mental health

Health Care
4:37 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Audit Validates Salt Lake County’s New Behavioral Health Model

An independent audit of Salt Lake County’s Behavioral Health Services system was released Tuesday. Officials say it validates the county’s move to a managed-care model.  County Mayor Ben McAdams called for the audit last year following news that provider Valley Behavioral Health (VBH) would discontinue service to hundreds of patients due to budget cuts.

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Health Care
11:54 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Salt Lake City Man in Recovery from Heroin Addiction Falls in Coverage Gap

Salt Lake City man works to overcome heroin addiction at First Step House.
Andrea Smardon

Hundreds of people are expected at the Utah State Capitol Thursday afternoon to rally for those with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Advocates will be calling attention to a shortage in public funding for treatment, and they’ll be asking lawmakers to expand Medicaid.

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Health Care
10:14 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Agreement Stops Salt Lake County Mental Health Cuts for Now

Valley Mental Health CEO Gary Larcenaire and Board President Bruce Cummings talk with County Councilmember Randy Horiuchi at the Salt Lake County Government Center.
Andrea Smardon

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says an agreement has been reached that will prevent more patients from being dropped from Valley Mental Health’s client rolls.

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Health Care
5:28 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Salt Lake County Council Approves Audit of Mental Health System

The Salt Lake County Council has unanimously approved an audit of its mental health care system.  The decision comes after Valley Mental Health announced it would no longer serve hundreds of patients due to a reduction in funding.

Salt Lake County Council Chairman Steve Debry says he and other council members learned that Valley Mental Health would be shrinking its patient rolls by reading the newspaper.

“We were caught off guard and by surprise. To put it mildly, we’re upset with it,” Debry says.  

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Health Care
5:30 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Rose Park Event to Raise Awareness about Minority Mental Health

A "flash mob" rehearses for Rose Park picnic to raise awareness about minority mental health.

Mental illness is often difficult for people to talk about, but especially hard if you don’t speak the same language as your health provider. Community groups are coming together in Salt Lake City’s Rose Park neighborhood Tuesday to raise awareness about minority mental health. 

Mary Burchett is the Outreach Specialist for the National Alliance on Mental Illness or NAMI in Utah, an organization that provides free education, support and advocacy. She says minorities in Utah have particular challenges.

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5:33 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Remote Mental Health Care a Possibility with New House Bill

Rep. Ronda Menlove (R.) presents HB 56 to the House Health and Human Services Committee
Brian Grimmett

 The Utah House Health and Human Services Committee gave a favorable recommendation to a bill that would allow mental health and substance abuse counselors the ability to provide therapy remotely.

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4:29 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Veterans Cut Ribbon on New Mental Health Outpatient Building

Iraq veteran John Angel Jr. and Vietnam veteran Craig Shipley cut the ribbon on the VA Salt Lake City's new Mental Health Outpatient Building.
Andrea Smardon

The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City cut the ribbon Friday on its new Mental Health Outpatient Building.  As troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan, VA officials say the number of combat troops seeking help is growing. 

Steve Young is the Director of Mental Health Services for the VA in Salt Lake City.  He says the building they’ve been operating in for 20 years is basically a bunch of old trailers without wheels.

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