New era for Summit County mental health care begins with new provider

New era for Summit County mental health care begins with new provider

Patients who receive mental health services through Summit County have to wait four or even six months for an appointment with a clinician who is certified to prescribe or manage medications.

But starting Sept. 1, the wait time could fall dramatically as the county’s new behavioral health contract takes effect.

That’s only one metric the Summit County Health Department expects to improve under the new provider setup, said Aaron Newman, Summit County behavioral health director. The number of care managers will more than double, the number of clinicians will more than triple – including Spanish-speaking providers – and, for the first time, all 19 schools in Summit County will be covered by a therapist. CLICK TO KEEP READING IN THE PARK RECORD 

Fast Facts:

This is the first time one of the established Utah Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) providing medical care to a county’s residents has been chosen to also administer mental health and substance abuse services.

Healthy U Behavioral is for all Medicaid and unfunded Summit County residents.

    • Approximately 1,500 new Medicaid members are eligible for Healthy U Behavioral
    • Includes behavioral health and substance use disorders
    • Services extend to adults, teens, and children

Interested in becoming a Healthy U Behavioral network provider in Summit County?

Contact the U of U Health Plans contracting team at 801-587-2838 or [email protected].

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