Huntsman Mental Health Institute Receiving Center Temporarily Closes for Renovation

April 20, 2023

The Receiving Center at Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) is temporarily closed as the facility works to improve supportive services to those experiencing a mental health crisis. Renovation is underway to expand the current space thanks to generous funding from Salt Lake County.

“This expansion is a necessary step in the process to opening the larger crisis care center,” says Ross VanVranken, executive director of HMHI. “We understand this temporary closure may create an inconvenience, but we’re confident the renovated facility will allow for greater access and quality of care.”

 The Receiving Center at HMHI is a program where you or a loved one can receive supportive services to help manage a mental health crisis.

The Receiving Center is tentatively scheduled to reopen in Fall 2023* and will serve the community of Salt Lake County until the new Kem and Carolyn Gardner Mental Health Crisis Care Center opens in 2025.

“We appreciate the community’s understanding and support as we work to make these improvements,” VanVranken says. “We sincerely thank Salt Lake County and Mayor Jenny Wilson for their generous support of this project.”

Mental health crisis care and support is available 24/7 at HMHI. Get help with crisis response, suicide prevention, and emotional support by calling 1-800-587-3000 or dial 988.

About Huntsman Mental Health Institute  

Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) was established in 2021 following the Huntsman Foundation’s historic gift of $150 million to the University of Utah. HMHI is a university-wide Institute with a reputation throughout the Mountain West as a leader in advanced psychiatric treatment and care, serving a diverse population from young children to geriatric patients. Researchers at HMHI develop and apply the most advanced methods in genetics, imaging, epidemiology, and big data analysis. HMHI is also the regional training center for psychiatry and other mental health disciplines. HMHI’s main 170-bed full-service hospital is adjacent to the University of Utah campus, and HMHI’s 1,644 faculty, staff, and students provide clinical, research, and training programs in more than 20 locations across Utah and Idaho.   

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*A previous version stated the Receiving Center was tentatively scheduled to reopen in Summer 2023, but the opening date has since been changed.