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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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

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Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, combines cognitive and behavior therapies in order to provide residents with positive and healthy mechanisms to handle painful emotions. DBT was developed in the 1970s by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. to treat borderline personality disorders. Residents learn how to increase self-awareness, control self-defeating thoughts, modify thinking, and handle conflict and stress through the process of DBT.

Four Core Principles of DBT

DBT is based on four core principles:

1. The primacy of the therapeutic relationship

2. A non-judgmental approach

3. Differentiating between effective and ineffective behaviors

4. Dialectical thinking

The Four Treatment Modules of DBT

The DBT process involves a progression through four treatment modules:

1. Mindfulness

2. Distress Tolerance

3. Emotion Regulation

4. Interpersonal Effectiveness

DBT organizes treatment into stages and targets and, with very few exceptions, adheres strictly to the order in which problems are addressed.

What Are The Benefits of DBT?

DBT aims to help the residents in a very specific, organized fashion, and focuses on changing harmful behaviors.

The following are some of the benefits of DBT:

  • Decreasing high risk suicidal and self-harming behavior
  • Decreasing therapy interfering behaviors
  • Decreasing behaviors that interfere with quality of life
  • Learning and mastering behavior skills for mood-independent life choices
  • Decreasing symptoms related to trauma, stress, anxiety and depression
  • Enhancing and sustaining self-respect
  • Assistance with goal setting in order to create a life worth living

By focusing on facts rather than emotions or value judgments such as good/bad or fair/unfair, DBT residents enhance their abilities to respond positively and productively, without descending into self-blame or other destructive thoughts and behaviors.

What Disorders Does DBT Treat?

DBT was originally created to treat those with borderline personality disorder. This therapy can be beneficial for those suffering from a wide range of emotional and/or behavior issues.

The following are among the disorders that may be treated with DBT:

  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chemical Dependency/Addiction
  • Depression Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Because of the emphasis on regulating emotions and finding healthier coping mechanisms, DBT is increasingly being incorporated into the treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia,binge eating, compulsive eating and emotional eating. Eating disorders are often characterized by deeply negative emotions, impulsive behavior, and desperate attempts to relieve emotional or psychological pain. According to eating disorder specialists, DBT is a natural fit in treating these life-threatening conditions.

After several facilities failed, Sierra Tucson’s program saved my daughter’s life. The Family Program saved our family and helped the recovery of all.

– Anonymous Client
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  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • United Healthcare
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  • Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA)
  • GeneSight
  • National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
  • National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS)
  • Neurostar
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval