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Finding Community Mental Health Centers in Utah

Finding Community Mental Health Centers in Utah

In Utah, community mental health centers are primarily focused on improving mental health outcomes for underserved and vulnerable populations. Public health information suggests that these populations are about twice as likely to seek mental health care services. Yet, a lack of financial resources is the most common reason that people give for not accessing services. In other words, the individuals who are most likely to need help from a mental health professional are often the same individuals who struggle to gain access.

Here are some of Utah’s community mental health centers and the ways in which these providers work to increase access:


Medicaid’s Prepaid Mental Health Plans

This is perhaps the easiest and certainly one of the most common ways to access the community mental health centers in Utah. Additional information can be found on the Utah Department of Health Medicaid website, but the primary vendor for the following Utah counties are:


  • Bear River Mental Health: Box Elder, Cache, and Rich Counties
  • Central Utah Counseling Center: Piute, Millard, Juab, Sanpete, Wayne, and Sevier Counties
  • Davis Behavioral Health: Davis County
  • Four Corners Community Behavioral Health: Carbon, Emery, and Grand Counties
  • Northeastern Counseling Center: Daggett, Duchesne, San Juan, and Uintah Counties
  • Southwest Behavioral Health Center: Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, and Washington Counties
  • Valley Behavioral Health: Salt Lake (thru Optum Health), Summit, and Tooele Counties
  • Wasatch Mental Health: Utah County
  • Weber Mental Health: Morgan and Weber Counties


Keep in mind, however, that these primary Medicaid vendors are not the only community mental health centers in Utah. Along with crisis intervention, inpatient services, and other urgent care needs, the full range of mental health services authorized through the Utah’s Medicaid Program include: psychological testing and evaluations, individual and group therapy, medication management, educational and rehabilitation services, case management, personal services including transportation, and respite care.


Other Community Mental Health Centers in Utah

This is far from an exhaustive list, but these are major providers of community mental health services in Utah.


General Health Providers: Often, a physician is the health professional an individual will se. Any number of physicians and general health providers may provide basic mental health screenings and referrals as deemed appropriate. Overall, one of the best organizations to fit this niche is the Utah affiliate for the Association of Community Health Centers.


United Way of Utah: Residents who are struggling with mental health issues as they relate to situational stressors, abuse, or financial struggles may not know where to turn. Contacting the United Way is an option for finding help in a variety of trying circumstances. Utah chapters are located in Salt Lake City, Provo, Price, St. George, Ogden, and Logan.


Community Counseling Centers: Community counseling practices serve residents in counties throughout much of the state and shows that mental health services for underserved populations are not relegated simply to substance abuse group therapy and emergency-based psychiatric care.


Substance Abuse Treatment: One of the common reasons to seek services, substance abuse treatment is a staple of community mental health resources. There are many options which offer a range of fully-covered, partially-covered, and private-pay service agreements. The Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health offers a convenient tool to conduct a local search.


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