the first building established on the campus.

Key Information About the Center

  • The Center will be a safe space for anyone seeking mental health or substance use crisis services. All levels of crisis will be triaged and treated at the Center.
  • The new Center will have a space for up to 30 people that can be treated for 23-hour stays and an additional space for 24 individuals needing longer term crisis care.
  • Patients will be able to stay at the Center for 23 hours to stabilize their situation. During that time, they will receive an assessment and direct connection (“warm” hand off) to the next level of care needed—outpatient treatment and counseling, or inpatient hospital care when necessary.
  • There will be an intake area specifically for adolescents.
  • Patients can walk-in for support with a self-defined crisis or be transferred to the Center by law enforcement, fire, or EMS.
  • Law enforcement, fire, and EMS professionals can hand off mental health cases so clinicians can provide patient care, allowing law enforcement to focus on public safety.
  • The Center will keep people with mental health issues from unnecessary jail or emergency room visits.
  • In addition to short-term chairs and inpatient rooms, the Center will have dining services, a pharmacy, and laboratory for routine blood draws.
“This critical community resource will be a space for healing and a model for future mental health crisis care.”
Mark H. Rapaport, MD CEO, Huntsman Mental Health Institute

Services & Crisis Care 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

Individuals 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, and
  • psychiatric technicians.

Where Will the Crisis Care Center Be Located?

HMHI Campus of Hope

1000 W 3300 S
South Salt Lake, UT 84119

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.

Groundbreaking Video & Gallery

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