Program Highlights

  • Program grounded in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • 24/7 supervised living setting
  • Contact with board-certified psychiatrists at least weekly
  • Individualized and evidence-based treatment
  • Diagnostic clarification
  • Psychological/neuropsychological, psychiatric, nursing, and educational/career/vocational assessment
  • Teaching and practicing skills in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Individual, family, group, and expressive therapies
  • ROPES course experience
  • Weekly integrative health education and instruction
  • Opportunities for community engagement, such as volunteering and recreational group outings
  • Providing the vision for a path to wellness by gaining a holistic understanding of the individual

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Young Adult Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment (YA CAT) Program?
Who is the treatment team?
What sort of treatment will an individual receive in the YA CAT Program?
What is the environment and peer group like in the YA CAT Program?
What can be done to prepare for admission to the YA CAT Program?

What is the Young Adult Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment (YA CAT) Program?

The YA CAT Program is a clinically sophisticated program designed to help gain an understanding of an individual's mental health and behavioral issues. It is designed as a four- to eight-week program for young adults (ages 18–30). Our multidisciplinary team works closely together to evaluate the individual, accurately identify his or her diagnoses, and actively begin treatment. We have expertise in the following, but not limited to:

What is the cost of the program?

The HMHI (formerly UNI) Business Office will be your point of contact for financial questions as we intentionally keep the treatment team focused on providing the best clinical care for our clients. Our admission coordinator will connect you to the business office during the admission process.

What the YA CAT Program is NOT

The YA CAT program is not a substitute for an acute inpatient psychiatric admission. This program can help stabilize an individual and identify the underlying medical and psychiatric conditions. However, it cannot be done in the typical duration of a few days for an acute inpatient hospitalization. While much good can be done in this timeframe, it does not lend itself to more expansive diagnostic and therapeutic interventions that the YA CAT program is designed to do.

Who is the treatment team?

Our treatment team consists of a:

  • board-certified psychiatrist,
  • psychologist,
  • social worker,
  • career/vocational specialist,
  • expressive therapists (music, art, and recreation therapy),
  • nurses,
  • psychiatric technicians, and
  • registered dietitian (as needed).

What sort of treatment will an individual receive in the YA CAT Program?

An customized treatment plan will be created for each individual based on his/her/their presentation and diagnoses. We will consult with former providers and review previous medical records and assessments to obtain a clear understanding of the individual.

We will make a diagnosis using:

  • observation,
  • clinical interviews,
  • psychiatric/medical evaluation, and
  • psychological/neuropsychological assessment.

This diagnostic clarity allows us to recommend the most appropriate evidence-based treatment options available.

Each individual's treatment in the YA CAT program will involve:

  • individual therapy,
  • family therapy,
  • group therapy, and
  • will often include medication evaluation and management.

Our psychiatrists will discuss medication recommendations with the individual prior to initiating or adjusting any medication.

What is the environment and peer group like in the YA CAT Program?

Young adults between the ages of 18–30 years old are housed in a supervised residential living environment. The individuals that make up our program seek out our treatment for a variety of mental health issues or behavioral representations. The make-up of our environment is an important element in our program, and is often a consideration in our admission reivew process. We are confident that our environment and individualized treatment program provides a healing therapeutic atmosphere for every individual in the program.

What can be done to prepare for admission to the YA CAT Program?

When available, previous medical records can be helpful in reviewing past assessment results, medication trials, and treatment history. Gathering these records can help guide our treatment team in beginning the assessment process efficiently. This gives our treatment team more time to review prior evaluations instead of spending time trying to obtain records. 

Due to HIPPA laws, other facilities cannot send us records they did not generate, which means that the last placement can only send their own records even if they have copies of an individual's records from elsewhere.

Family Involvement in the YA CAT Program

Family involvement is paramount in the treatment of each individual in our program. We strongly encourage families to be involved as much as possible, as it is essential in helping to understand the individual’s behavioral or mental health issues and help us assess each individual's needs.

Involvement with the family can greatly contribute to the overall treatment of each individual and is more likely to lead to positive outcomes. Family psychotherapy may be part of our assessment and treatment and is typically held weekly, either in person or via a HIPPA-compliant video conferencing platform. It may not always be practical or clinically indicated for regular family visits since many of the individuals in our program come from all across the country as well as internationally. However, our program specializes in the ability to incorporate family involvement with the assessment and treatment even when the work is done remotely.

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Young Adult CAT Program Team

TyJha Jackson, MPH

TyJha "Ty" Jackson is the Young Adult CAT admissions coordinator and outreach specialist at HMHI. She has worked at HMHI since 2010. She has a bachelor of science in psychology and health science minor from Clemson University and a master’s in public health from Westminster College. During graduate school, Ty was a part of the HMHI nursing staff, working as a psychiatric technician on all inpatient units, as well as day treatment before her transition into outreach. Ty has lived in eight different states, spanning from California to New York. She enjoys learning about diverse cultures, while traveling and meeting new people.

Tina Halliday, LCSW

Tina Halliday is the admissions coordinator for the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment (CAT) Program in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has worked with UNI since 1999 and the CAT program since its inception in 2011. Tina graduated from the University of Utah, Graduate School of Social Work with her MSW. She has practiced for 30 years in the behavioral health field. She has provided direct clinical care to a variety of age groups and treated a variety of mental illnesses. Tina has also worked with Employee Assistance Programming throughout much of her career. This includes clinical services, management consultation, critical incident debriefing, and wellness seminar trainings to many employer groups. She enjoys her family, friends, and a variety of outdoor activities.

Rachelle Wilson, RN

Rachelle Wilson is the clinical director of Huntsman Mental Health Institute’s (HMHI) Youth Services for inpatient care and is responsible for the management and coordination of nursing care for HMHI’s Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment (HMHI-CAT) Program. Rachelle holds a master’s degree in the science of nursing with a focus on leadership and management; she is also is a board-certified psychiatric nurse. She has worked in the CAT program from its beginning in 2011. She has over 20 years of psychiatric nursing experience and is passionate about child and adolescent psychiatric nursing care. Rachelle's professional mission and purpose is to provide leadership and direction to direct care providers following evidence based best practice standards to ensure an exceptional patient experience. Rachelle is a native to the Salt Lake Valley and appreciates all the activities this exquisite mountain setting has to offer.

Amanda Stoeckel, PhD

Dr. Amanda Stoeckel is a licensed psychologist and the clinical director/program manager for the Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment (CAT) Program at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute. She received her PhD in school psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and completed her doctoral internship at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute. Dr. Stoeckel completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in mental illness research at the VISN 19 MIRECC VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. She has an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Utah Department of Psychiatry. Her focus is overseeing and providing psychological services to youth and emerging adults within the CAT and Young Adult CAT Programs, and she has extensive training in psychological assessment. Dr. Stoeckel’s therapeutic orientation is typically based on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Chase Knaphus, LCSW

Chase Knaphus is the clinical director/program manager for the Young Adult Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment (YA CAT) program at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI). Chase is also a licensed clinical social worker, and received his MSW and MPA from the University of Utah. Chase has worked at HMHI in a variety of roles since 2010, when he first started as a psychiatric technician. Chase is a passionate advocate for mental health treatment and in eliminating the stigmas surrounding it, and enjoys working with all age groups. His therapeutic orientation is based in cognitive-behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Jaremy Stucki, RN

Jaremy Stucki is the Nurse Manager responsible for HMHI’s Young Adult CAT Program. Jaremy joined Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) in 2010 as a psychiatric technician and worked with the adult population for 6 months before graduating with his nursing degree. He received his certification in Psychiatric–Mental Health Nursing in 2018. Jaremy completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University in 2019. He worked on the child unit as a charge nurse at UNI for several years and loved his time working with the child population and their families. In 2017, Jaremy moved to the Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Coordinator, and Infection Preventionist roles at HMHI. He is engaged in HMHI’s Nursing Shared Governance Council and has served as the Co-Chair of Quality and Research Nursing Council. Jaremy helped create the HMHI Staff Educational Series at HMHI, which occurs twice a month and is designed to educate our frontline nursing staff about psychiatric mental health. In his time away from HMHI, Jaremy enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids going camping and enjoying the beautiful outdoors of Utah.

Kelly Godecke, MD

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Dr. Kelly Godecke is a board-certified psychiatrist practicing at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute's Young Adult Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment Program. Dr. Godecke earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Montana and was inducted into Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society for her biochemical research on Lyme Disease. Dr. Godecke attended the University of Nevada School of Medicine through the Professional Student Exchange Program from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. During her medical education, Dr. Godecke was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society for her scholarly achievements and the Gold Humanism Honor Society for embodying the society's values of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect and empathy. Upon completion of her medical education, Dr. Godecke was awarded the Glasgow-Rubin Citation for Academic Achievement. Dr. Godecke completed her four-year psychiatry training at the University of Utah where she served as chief resident. For her efforts and accomplishments in training she received the Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Services Award and the Outstanding Achievement in Professionalism Award. After training, Dr. Godecke worked as an outpatient psychiatrist in rural Montana at a critical access hospital and clinic where she served as the Assistant Medical Director before returning to the University of Utah as an adjunct assistant professor. 

Catherine Van Tassel, LCSW PA-C

Catherine Van Tassell graduated from the University of Utah with a master's of social work degree in 2004. During her time as a medical social worker, working with end-stage renal patients, she was touched by each patient's story of how their chronic health condition changed everyday life. This led her towards the medical profession, specifically the emergent need for preventive health care. As a result, she decided to further her education and graduated from the University of Utah Physician Assistant program in 2016. She continued her training by receiving a certificate in integrative medicine from the University of Arizona. Additionally, she earned two certificates in evidence based-nutrition from Harvard and Cornell Universities.

Catherine has completed several ultra-marathons, full distance Ironman triathlons, Lotoja (206-mile one-day bike race) and numerous marathons. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two dogs.

Josh Morris, PhD

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Dr. Joshua Morris earned his Ph.D. in School Psychology with a specialty emphasis in child/adolescent clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed his doctoral internship and postdoctoral residency at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah. He worked for five years at the Western Institute for Neurodevelopmental Studies and Interventions (WINSi), where he aided in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with severe neurodevelopmental disorders and emotional difficulties. Dr. Morris has researched the treatment of anxiety disorders and how family factors relate to their maintenance and etiology. He has been trained in Therapeutic Assessment, a collaborative and therapeutic method of completing psychological and neuropsychological assessments, and uses its components as an integral part in his assessment practices. Dr. Morris adheres to an interpersonal process approach to therapy while utilizing various evidence-based interventions (e.g., DBT, ACT, CBT, motivational interviewing, IPT, trauma-focused therapies) to match the unique needs of his clients. Additionally, Dr. Morris practices affirming values and advocates to support members of the LGBTQIA+ community and other marginalized populations. He has particular interest in working with individuals identified as treatment “non-responders.”

Julia Martinez, CSW

Julia Martinez is a clinical social worker for the YA CAT Program through HMHI. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Utah during which time she conducted research on the physiological correlates of mindfulness and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). She also co-founded a non-profit called Latino Behavioral Health Services (LBHS) during her undergraduate studies to help address the gap in services for Latinos in Utah. Julia completed her masters in social work at Portland State University where she completed internships at Impact Northwest and Janus Youth, where she supported high school students with job readiness and adolescent boys in residential treatment. After her graduate studies, Julia returned to LBHS as a therapist working with underserved Latino youth and families. She is passionate about equity and is currently coordinating diversity and cultural integration efforts on a volunteer basis with LBHS and the Utah Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. Julia’s therapeutic orientation is a blend of humanist, relational and cognitive behavioral therapies including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Megan Moser, MTRS, CTRS

Megan is the recreation therapist for the Young Adult CAT program. She has been practicing recreation therapy since 2006. She graduated from Longwood University with a bachelor’s degree in recreation therapy and later completed a master’s degree in parks, recreation, and tourism at the Unversity of Utah. She is licensed in the state of Utah at the master’s level and nationally certified as a therapeutic recreation specialist (MTRS, CTRS). Throughout her career, she has worked with adolescents and adults in multiple mental health treatment settings. Megan is passionate about using a strengths based holistic approach while helping people find healthy and fulfilling leisure lifestyles. She also enjoys using outdoor recreation for teaching moments to link what is learned in therapy to how it can be practiced in real life situations. During her free time, Megan enjoys skiing, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, pottery, and live music. She enjoys being able to provide positive recreational opportunities to the patients at YA CAT.

Jacob Hansen, MST

Jacob Hansen is the education specialist in the CAT Program at the HMHI. He is a certified secondary education teacher and has taught courses across the curriculum including history, math, the sciences, and literature. He earned his masters of science and technology degree at the University of Utah. Jacob has worked in the educational field with teens for nearly 10 years as a wilderness guide, a classroom teacher, and as a director of local tutoring organizations.

Jacob takes an adaptive approach to learning. He works to establish a growth mindset in each student he works with in the CAT program. He enjoys reading history and the sciences and fixing up his old house. He can often be found traveling around the mountains and deserts in the West.

Daniel Blair

Daniel Blair is the administrative assistant for the Young Adult CAT program. He earned his bachelor’s of science in psychology and business management from Southern Utah University and his master’s in industrial-organizational psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. He has been a team member with the Huntsman Mental Health Institute since 2017 working as a psychiatric technician on all youth inpatient units before transitioning over to the Young Adult CAT program. In Daniel’s free time, he loves to travel, spend time outdoors with his dogs, and consistently be learning new things.

Holly Badger, TRS, CTRS

Holly Badger is the expressive therapies manager at HMHI. Holly received her bachelor’s degree in recreation from the University of Utah. She is licensed and nationally certified as a therapeutic recreation specialist (TRS, CTRS). Holly has worked at HMHI since 1997. She has facilitated groups with patients of all ages in both inpatient and outpatient. She has extensive experience using the HMHI ROPES course with groups of patients, University students, staff, faculty, and corporate teams.

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