Tribute to Board Member Greg Williams

Greg WilliamsIt is with deep sorrow that the Polizzi family announces the passing of Greg Williams after a courageous battle with cancer.

Greg served as a highly valued member of our Board of Directors and we will miss his extraordinary wisdom and unfailing support. He was a successful financial planner, business consultant, and a generous supporter of numerous community organizations. Our love and condolences go out to his wonderful wife Leslie, and their family.

Dr. Gardner and his wife, Connie, have made a generous donation to the Polizzi Clinic in his honor and would like to invite you to join them in memorializing Greg’s commitment to the Polizzi Clinic with a donation large or small.

You can make an online contribution by clicking on Donate Now to your right and indicating your donation is in honor of Greg Williams.

Thank you to the following donors: 

Noel & Connie Gardner
Emily Capito

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Polizzi Clinic is Moving!

There’s been a lot of excitement brewing at the Polizzi Clinic as we searched for our perfect home – one that would be more accessible to our patients, who are often traveling by bus or coming a long distance on the interstate.

We will always be grateful to Valley Behavioral Health for giving us access to no-cost space (and office furniture!) for nearly 2 years. Their generous support ensured that the Polizzi Clinic was able to grow into the robust safety net organization it is today.

You will be able to find the Polizzi Clinic in our new home starting Monday, March 30th:

515 East 4500 South, G220
Salt Lake City, Utah 84117

We are on the upper floor of the building on the northeast corner of 500 East and 4500 South. There are main bus stops on both sides of the building and we can’t wait to get moved in!

If you support access to mental health treatment and necessary medications for those Utahns who lack health care insurance, you can help us get moved in and purchase the necessary furniture and other items we need by making a donation now.

We are so grateful to the generosity of so many who have made everything we do possible. Thank you!

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March Seminar Features Author of Get Off the Bus

Steven Szykula, PhDThe Polizzi Clinic has a two-fold mission: To deliver quality psychiatric care to those who need it most and to deliver quality training in community psychiatry to the community.

We are excited to feature Steven Szykula, PhD, author of Get Off the Bus: Depression, Anxiety and Obsession, for our lunch lecture on March 17th.

Get Off the Bus by Steven Szykula, PhDDr. Szykula has a wealth of experience in delivering and analyzing psychotherapy. For a field that can struggle to produce consistent outcomes, we believe his topic of “Psychotherapy Myths and Scientific Realities” will prove to be insightful and immediately practical for mental health professionals.

You can learn more about the event and register here.

This event is approved by NASW for 1 CEU for Utah Social Workers.

Join us for an informative lunch hour, complete with green treats to mark St. Patrick’s Day!

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Polizzi Highlighted on Utah Gives Back by KSL News Radio & SelectHealth!

Utah Gives BackThis past week, every morning around 8:30 AM, KSL News Radio highlighted the Polizzi Clinic’s mission and impact as the featured nonprofit for the Utah Gives Back segment, presented by SelectHealth.

Utah has one of the highest uninsured healthcare rates in the country. Thousands of uninsured in Salt Lake County are in need of psychiatric services.

Uninsured children are particularly vulnerable because mental health problems result in long-term skill deficits, school drop-outs, and an increased risk of suicide.

The Polizzi Clinic provides quality outpatient psychiatric care to children, adolescents, and adults. The clinic only serves low-income, uninsured patients struggling with mental illness who can’t afford services elsewhere, providing a critical safety net that wouldn’t exist otherwise.

Services are designed to establish patients quickly, stabilize symptoms, and then transition the patient to primary care at an affordable health clinic. The Polizzi Clinic offers psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and on-site patient advocacy. They ensure patients get access to needed medications and work with Patient Assistance Programs and local pharmacies to find the best solution for the patient.

SelectHealth recognizes the compassionate care provided by the Polizzi Clinic as another example of how Utah Gives Back.

This has been a wonderful opportunity to generate greater awareness of our organization and the services that are available for those in need. You can check out the audio recording here.

Thank you SelectHealth and KSL News Radio!

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The Polizzi Clinic Highlighted on KSL News

KSL ImageWe are so appreciative of Sandy Olney and KSL News for presenting a special story on the Polizzi Clinic!

It was a joy to have Sandy and her cameraman, Darren, in our offices last week, and a special opportunity to share the impact of access to psychiatric care for those who are uninsured and struggling with mental illness.

You can catch the live story on KSL channel 5 on December 17th at 6:30 p.m.

 

Click here to access online.

THANK YOU Sandy and KSL!

A special thank you to our two brave patients who were willing to share their story and a sensitive part of their lives publicly to give a face to the reality of mental illness and the success stories that come from access to treatment.

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Giving Tuesday is Here! 12/2/14

Badge_v1What is Giving Tuesday? 

Giving Tuesday is a worldwide event that takes place this year on December 2, 2014. Much like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is an online and offline endeavor to encourage giving (and the happiness that is triggered by giving back!).

Why should you give? 

As our own Medical Director shared in an interview with KSL on the day before Thanksgiving, giving is correlated with gratitude and happiness – exactly what we all hope to experience during the holidays!

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Plus, when you give to the Polizzi Clinic, you create opportunities for children, adolescents and adults in Utah struggling with mental illness to receive the treatment that they desperately need to get back on their feet.

How can I give?

The Community Foundation of Utah is hosting a special site called Pick 2 Give 2 for Giving Tuesday. The ask is so easy that anyone can be part of this special day of giving:

Pick 2 charities you love. Give $2/month.

You can of course cancel at anytime. However, we suspect that you won’t miss that $2 a month much, especially since it will be making an enormous impact for those in need!

Give $2 to the Polizzi Clinic right now!

If you’d prefer to give a one-time gift, just click on the Donate Now! button on this page.

Then, share this message on your Facebook and other social media profiles to help spread the gratitude and joy from giving back!

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Standard Drywall: A commitment to Utah

logoWe often say that the Polizzi Clinic still exists because of Robert Caya, Owner of Standard Drywall. To some extent that’s quite true.

For two years running, Bob Caya has made it one of his personal priorities to ensure that the Polizzi Clinic is able to meet the needs of our patients, stepping in with substantial donations in 2013 and, now again, in 2014.

1888859_869979909687589_7958646882391914062_oIt’s individuals like the Caya’s and companies like Standard Drywall that make our communities strong. Standard Drywall has a solid commitment to their employees, their employees’ families, and the neighborhoods they all live and work in.

Thank you to the Caya and Standard Drywall family for your generosity!

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Stretch the Net for Utah’s Uninsured

gentlemanAccording to the latest data from the Utah Department of Health, 11.6% of Utahns are still uninsured, despite full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Families who are uninsured stand a much greater risk of struggling with mental health problems. If you’ve ever experienced depression or anxiety, you can understand how difficult it would be to maintain employment, be there for your family, and improve your situation if your symptoms were left unchecked.

The Polizzi Clinic operates within a network of dedicated organizations that provide a safety net of health services for low-income uninsured Utahns in the Salt Lake valley. Patients who present with mental health difficulties at free clinics like Maliheh Clinic and Hope Clinic are able to receive specialized psychiatric care at no cost at the Polizzi Clinic.

Within an average of 6-8 visits, patients are stabilized and able to transition back to primary care, where their physician can maintain medications and keep an eye on symptoms.

The Polizzi Clinic is the only such free psychiatric clinic in the state. Help us stretch the net and please consider supporting our incredible partners as well.

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