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.

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Understanding Access to Care Is Critically Important in Choosing the Right Treatment Center

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

By Michelle McCabe-Gray

Are you or a loved one considering treatment? It could be one of the most important decisions you will ever have to make. Here are some things to consider when determining if treatment is right for your needs.

What type of treatment are you looking for?

Treatment centers come in all shapes and sizes. It is critically important that you do the necessary research to make sure the facility “checks the boxes” needed to aid in your recovery and ultimate success in treatment. Some examples of treatment needs may include:

  • Level of Care – Detoxification, inpatient rehabilitation, partial hospitalization with or without housing, intensive outpatient and/or outpatient program. Remember, many treatment centers have excellent relationships with other programs to help fulfill all of your needs.
  • Special Requirements – Ambulatory issues, dual diagnosis services, and/or dietary restrictions, to name a few.

Does the treatment center take my insurance?

When searching for a treatment center, you want to be sure to ask about insurance coverage. Just because they may not be in network with your specific insurance, the treatment facility may meet all of your other needs and therefore, you may want to utilize your out-of-network insurance. Some good questions to ask are:

  • Do you accept [xyz] insurance?
  • If you do not, do you take out-of-network benefits?
  • If you do not, do you provide any type of courtesy billing to my insurance?

What will a typical day look like when I am in treatment?

If you or your loved one is not yet ready to make that “treatment decision,” ask what a day in treatment looks like. “What will I be doing?” “Do you have any type of specialty programs like acupuncture or outdoor activities while in treatment?” Just finding some of the options and opportunities can be the deciding factor in getting into treatment.

Do you have a family program component and what does the alumni program look like?

Oftentimes, we do not think about the next step post-treatment prior to coming into treatment. It is never too early to ask about family visits, as well as what type of alumni activities and groups the treatment center offers.

Always keep in mind that when you or a loved one makes the important decision to begin the journey of recovery, the right treatment center can make all the difference. The admissions, business development, and marketing teams will help guide you through any and all questions or concerns you may have.

About the Writer
Michelle McCabe-Gray is the Director of Business Development of Huntington Creek Recovery Center and Pocono Mountain Recovery Center, located in Northeastern Pennsylvania and members of the Acadia Healthcare family. She can be reached at 570-881-1177 or