Garvey Institute funds 12 projects to extend the impact of mental health professionals in Washington

Department news | November 30, 2023

The UW Medicine Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions is funding 12 new partnerships that will develop and test innovative ways to extend the impact of mental health professionals in Washington. The focus on partnerships was driven by a shortage of mental health care specialists in Washington. More than half of Washington’s 39 counties lack a single practicing psychiatrist or psychologist leaving many people with untreated mental health conditions.

“Family members and friends, caregivers, community health workers, teachers, law enforcement professionals, primary care providers, and others can become important parts of the mental health care system,” said Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA, Director of the Garvey Institute and Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. “We want to better leverage the mental health professionals we currently have by training and supporting an expanding network of individuals who can join our health care teams.”
Local philanthropists Lynn and Mike Garvey founded the Garvey Institute in 2019 with a $50 million donation to UW Medicine with a goal to fast-track treatments for patients with mental health, addiction and other brain health problems. The new Innovation Grants join 36 projects previously funded by the Garvey Institute to address cognitive aging, trauma, addictions and adolescent and young adult mental health and to develop new technologies aimed at improving brain health. Faculty and staff involved in the 48 Innovation Grants funded to date come from 10 UW schools and colleges, over 25 departments and divisions, and all three UW campuses. The list of Garvey Institute partners and collaborators shows the Institute’s commitment to improving brain health and mental health across the University of Washington as well as locally, regionally and nationally.
Investigators will give updates on past Innovation Grants at the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 from 9:30 AM-3 PM at South Lake Union. A virtual option will be available. The event is open to the public and registration will open soon.

The recently funded innovations:

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