Valley Mental Health Medicaid Transition

Silverado Counseling Services is a provider of Medicaid-funded mental health services to residents of Salt Lake, Tooele and Summit Counties. In light of recent changes with Valley Mental Health, we have been responsive in assisting some of the clients being transitioned out of the care of Valley Mental Health. We stand ready to accept referrals and to make the adjustment a better experience for Medicaid clients.

If you have Medicaid coverage and you are a resident of Salt Lake, Tooele or Summit County, we may be able to assist you with your mental health care needs. We have a skilled staff with extensive experience with the Seriously and Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI) population. You will find that our office environment is calm and our staff approachable. We will make every effort to respond to your needs.

If you, or someone you know need help with mental health issues, please call our office (801) 983-5540. If we do not have the service you need, we will refer you to someone who can best serve your individual needs. As always, you can call OptumHealth (1-877-370-8953) and they can assist you as well.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that tends to follow with the changing of the seasons. Typically, this refers to an increase of depressive symptoms experienced during the fall and into the winter months. Researchers suggest that this form of depression tends to be more prominent during winter months due to the shorter days which mean less exposure to the sun. The sun provides us a natural way of affecting vitamin D and serotonin levels, which influence our mood. Treatment for SAD may include spending more time outdoors to increase exposure to the sun or “Light Therapy” which involves exposure to a special light source that simulates sun exposure. Light therapy should only be used under the direction and supervision of a qualified physician. If you think you experience symptoms of depression, you should speak to your mental health provider.