Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC)
The Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health ensures that mental health treatment services are available throughout the state. The Division contracts with Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) to provide these services and monitors these centers through site visits, a year-end review process, and a peer review process.
Who is Eligible for Treatment Services?
Utah residents who have a diagnosable mental illness. However, due to funding limitations, priority for services is given to the following populations:
- Seriously and Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI) Adults
- Seriously Emotionally Disturbed (SED) Children
Mental health professionals define mental illness as a medical illness of the brain that causes disturbances in thoughts, mood, and perception. This narrow definition generally does not include individuals with a behavior problem, character disorder, or disruptive personality who need moderate, preventive or consultant mental health services. Self help groups may be helpful for individuals who are not eligible for treatment from a CMHC.
Self Help Groups
Self help groups provide crisis services and support to individuals and their families experiencing mental health issues. They include the following:
- National Alliance on Mental Illness/Utah Support and Education for Families and Consumers – (801) 323-9900
- Allies with Families- Support and Information for Families of Children with Emotional/behavioral Disorders – (801) 293-7458.
- Autism Society of Utah- Support for Families with Children Who are Autistic – (801) 583-7049.
- Disability Law Center – Provides Advocacy, Legal Counsel, Advice, and Education – (800) 662-9080
- L.I.N.C.S. – Education and Support for Families of Children with Both Developmental and Emotional Disorders – (801) 281-4425
What Services are Provided by Community Mental Health Centers?
All CMHC’s must submit an annual plan to the Division that may address the following services:
- Inpatient Care and Services
- Residential Care and Services
- Outpatient Care and Services
- Twenty-four Hour Crisis Care and Services
- Medication Management
- Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Including Vocational Training and Skills Development
- Case Management
- Community Supports, Including In-home Services, Housing, Family Support Services, and Respite Services
- Consultation and Education Services, Including, but not Limited to, Case Consultation, Collaboration with other Service Agencies, Public Education, and Public Information
Community Mental Health Center generally do not provide:
- Sex Offender Treatment
- Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury
- Mental Retardation Services (Unless the Individual has an Identified Mental Illness)
Find SAMHSA's Mental Health Dictionary