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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When Helpers Need Help

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

A partnership between Sierra Tucson and Safe Call Now addresses first responders and their need for professional support

First responders are regularly exposed to traumatic events during the course of their career. Many of them, however, do not seek outside help and instead attempt to recover in isolation. Sierra Tucson is partnering with Safe Call Now®—a 24-hour crisis referral service for all public safety employees, emergency services personnel, and their family members—to provide professional support and treatment for first responders who are experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, anxiety, depression, or other related conditions.

Firefighters, police officers, EMT, paramedics, military, and other emergency personnel routinely encounter situations that most people never experience in a lifetime. According to Sean Riley, president and founder of Safe Call Now, “Studies have shown that domestic violence is 2-6 times higher among first responders; PTSD rates are double; divorce rates are as much as 25 percent greater; and addiction rates are reported as high as 3 times the general population.” Riley goes on to explain that long-term exposure to traumatic events has a negative impact on the psyche of any individual, including those in public safety.

Together with Safe Call Now, Sierra Tucson hopes to reduce the stigma of seeking professional help. “First responders are trained to save others and often struggle with ‘saving’ themselves,” Riley notes. The goal of this partnership is to develop an integrated system that removes all barriers and allows these men and women to receive the support they need with dignity and honor. Oftentimes, family members struggle alongside the first responder, and they need support as well. Sierra Tucson’s Family Program provides comprehensive services for loved ones.

Since 1983, Sierra Tucson has been a leader in the treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders, eating disorders, trauma-related issues, chronic pain, and mood and anxiety disorders. A multidisciplinary team of professionals delivers individualized treatment based on the unique needs of each resident. “Sierra Tucson is committed to offering a complete continuum of care for our public safety workers, “ says Michael Genovese, MD, JD, chief medical officer for Sierra Tucson. “We are grateful for their tireless efforts to keep our community safe. Our hope is to keep them healthy in mind, body, and spirit, so they can continue their calling: helping others.”


To learn more about Sierra Tucson’s comprehensive list of services, call our Admissions Coordinators today at (800) 842-4487. We are available to help first responders in need of compassionate care.