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Intermountain adds new pediatric behavioral health service as cases rise

By Jamie Lampros - Special to the Daily Herald | Nov 27, 2022

Courtesy Intermountain Healthcare

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The number of children seeking emergency care for behavioral health problems at Intermountain Healthcare hospitals has increased 300% over the past decade.

To help address the growing number of patients needing help, Matt’s Place, an outpatient pediatric behavioral health center, has joined the Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital network of pediatric behavioral health services in Utah.

The Centerville-based nonprofit organization was founded in 2015 by Jim and Sherlene Dean with the purpose of helping families and individuals ages 3 to 21 struggling with social and behavioral disorders as well as those on the autism spectrum. The center offers highly personalized treatment programs and multiple services that includes day-treatment through an outpatient program, therapeutic after-school programs, crisis support, grief support and group therapies.

“Adding a highly effective and respected operation like Matt’s Place to the behavioral health services of Primary Children’s Hospital and Intermountain will be a powerful tool in helping meet the increasing needs in our community,” said Katy Welkie, CEO of Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital and vice president of Intermountain Children’s Health. “Together we’ll be able to collaborate, support and learn from each other and help more patients receive the right service at the right place and time.”

To reach the center, call 801-614-8400.

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