Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
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

Our Staff

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

Valerie M. Kading, DNP, MBA, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Group Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Valerie Kading is the Group CEO of the newly-formed Sierra Tucson Group of behavioral health facilities offering inpatient, residential, and outpatient treatment for substance use and co-occurring disorders. Formerly Chief Operating Officer of Sierra Tucson in Tucson, Arizona, Dr. Kading serves on the Sierra Tucson Executive Leadership Council, and heads up Sierra Tucson’s Alumni Services and the Connect365 continuing care treatment program.

Dr. Kading joined Sierra Tucson in June, 2015, and since that time has championed several programs that have led to improved operational efficiencies and profitability. Among her many accomplishments, she instituted the five-day Comprehensive Assessment Program and led the facility’s implementation of the electronic health record and computerized physician order entry system, dramatically decreasing paperwork and increasing face-to-face time with patients. With her expertise in postpartum care, she was instrumental in Sierra Tucson’s selection and certification in 2019 as only one of two facilities in Arizona chosen as qualified to administer Zulresso™, an IV anti-depressant medication for women suffering from postpartum depression.

She has written articles for multiple professional journals, and has led a variety of webinars, CEU events, and C4 conferences for organizations including: the Recovery Plus Conference, London, United Kingdom; Grand Canyon University; Southern Arizona Advanced Practice/Nurse Practitioner’s Primary Care Conferences; Tucson Postpartum Coalition; Philippine Nurses Association; University of Arizona College of Nursing Cultural Competency Workshop, and many others.

Dr. Kading graduated with honors from New Mexico State University in 2016 with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Her doctoral studies focused on optimizing health care systems and policies, translational methods and evidence-based practice, health care organization innovation, epigenetics, utilization of informatics in healthcare, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Her dissertation focused on increasing health care provider knowledge on perinatal depression. She created a web-based educational program for health care providers aimed at facilitating evidence-based treatment to perinatal women. She graduated with honors from the University of Arizona in 2004 with a master’s degree in nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2002, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1996. Dr. Kading also received a Master of Business Administration at The University of Arizona in 2019. In 2006, she founded the Southern Arizona Advanced Practice Nurse – Nurse Practitioner Society, a professional organization for nurse practitioners. Starting with just five members, today the organization has over 300 members active at the local and state level. The organization offer scholarships to nurse practitioner students and holds an annual primary care conference where over 150 medical professionals attend from all over Arizona.

Dr. Kading’s educational background and experiences in psychology, medical, business and administrative operations, has given her a unique perspective to deliver care with a lens toward clinical excellence and efficiency that benefits the patient and the family. Prior to serving as Chief Operating officer, she served as chief medical operations officer and interim chief medical officer at Sierra Tucson. As interim Chief Medical Officer at Sierra Tucson she led a team of physicians, nurse practitioners and PAs, during which time the medical team excelled in provision of medical and psychiatric care. As an integral member of the Executive Leadership Council, Dr. Kading is active in the following committees, including: Process Improvement, Policy & Procedures; Pharmacy & Therapeutics; Safety, Core Service Treatment Plan; and Leadership.

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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
We work with
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • TriWest Healthcare Alliance
Marks of Quality Care
These accreditations are an official recognition of our dedication to providing treatment that exceeds the standards and best practices of quality care.
  • Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA)
  • GeneSight
  • NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals
  • National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
  • National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS)
  • Neurostar
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval