News Release

Utah addresses need for more accessible, equitable, and aligned behavioral health services

Report serves as guide to help strengthen Utah’s mental health and substance use disorder systems

January 11, 2024 (Salt Lake City) – Utah is working to address a growing behavioral health crisis. While the state is leading the nation on many behavioral health innovations, inter­­ventions, and reforms, high suicide rates, untreated anxiety and depression, serious mental illness, and drug-related deaths are all signs of the need for more accessible, equitable, aligned, and effective behavioral health services.

Under the direction of the Utah Hospital Association (UHA) and the Utah Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Utah Behavioral Health Coalition developed a comprehensive and coordinated approach to improving people’s behavioral health. The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, in partnership with Leavitt Partners, assisted the Utah Behavioral Health Coalition assess needs, gaps, and challenges in Utah’s behavioral health systems. This assessment informed the development of the Behavioral Health Master Plan.

Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox said, “I have been tracking the development of the Behavioral Health Master Plan and appreciate the time and attention given by the Utah Hospital Association and so many others to bring it tog