he Utah State Legislature recently passed House Bill 265, which offers state income tax credits to psychiatrists (including volunteer retired psychiatrists) and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners who relocate to Utah and start new mental health practices, which provide, in part, mental health services to underserved populations. The tax credit is offered for 10 taxable years of service. An “Underserved population” means: (i) an individual located in a county of the third, fourth, fifth, or sixth class, as designated in Utah Code 17-50-501
; or (ii) a Native American Indian. Summit County is a county of the “third” class and is thus eligible for this incentive. The bill becomes effective on January 1, 2017.
This legislation could be of huge benefit to the residents of Summit County, where there is currently a shortage of mental health practitioners. Utah is among 42 states identified as having a severe shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists