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

Residential Accountability and Safety Coaches Create a Safe Environment

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

Sierra Tucson’s team of Residential Accountability and Safety Coaches

By Scott Frazier, MSC
Program Manager

As pioneers in integrative treatment, Sierra Tucson created a new role – Residential Accountability and Safety Coach (RASC) – to bridge the gap between safety and assisting a resident to maintain his or her own level of accountability. Understanding the complex needs of an individual in crisis is vast and residents that come to treatment have various levels of differences, which may include engaging in maladaptive behaviors. Sierra Tucson created the RASC position as a means to track each resident and encourage healthier, safer behaviors in any situation.

Each RASC is trained in ethics, boundaries, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care, crisis prevention intervention, customer service, and other skills to keep our facility and residents safe. RASCs benefit our community by creating a least-restrictive environment in which they track each resident hourly to ensure protection and care. RASCs must also take attendance and locate residents not attending scheduled groups and activities to encourage full participation and promote a safe recovery environment.

If a resident starts to isolate or fall into old behaviors, a RASC will reach out to a masters-level residential therapist in order to ensure effective communication between line staff and clinical professionals. Each lodge on campus consists of assigned RASCs with whom residents become familiar to create an environment that fosters therapeutic rapport and ongoing delivery of recovery services. The continuous presence of our RASCs has created a customer-driven recovery atmosphere.

RASCs assist with accountability implementation by engaging in treatment team meetings whereby harmful recovery behaviors are identified. When necessary, they encourage the resident to identify the destructive behavior he or she is exhibiting and redirect the behavior to produce positive outcomes. RASCs inspire positive change through approaches that do not provoke further trauma response from the resident. They are skillful at delivering a message that challenges the resident’s behaviors and encourages community safety. Then, the RASCs convey the responses of redirection or maladaptive behaviors to the treatment team, thus creating a truly integrative and collaborative approach.

At Sierra Tucson, resident safety, community accountability, and customer service are key elements of the resident-centered care we provide. Our dedicated Residential Accountability and Safety Coaches work behind the scenes to create an atmosphere that supports healing and recovery. We have experienced tremendous success since establishing this new role, and our RASC team continues to develop and grow. The wellbeing of our residents is of the utmost importance.