Impact Mental Health is a clinical training site for future mental health professionals. Utah, like many other states throughout the nation is experiencing a significant shortage of community psychiatrists. This results in high costs, long waits, and frequent disruptions in care and medications. The goal of training at Impact Mental Health is to attract competent professionals to the field of community psychiatry and help reduce the current and future shortage. We are doing this while establishing access to care for those who need it most.
In 2013, the Clinic partnered with the University of Utah Department of Psychiatry Residency Training Program as a training site for physicians who were in the last two years of their specialty residency. In 2017, the clinic became a College of Nursing Faculty Practice site for Psychiatric Doctor of Nursing Practice students. Then in May 2019, we added Master and Bachelor level social work students from the College of Social Work. This has increased our capacity to offer more intakes and to provide essential case management.
At all times, students are under the close supervision of our Medical Director, College of Nursing faculty, and a LCSW supervisor. Here, students develop human compassion and cutting-edge skills, often transforming the lives of their patients. In the process they ﬁnd the experience has changed their own lives as well. Impact Mental Health provides clinicians the privilege of working with courageous, yet suffering individuals who have very limited options for treatment.