Background Information:

GATE-Utah was founded by a group of physicians in the Division of Child Psychiatry at the University of Utah who envision developing a better system for mental health care delivery. Current child psychiatrists involved are Jim Ashworth, MD, Jeremy Kendrick, MD, Kristi Kleinschmit, MD, and Rachel Weir, MD. In different ways, each of us has witnessed the problems with poor access to mental health specialists and the unfortunate division that exists between "medical" and "mental" health treatment. There is growing evidence that treatment of mental health disorders in the primary care setting is associated with improved overall health outcomes, and the potential for cost savings. Unfortunately, implementation of mental health integration projects nationwide has been moving slowly.

 

For years, we have heard frustration from primary care physicians about the lack of access to mental health specialists, and poor communication and follow through when patients are finally seen. We are also aware that training on mental health issues during primary care residencies is variable and "on the job" experience is how most primary care physicians obtain knowledge on treating mental health disorders, usually with very little outside help from psychiatrists.

 

Mission Statement:

Our goals are to improve access to mental health services for children and adults, improve collaboration between primary care physicians and mental health professionals, and enhance knowledge of how to manage mental health conditions in the primary care setting. As opposed to the traditional psychiatric clinic, we believe we can influence the greatest number of people with the GATE Utah system by providing high quality care to families and children, while at the same time lowering costs and maintaining the majority of the treatment in the medical home.

 

Our Motto: Giving Access To Everyone



James Ashworth MD


Kristi Kleinschmit MD


Jeremy Kendrick MD


Rachel Weir MD