Huntsman Institute of Mental Health celebrates $7 million in public and private funding to expand mental health services for Utahns

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Sarah Weber

Manager, Communications and Public Relations, Huntsman Institute of Mental Health
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November 23, 2022 at 2:00 pm

HMHI will receive $7 million in private and public funding—$3.5 million from the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation and $3.5 million from Salt Lake County—to expand mental health crisis services in Utah.

Huntsman Institute of Mental Health (HMHI) will receive $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 being funded by Salt Lake County, a major partner with HMHI in expanding mental health crisis services is a partner.

“HMHI is a leader in mental health care and a leading force in expanding understanding of the complex functions of the brain,” says University of Utah President Taylor Randle, “This generous donation by the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation and funding from Salt Lake County will help HMHI prioritize mental health care to create better outcomes for everyone.”

The Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation has committed $3.5 million to build the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Integrated Healing and Innovation Center within the Kem & Carolyn Gardner Mental Health Crisis Care Center. The Integrated Healing and Innovation Center will provide legal aid services, case management, medical and dental support, and mental wellness counseling.

“We are grateful for their continued support of the Salt Lake County Council, Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, and the Larry H & Gail Miller Family Foundation,” says Mark H. Rappaport, MD, CEO of HMHI, “This type of cross-sector collaboration is critical to the expansion and improvement of mental health care in our community and beyond.”

The 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 receiving center at the existing Huntsman Mental Health Institute. These funds will cover the cost of retrofitting and expansion of existing space at HMHI as well as 17 months of staffing.

Council also approved funding for an additional $1 million from Mayor Jenny Wilson’s budget. Kem and Carolyn Gardner Mental Health Crisis Care Center.

“These funds ensure that we continue to provide exceptional care for patients in crisis,” says Michael L. Good, MD, CEO of University of Utah Health, “U of U Health greatly appreciates the advocacy and leadership of the Salt Lake County Council, Mayor Wilson, and the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation in helping to care for the mental health of our community.”

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Huntsman Institute of Mental Health

The Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) was established in 2021 following a historic $150 million gift to the University of Utah by the Huntsman Foundation. HMHI is a university-wide institution with a reputation as a leader in advanced psychiatric treatment and care throughout the Mountain West, serving diverse populations from young children to geriatric patients. HMHI researchers develop and apply the most advanced methods in genetics, imaging, epidemiology and big data analysis. HMHI is also the regional training center for psychiatry and other mental health disciplines. HMHI’s main 170-bed full-service hospital is adjacent to the University of Utah campus, and HMHI’s 1,691 faculty, staff and students provide clinical, research and training programs at more than 20 locations in Utah and Idaho.

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Kem and Carolyn Gardner Mental Health Crisis Care Center

when the doors Kem and Carolyn Gardner Crisis Care Center Opening in 2024, it will be a welcoming place for all adults. The center will help individuals to reduce, stabilize, and connect with community resources to meet their individual mental health needs. The center will help guide people experiencing mental distress on a path to mental wellness by integrating critical crisis services and multiple community resources into one easy-to-access location. The design and operation of the building will ensure patients and their families feel welcome, respected and safe at every stage 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 helping people. It will also be a site to train future generations of crisis care professionals including social workers, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and many others.

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