Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Sierra Tucson.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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 has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being 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.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

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

Sierra Tucson Launches New Programs For Healthcare Heroes

New Healthcare Heroes Trauma Recovery Programs Launched by Sierra Tucson to Support Mental Health of Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

TUCSON, Ariz. (May 20, 2020) – The Healthcare Heroes Trauma Recovery program, a new mental health initiative designed to provide care for physicians, nurses and other frontline healthcare workers impacted by the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been launched by behavioral health and addiction treatment center Sierra Tucson.

The new program offers residential trauma treatment for nurses, physicians, healthcare technicians, social workers, respiratory therapists, psychologists, hospital administrators and other professionals whose careers involve caring for others – especially during this current pandemic.

Sierra Tucson has launched three ‘Healthcare Heroes’ program tiers for healthcare providers on its 160-acre campus in the hills outside Tucson:

  • A 5-day “Renew and Heal” option focused on promoting recovery and revitalization for healthcare workers;
  • A 14-day “Trauma Intensive” program for healthcare workers whose mental health and overall functioning has been negatively impacted by stress due to the coronavirus pandemic; and
  • A 30-day “Trauma Healing Program” is Sierra Tucson’s signature trauma program and is recommended for healthcare workers who may have had prior trauma and are now experiencing increased symptoms from their work dealing with the pandemic.

Integrative therapies available for healthcare workers dealing with trauma from the pandemic may include biofeedback, nervous system healing, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), equine-assisted therapy, trauma yoga, and small group discussions on grief and loss, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue.

“Even before the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare providers faced a heightened risk of trauma in the course of fulfilling their day-to-day responsibilities in hospitals and clinics,” says Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC, Group CEO for Sierra Tucson Group. “But now, we’ve seen tens of thousands of healthcare workers suffering from chronic stress, trauma, depression, grief, burnout, self-medication with alcohol and other drugs, insomnia – and even suicidal thoughts – as they bravely care for patients during this COVID-19 pandemic.”

Vinck notes that the COVID-19 crisis has forced healthcare workers to endure increased workloads, share the grief of patients and their loved ones, worry about their own exposure to the coronavirus and even fear for the possibility of infecting their own friends and family members with the virus.

“Healthcare workers have never faced mental health stressors like those inflicted by COVID-19 at this level before,” adds Vinck. “They are suffering compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma from all of the pain and grief they’re witnessing, combined with shame and moral injury – the soul-crushing impact of being unable to deliver comfort and health outcomes that they’ve been trained to provide.”

Note: The ‘Healthcare Heroes’ program is offering a complimentary teleassessment for any healthcare worker, conducted by a trauma healing counselor to determine the best individual treatment recommendation. To obtain that assessment, healthcare workers may contact Camille Drachman via email: Camille.drachmann@sierratucson.com or call: 800-842-4487.

For more information on Sierra Tucson’s Healthcare Heroes Trauma Recovery Program, visit: /programs/healthcare-heroes/ or call 800-842-4487.

About Sierra Tucson

For more than 37 years, Sierra Tucson’s longstanding legacy of clinical excellent and compassionate care has resulted in recovery for those struggling with substance use disorders, trauma-related issues, disordered eating, chronic pain, mood and anxiety disorders, and co-occurring disorders. Internationally renowned for its innovative approach to behavioral and mental health treatment, Sierra Tucson combines integrative and experiential therapies with evidence-based practices to provide a full range of treatment methods. Visit: