Impact Mental Health is an institution of higher learning for future mental health professionals in the Salt Lake Valley. In 2015-16, 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. Two years later, in 2018, we began to offer training rotations for psychiatric Doctor of Nursing Practice students. Then in May 2019, we added rotations for Bachelor of Science in Nursing students. At all times, the students are under the close supervision of our Medical Director, College of Nursing faculty, and a volunteer LCSW supervisor. 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 the training at Impact Mental Health Clinic is to attract competent professionals to the field of community psychiatry, help reduce a current and future shortage of these professionals, and support access to psychiatric care for those who need it 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.