Archive: July 2016

A Note on the State of Managed Care

A Word from Our Director of Admissions: Rich Appert A recent admission to Sierra Tucson had me reflecting on our industry’s current interaction with commercial payers and managed care as a whole. While legislators and advocacy groups continue to trudge forward from a bureaucratic perspective (moderately successfully), it’s hard not to grow mildly disconcerted at the “one step forward, two steps back” nature of the relationship. The downward trend in... Read More

LGBTrauma: The Importance of Cultural Competency and Trauma-Informed Care

By David Cato, MSW, LMSW Primary Therapist, Trauma Recovery Program Growing up as an LGBTQ individual in Northeast Texas was difficult. When I began to question my orientation, there were no resources. I did not know any other LGBTQ individuals and no one else knew how to help me once I began to come out. It was very scary to be the only LGBTQ person I knew and not know... Read More

Trauma-Informed Care

Reducing one’s shame by using a non-pathologizing approach   By James Seymour, MD Director, Trauma Recovery Program at Sierra Tucson At Sierra Tucson, we provide what is referred to as Trauma-Informed Care for all of our residents. Trauma-Informed Care is the recognition by the treatment program and the clinical staff that a history of childhood trauma is very often associated with and underlies many of the challenges we see. This... Read More

Trauma Support Services for Our First Responders

In the wake of the recent tragedies and turmoil surrounding our nation’s men and women in blue, Sierra Tucson is partnering with Safe Call Now to help those affected by the police shootings. Post-traumatic stress (PTS) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cause severe emotional distress, and symptoms often intensify over time. Our Trauma Recovery Team is ready and available to support the victims of these horrific events, as well as... Read More