The Children’s Center Utah Connection

June 2022 | Vol.7

Dear Friends, 

Your continued investment helps provide critical services to Utah infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families and caregivers. Research shows that when mental health needs are identified early and treated, it has a lasting impact on future quality of life. There is a need for early childhood mental health services in Utah. National research from JAMA Pediatrics, shows Utah is among a group of states with the highest prevalence of child and adolescent mental health disorders, and the highest prevalence of youth with untreated mental health needs. 

We are seeing an increase in the daily volume of calls to our center seeking our specialized services. Please consider a gift today so we can continue assisting more children. 

Your donation today will support the 1,200 children and families we serve each year, 94 percent of whom come from households making less than 100% of the federal poverty level ($26,500 or less annually)! 

And if you choose to donate again, we are thrilled to let you know that any increase above your previous donation will be matched by our generous Challenge Grant Champions!

Our team looks forward to seeing many of you this Friday evening at SHINE!


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Your investment matters more than ever!

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Rebecca J. Dutson

President and CEO


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Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month is about breaking the stigma that still, in 2022, exists around the topic of mental health—from children’s mental health to adults. Your support helps us shine a light all year on an issue that is prevalent now more than ever. 

To raise local awareness, in partnership with The Children’s Center Utah, Utah Governor Spencer Cox declared May 7, 2022 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Utah.

Thank you for joining us, along with local businesses and community partners, in spreading awareness for Early Childhood Mental Health.  

Be a part of a child's healing journey!

Participate Year Round

Join Us Friday, June 3, 2022!

The Annual SHINE Gala is

The Children’s Center Utah’s largest fundraiser.

Don't miss out this event! - that includes a social hour, silent auction, entertainment, buffet dinner, and live auction.

Tickets and Tables

or call Mary Burchett at 801-578-2326

2022 SHINE Gala Sponsors

Chow down for charity at

Liberty Park!

After two years, Food Truck Face Off is back in-person and TCCU is joining the fun! Join us at Liberty Park on Saturday, July 16 for a day of food trucks, local music, craft beer and more to support three nonprofits dedicated to serving vulnerable Utahns:

  • Fourth Street Clinic
  • The Children's Center Utah
  • Utah Community Action 
Food Truck Face Off


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Jewelry Luncheon

In April, after two years, we hosted the Jewelry Luncheon in-person at the Little America Hotel. 

The 2022 Jewelry Luncheon featured a silent auction, opportunity drawing for three designer selections donated by O.C. Tanner Jewelers, and more than 2,000 jewelry pieces!

The sold-out event raised over $160,000 to provide comprehensive mental health care to children and their families. 

Thank you to all the attendees, community partners, volunteers, and sponsors for making this event possible. 

All donations made during the event were matched up to $25,000 by the Jeffrey S. and Helen H. Cardon Foundation. 

Special thanks to our Gold Sponsors

Merrick Bank Corporation

Andrea and John Miller

Lynnie and Bert Zimmerli

Our gratitude to our Challenge Grant Champions for matching all donations, dollar for dollar–tripling the support

for infant and early childhood mental health care.

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Congratulations to Jennifer Mitchell, Vice President, Clinical Strategy and Innovation, who recently became a certified trainer in the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) model. 

Jennifer, your dedication impacts the lives of hundreds of children every year!

About ABC

ABC is a 10-week evidence-based, short-term treatment model that focuses on helping caregivers provide nurturing care and engage in sensitive interactions with their children. The ABC program has two models, Infant and Toddler, that provide services for children six months to four years old.

ABC was first implemented at The Children’s Center Utah in early 2020 and now continues to increase the number of clinicians trained in the Infant model.

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We are thrilled to welcome Amy Bosworth as Director, Major Donor Relations. Her experience and passion for children and families will help us further strengthen our fundraising to expand and grow our services throughout the state. 

Amy Bosworth joins TCCU with 20+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she served as Chief Development Officer for Junior Achievement of Utah. Prior to her role at Junior Achievement, Amy held development roles at United Way of Salt Lake including the position of Vice President, Corporate Engagement.

Amy has a B.S. in Speech Communication from the University of Utah. She has two beautiful sons who inspire her to believe in a positive future for our community, country, and planet every day. 

Executive Leadership Team 

Rebecca J. Dutson 

President and CEO

Jennifer Mitchell, PhD, BCBA-D

Vice President, Clinical Strategy and Innovation

Amy Bosworth

Director, Major Donor Relations

Joni P. Clark, MEd

Director, Development

Malinda Freitag, CMHC

Clinical Director

Julie Hadlock, SHRM-SCP 

Director, Talent and Operations

Sara Johnson, LCSW

Therapeutic Preschool Program Director

McCall Lyon, PsyD

Teleconsultation Director

Evan Smith, MBA

Director, Finance


All Staff

In May we had the opportunity to gather in-person and celebrate the achievements of our amazing team for the first quarter of the year. 

We observed work anniversaries and recognized each team member's contribution and role. It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with each other around our mission.

Thanks to our Board of Directors for providing a special treat for our team that day! Everyone  enjoyed a specialty soda and pretzel from Thirst Drinks. 

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A Pathway for Improving Early Childhood Mental Health in Utah

In 2020, The Children’s Center Utah assembled the Utah Early Childhood Mental Health Working Group using the 2020 Kem. C. Gardner Institute report “Early Childhood Mental Health in Utah” as a starting point for understanding and discussing Utah’s early childhood mental health needs.

The working group consists of a cross-sector group of experts in early childhood mental health. The following organizations have member representation in the working group:

  • Cambia Health Foundation
  • Division of Substance and Mental Health
  • Governor's Office
  • Help me Grow Utah/United Way of Utah County
  • Huntsman Mental Health Institute
  • Intermountain Healthcare
  • Intermountain Medical Group
  • Jerry Seiner Dealerships
  • Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute
  • Office of Child Care, Department of Workforce Services
  • Primary Children's Center for Safe and Healthy Families
  • Primary Children's Hospital
  • The Children's Center Utah
  • University of Utah
  • Utah Community Builders Foundation
  • Utah Department of Health 
  • Utah Department of Human Services
  • Utah Hospital Association
  • Utah House of Representatives
  • Utah Parent Center
  • Utah State Board of Education
  • Voices for Utah Children
  • Wasatch Behavioral Health 
  • Wasatch Pediatrics Behavioral Health

During the 2021 Ready! Resilient! Utah Early Childhood Mental Health Summit, the Working Group heard and collected broad public feedback on the proposed vision, mission, guiding principles, and program and policy strategies for improving Utah’s early childhood mental health system.

Released in April, A Pathway for Improving Early Childhood Mental Health in Utah, outlines eight proposed strategies and tactics to improve outcomes for children and families.

Your investment matters more than ever. Your generous gift helps us continue our mission to provide comprehensive mental health care to enhance the emotional well-being of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.

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