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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Our Staff

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

Elaine Hixson-Weiss, MC, LPC

Associate Clinical Director

Elaine Hixson-Weiss, MC, LPC, received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Tennessee and her Master of Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She began her career in mental health at an inpatient psychiatric unit, and then moved to working in residential treatment with dually diagnosed adults. After working with both populations, she discovered her passion for working with emergent adults. Elaine has experience working with trauma, eating disorders, addiction, and co-occurring disorders. She worked for two years as a primary therapist at Sierra Tucson, and returned to Sierra Tucson in 2017 as a primary therapist.

Elaine enjoys working on a multidisciplinary team. The collaboration with others to determine how to best support the needs of residents while also assisting them in achieving their treatment goals has provided invaluable experience. She believes much of her knowledge and experience has been gleaned from individuals, family members, and other providers over the years, including the experiences they have shared with her and the chance to witness transformations firsthand. Elaine believes laughter can be a great teacher that provides an opportunity to step back and look at a situation from a different perspective, realizing that oftentimes we are doing the best we can with the knowledge we have. She will frequently reference a book or a movie that may illustrate an example of dealing with a particular situation. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, rooting for the Tennessee Volunteers during football season, and spending time with her husband and their two dogs.

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The time spent at Sierra Tucson was the true beginning of my journey. Not only did I overcome my addictions, but I began to focus on the root causes that created my compulsions. I understand myself so much better now.

– Anonymous Client
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