Impact Mental Health is an institution of higher learning for future mental health professionals in the Salt Lake Valley. Utah, like 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 training at Impact Mental Health is to attract competent professionals to the field of community psychiatry and help reduce the current and future shortage of these professionals while establishing access to psychiatric care for those who need it the most.
In 2013, the Clinic partnered with the University of Utah as a training site for physicians who were in the last two years of their specialty residency training in psychiatry. We began to offer training rotations for Psychiatric Doctor of Nursing Practice students in 2017. Then in May 2019, we added rotations for Bachelor of Science in Nursing students. Most recently we incorporated Master and Bachelor level social work students. This increased our capacity to offer extended hours for 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 volunteer 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 lives as well. Impact Mental Health provides clinicians the privilege of working with courageous, but suffering individuals who have very limited options for treatment.