November 23, 2022 2:00 p.m
Huntsman Institute for Mental Health (HMHI) raises $7 million in public and private funding to expand mental health services in Utah. Of those funds, $3.5 million is a generous donation from the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation, and $3.5 million is provided by Salt Lake County, a key partner of HMHI in expanding mental health crisis services Health.
“HMHI is a leader in mental health care and a pioneer in advancing understanding of the complex functions of the brain,” says Taylor Randall, President of the University of Utah. “This generous donation from the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation and funding from Salt Lake County will help HMHI prioritize mental health care to achieve better outcomes for everyone.”
The Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation has provided $3.5 million to build what will be called the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Integrated Healing and Innovation Center within the Kem and Carolyn Gardner Mental Health Crisis Care Center. The Integrated Healing and Innovation Center provides legal support services, case management, medical and dental support, and mental wellbeing counseling.
“We are grateful to the Salt Lake County Council, Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, and the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation for their continued support,” he says Mark H. Rapaport, MD, CEO of HMHI. “This type of cross-sectoral collaboration is critical to expanding and improving mental health services in our community and beyond.”
Salt Lake County Council will co-sponsor $2.5 million in one-time federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars to fund a temporary mental health reception center at the existing Huntsman Mental Health Institute. These funds cover the cost of retrofitting and expanding an existing room at the HMHI as well as 17 months of staff.
The council also approved funding from Mayor Jenny Wilson’s budget for an additional $1 million for the construction of the Kem and Carolyn Gardner Mental Health Crisis Care Center.
“These funds ensure that we continue to provide exceptional care to patients in crisis situations,” he says Michael L. Good, MD, CEO of the University of Utah Health. “U of U Health greatly appreciates the advocacy and leadership of Salt Lake County Council, Mayor Wilson and the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation in helping to take care of the mental health of our community.”
Huntsman Institute for Mental Health
The Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) was established in 2021 following the Huntsman Foundation’s historic $150 million donation to the University of Utah. HMHI is a university-wide institute with a reputation throughout Mountain West as a leader in advanced psychiatric treatment and care, serving a diverse population from young children to geriatric patients. Researchers at the HMHI develop and apply state-of-the-art methods in genetics, imaging, epidemiology and big data analysis. The HMHI is also the regional training center for psychiatry and other mental health disciplines. HMHI’s 170-bed full-service main hospital is adjacent to the University of Utah campus, and HMHI’s 1,691 faculty, staff and students provide clinical, research and educational programs at over 20 locations in Utah and Idaho.
Kem and Carolyn Gardner Mental Health Crisis Center
When the doors of Kem and Carolyn Gardner Crisis Care Center Opened in 2024, it will be a welcoming place for all adults. The center will help individuals de-escalate, stabilize and connect to community resources tailored to their individual mental health needs. The center will help people experiencing a psychiatric crisis find the path to mental wellbeing by bringing together critical crisis services and many community resources in one easily accessible place. The design and operations of the building ensure that patients and their families feel welcome, respected and safe at every step of their care.
Researchers will work with physicians, patients, and their families to develop evidence-based best practices for treatment and care, and to develop new approaches to help people. It will also be a place for the training of future generations of crisis care professionals, including social workers, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and many more.
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