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

Healthy Social Media Tips

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On January 27, 2017, Sierra Tucson Chief Operations Officer Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC, CEIP, was featured on News 4 Tucson – KVOA, weighing in on the harmful effects of social media addiction. Compulsive behavior such as checking one’s news feed several times per day, or comparing oneself to the ‘perfect’ life of his or her friends, can actually lead to more serious conditions like depression and anxiety. Here are a few tips for healthy social media management.

  1. Evaluate your social media use and ask yourself, “Does it bring me joy?” If the answer is no, review your patterns of use, as well as the feelings that you experience about your place in the world when you use. Journal your use and associated feelings for a week. Decide if social media is worthy of your precious time. When we ‘Facebook stalk’ our high school nemesis that appears to have the perfect life, only to experience pain, it is a form of self-harm or “Cyber Cutting.”
  2. Take an inventory of how much time you are spending on social media. Ask yourself or your loved ones if your use is getting in the way of your relationships. Are you less productive at work or school due to constant viewing of Twitter or Instagram? Does your significant other feel that he or she is in competition with your phone? If any answers are yes, then commit to not checking your personal email or social media accounts during business hours, and do not bring your phone to the dinner table.
  3. Practice mindfulness when it comes to social media. Be present and in the moment, practicing deep breathing and active listening. This will result in a peaceful feeling of tranquility that exists only in the present, increasing your awareness of your surroundings. How many opportunities are missed because of the distraction of a buzzing phone and others’ updates?
  4. Set healthy boundaries with your technologyLimit use to one hour per day, only after self-care has been implemented. Take care of yourself—mind, body, and spirit—and turn to social media once those needs have been met. Feed your body and your soul before giving in to the urge to check the Twitter feed!
  5. Strive for internal validation by living a life that you know is “on purpose.” Know who you are and why you are here, regardless of the number of “likes” you receive on your recent photo or how many followers you have. Finally, please avoid comparing yourself to others, as their persona is not necessarily their truth. Everyone has seasons of pain and challenges. Most important, you are a child of the universe and deserve happiness!

For more information about Sierra Tucson’s comprehensive residential programs, please call our Admissions Coordinators at (800) 842-4487 .