Impact Mental Health is a learning institution. In 2015-16, the Clinic partnered with the University of Utah as a training site for a few Psychiatric Residents. Subsequently, in 2018, the clinic added limited training rotations for Doctor of Nursing Practice students. Then in May 2019, we added additional rotations for Bachelor of Science in Nursing students. Under the supervision of our Medical Director, College of Nursing faculty, and a volunteer LCSW supervisor, the organization is able to deliver a quality training site in community psychiatry, exposing the next generation of psychiatric professionals to this specific field and increasing overall competence due to the diverse array of mental health conditions that present in the clinic. Utah, and many other states throughout the nation, is experiencing a significant shortage of community psychiatry professionals, resulting in high costs, long wait times, and frequent disruptions in care and medications. The goal of these activities is to attract competent professionals to the field of community psychiatry to reduce this shortage and support access to psychiatric care for those who need consistent care the most.
Impact Mental Health provides clinicians the privilege of working with courageous, but suffering individuals who have no other option for treatment. Here, they develop human compassion and cutting-edge skills, often transforming the lives of their patients. In the process they ﬁnd the experience has changed their lives as well.