Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Sierra Tucson to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Sierra Tucson.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Exciting Announcements at Sierra Tucson

Sierra Tucson – Ranked #1 in Newsweek’s list of Best Addiction Treatment Centers in Arizona for 2020!

By Valerie Kading, DNP, MSN
Chief Medical Operations Officer

It is with enthusiasm and gratitude that we share the exciting news of recent key additions to Sierra Tucson’s Medical Department:

Director of Addictions/Co-Occurring Disorders Program

Teresa Jackson, MD, is the director of the Addictions/Co-occurring Disorders Program at Sierra Tucson and started her tenure in late 2016. She received both her undergraduate degree and medical degree from the University of Arizona. Dr. Jackson started her career as a surgeon, and then entered the field of addiction medicine after adopting a sober lifestyle. Dr. Jackson is board certified in addiction medicine. She specializes in medical detox and medication-assisted treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. In her spare time, she enjoys running and cycling.

Inpatient Psychiatrist

James Prickett, DO, serves as our inpatient psychiatrist and completed his residency at the University of Arizona. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Des Moines University in Iowa. Dr. Prickett’s primary interest lies within psychopharmacology, traditional medicine, and the relationship between belief, spirituality and mental health. He has been a guest speaker on topics including autism, psychedelic drugs, adolescent substance use, and addiction. He has traveled to Ecuador on several occasions to study traditional medicine in both the Andes and Amazon basin. His research regarding the possible mechanisms by which ayahuasca treats addictions has been published in The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.

Naturopathic Physician

Erin Hayford, NMD, BCB, is a naturopathic physician who received her diploma from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, in 2016. Dr. Hayford is completing her residency training at Sierra Tucson and has a primary interest in mental health. She pursued elective coursework during her doctorate training to support her desire to serve this population, including additional counseling classes, and became board certified in biofeedback in 2016. As a naturopath, Dr. Hayford believes in the body’s innate ability to heal itself and works with residents to support this healing process through various modalities, such as herbal medicine, nutraceutical supplementation, lifestyle change recommendations, and stress reduction techniques. Dr. Hayford sees each resident as an individual, and along with the other care providers at Sierra Tucson, she works to meet each person’s unique needs to create a tailored treatment plan.

More About Sierra Tucson

The Medical Department continues to use principles of integrative medicine and remains the leader in offering innovative, evidence-based treatment for addictions/co-occurring disorders, trauma, chronic pain, and mood and anxiety disorders. Our medical interventions are customized to meet unique needs of each resident. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment for depression, and we are one of the few residential treatment facilities offering TMS Therapy to residents suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. Pharmacogenomics testing is available to all residents upon admission and supports clinical decision making when prescribing psychotropic medications, thus reducing or eliminating multiple medication trials and unwanted medication side effects. Core integrative services – including acupuncture, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing® Therapy, massage and shiatsu – remain central and integral to our integrative approach and are instrumental in the overall medical management of each resident.

Sierra Tucson Out and About

Several of our medical thought leaders have been featured at national conferences and workshops to share their expertise. As chief medical operations officer, I held a three-hour workshop, “Across the Life Span of Women’s Mental Health—An Integrative Approach to Postpartum Depression and Perimenopause Mood Dysregulation,” for therapists and medical providers on April 27-28 in Denver, Colorado. On April 23, I also delivered a presentation titled “Best Practices—An Integrative Approach to Optimizing Maternal Well-Being” to an audience of mental health providers in San Francisco. On April 21, Jerome Lerner, MD, director of Sierra Tucson’s Pain Recovery Program, delivered a keynote presentation, “New CDC Opiate Guidelines and the Future of Pain Management,” at the 2017 Austin TAAP Symposium. On April 12, Dr. Jackson was featured on KGUN-9’s Tucson Morning Blend to discuss the statistics and consequences of alcohol use. On April 3, Tena Moyer, MD, associate medical director, and Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC, CEIP, chief operations officer, presented “The Mature Adult Treatment Experience: Residential and Beyond” at the Foundations Innovations in Recovery Conference in San Diego, California. On March 30, Maureen Schwehr, NMD, director of integrative services, presented “The Gut Brain Connection: How Digestion Affects Mental Health” at the Phoenix Be Informed event. On March 8, Dr. Moyer and Vinck also co-presented “Collaborative Complex Co-occurring Disorder Treatment” at the 2017 Chicago BFI Summit for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Moyer also facilitated an Addiction Professional webinar, “It’s Not About Food, It’s About Feeding,” on February 15.