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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Medically Assisted Treatment

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The appropriate use of medications for individuals suffering from severe depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, or other behavioral disorders can be extremely helpful in furthering recovery.

This is a process of balance, because the inappropriate use of medications can be a major cause of relapse and suffering. The challenge we face, especially in those who are recovering from a chemical dependency, is to identify those who will truly benefit from medication and those who will not.

Medical Evaluation

All residents admitted to Sierra Tucson will have their medication needs thoroughly evaluated. This includes assessment of the medications residents are taking prior to admission to Sierra Tucson as well as the need for medications during their stay. We often will discontinue all medications, if it is felt to be safe, to allow the resident a “drug washout.” This can often be extremely enlightening when done in a controlled setting, since many residents have problems that were caused by medications rather than relieved by them.

Experts in Medication Management

The medical and psychiatric staff at Sierra Tucson are experts, trained in the management of medications for use in psychiatric illness and chemical dependency. A thorough evaluation is given prior to prescribing any medication. We also talk with residents before a prescription is considered to discover their perspective on medications. Prescribing medications to a resident who is not willing to take them only invites non-compliance and failure. We offer educational sessions on medications in several of our informational lectures. A weekly mental health lecture also discusses the appropriate use of medications by any individual with a mental illness or a chemical dependency problem. Residents are educated about what medications may or may not be helpful. We also provide referrals to sources of information that can answer questions about specific issues.

In the past, residents have been advised that, “In recovery, all drugs are bad and should be avoided.” Although the intent of this message was valid, today it is neither practical nor helpful. Residents will be making decisions on a regular basis with issues regarding medications. Individuals need a process by which they can sort out the good medications (helpful and necessary) from the bad, as well as an environment that continually supports them.

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
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
  • National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
  • National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS)
  • Neurostar
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval