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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Newsweek Selects Sierra Tucson as Arizona’s Best Addiction Treatment Center

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

Facility honored for superior service, reputation, and accreditation

TUCSON, Ariz. (Aug. 26, 2020) – Sierra Tucson is proud to announce that it has been selected by Newsweek as the best addiction treatment center in the state of Arizona.

This is the first year Newsweek has evaluated and ranked addiction treatment facilities. The inaugural effort included detailed assessments of treatment centers in 20 states.

“We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to improve the lives of individuals and families who have been impacted by substance use and addiction,” said Sierra Tucson CEO Valerie Kading, DNP, MBA, MSN, PMHNP-BC. “The fact that the Newsweek rankings were based in part on surveys of our peers in the healthcare field makes this recognition particularly meaningful.”

Established in 1983, Sierra Tucson is a nationally respected provider of comprehensive residential services for adults of all genders who have been struggling with substance use disorders and other mental and behavioral health concerns. The center employs a client-directed, outcome-informed approach to treatment, with an emphasis on evidence-based, research-supported services and integrative therapies.

In addition to being accredited by The Joint Commission, Sierra Tucson has also earned dual licensure as both an inpatient behavioral health unit and a residential treatment center.

“The entire Sierra Tucson team works diligently to ensure that every person who is entrusted to our care receives the personalized services that will empower them to achieve successful long-term recovery,” Dr. Kading said. “The best possible outcome of our recognition in Newsweek is that it will give us the opportunity to help even more people during their time of need.”

About the Evaluation

Newsweek partnered with Statista Inc., a global market research and consumer data firm, to determine the premier addiction treatment facilities in each of the states that were included in this year’s report. The evaluation process included surveys of doctors, other healthcare professionals, and administrators. The facilities were assigned scores based on their quality of service, reputation, and accreditation.

The 20 states that were involved in this year’s rankings have the greatest number of addiction treatment facilities as determined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

For additional information, call Paul Maccabee at (612) 366-5287 or email